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Waller is 2019 recipient of Medal of Excellence

Waller is 2019 recipient of Medal of Excellence

By on Jul 28, 2019 in News | 1 comment

Friends of Football have announced the recipient of their 2019 Medal of Excellence, awarded for delivering excellence to our sport over a long time. She’s Carol Waller, who has contributed more than 45 years of service to our sport as a player, team manager, club administrator, regional and national administrator and who has represented New Zealand on and off the pitch. Friends of Football chair Earle Thomas announced the honour at New Zealand Football’s annual awards dinner in Auckland (July 27, 2019). Here is how Earle described Carol Waller’s achievements when presenting her medal: This person is living proof that someone can make a huge contribution to football through many different ways and over such a long time – yet still remain unknown to many of the thousands of players who benefit from her work. Yes, her work. Tonight we’re pleased to add a woman to the list of recipients of the Friends of Football Medal of Excellence. She deservedly joins a group of great achievers that includes John Adshead, Ivan Vicelich, the late Steve Sumner, Brian Turner, Bert Ormond, Warwick Gendall and last year’s recipient, historian Barry Smith. I can’t hope to do justice to all of Carol’s achievements – in fact, if you want to read them in full, I suggest you go to Jeremy Ruane’s excellent Ultimate Soccer website for his profile of this remarkable person. The profile lists more than 40 specific roles that Carol has performed within football since she became the first player to wear a goalkeeper shirt in the very first Auckland women’s rep team in 1973. She went on to become the goalkeeper in the first New Zealand national women’s team – one of the players who pioneered the start of organised women’s football in this country in the mid-1970s. Not content with merely playing the game, Carol became club secretary for Eden Football Club in Auckland, a role she held for 21 years, before it merged into Three Kings where she stayed on for another 12 years, receiving life members of both clubs. Outside of club football, she served for more than 30 years in various administrative roles in Auckland – with the Women’s FA, with Soccer Auckland and with...

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Special screening of The Keeper

Special screening of The Keeper

By on Jul 3, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football are to host a special screening of the critically-acclaimed feature film The Keeper, the story of footballing Bert Trautmann. Trautmann – famous for helping Manchester City win the 1956 FA Cup despite breaking his neck during the match – is the subject of this moving story of his journey from German soldier to British hero. Admission to the screening (at the Rialto, Newmarket, in Auckland) is free to financial members Friends of Football. Watch the film trailer here: The movie launches in New Zealand in late July and Friends of Football has secured a private screening for its members and their guests: When: 6.30pm Monday July 29, 2019 Venue: Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket, Auckland Cost: Free to Friends of Football members, $15pp for their guests Refreshments: We have access to a cash bar at the cinema To attend, all you have to do is RSVP by July 17 and we’ll email you your ticket. If you wish to bring along guests, please indicate on the RSVP form how many guests you plan to bring and we’ll arrange their tickets upon receiving your payment. Of course, they can also attend at no cost if you encourage them to sign up to join Friends of Football by July 17. Click HERE to RSVP. Click HERE to join Friends of Football online. We hope you can attend this special event – we believe watching this special movie in the company of fellow football enthusiasts will make it even more...

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Women’s World Cup Breakfast

Women’s World Cup Breakfast

By on May 31, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Here’s your chance to show your support for the Football Ferns in their quest to qualify for the knockout stages of this month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. Join Friends of Football for breakfast on Sunday June 16, and watch live TV coverage of the Ferns as they take on Canada in their group game at Grenoble, France. Venue is the Mayfield Sportshouse, 170 Wairau Rd, Auckland (5 mins off the Tristram Ave Motorway Exit). Doors open at 6.30am for 7am kick off. More info HERE. * Admission by ticket only. $15pp includes cooked breakfast. Email hilary@mayfield.co.nz to book your...

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Update – Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Day

Update – Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Day

By on May 17, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football advise that the inaugural Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Day has been postponed from its scheduled date of May 30. For a variety of reasons, the date was proving difficult for many football and sports groups whose members wanted to honour Bill’s memory with a round of golf at Waitemata Golf Course. Instead, Friends of Football plan to incorporate their tribute to Bill with their annual charity golf day to be held later in the year (and after the winter football season has ended!). We’ll announce details of that event later this year. Our thanks to those who did enter the May 30 event and we’re sorry for any inconvenience. The event organisers will be in touch to refund entry...

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Vale – Clive Herbert

Vale – Clive Herbert

By on Apr 28, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football sends it condolences to the family and friends of long-time football coach, administrator and mentor, Clive Herbert. He has died in Auckland, aged 85, after a short illness, early on Saturday April 27, 2019. Clive was the father of All Whites player and coach Ricki Herbert, and grandfather to Kale Herbert, a coach with Hamilton Wanderers. He was well-known and successful in several sports, including cycling, harness racing and football. He was a national cycling champion and represented New Zealand as a team official at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. He led home more than 150 winners as a harness racing trainer in the 1990s, winning almost $1 million in stakes. He trained 1993 Rowe Cup champion David Morris for a while, as well as open class pacer Metal Mickey. In football, he was best known as an administrator, being the chairman of the Northern Provincial Council in the 1990s and he helped steer the restructuring of the sport with the establishment of seven regional federations. At club level, he served in leadership roles with clubs such as the nationally-successful Mt Wellington and Manurewa, both of which he served as chairman. He was a patron of Albany United. Sport and family were the pillars of Clive’s life. In 1955, he married Shirley, an athlete who was Auckland’s 100-yards sprint champion and the daughter of a champion runner. They enjoyed six decades of marriage until Shirley’s death in August 2016. Clive and Shirley were supportive parents for daughter Deborah and son Ricki as they grew up in South Auckland in the 1960s. Ricki, a member of the 1982 All Whites and successful coach of the New Zealand team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has often credited his parents for his success as a footballer, saying they were a major influence throughout his career. In recent years, Clive worked tirelessly to help Ricki and grandson Kale grow and develop the Ricki Herbert Football Academy. His contribution included the coaching of youngsters, and sharing his knowledge and advice with players and coaches alike. He travelled as a hands-on team manager with a number of academy squads on international tours, acting as a trusted mentor. Academy teams regularly...

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