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Calling all former All Whites and Football Ferns!

Calling all former All Whites and Football Ferns!

By on Sep 11, 2017 in News | 1 comment

Friends of Football is building a database of New Zealand international players to help make sure you get the chance to participate in football-related events and gatherings. But you need to make sure we have your contact details. Since last year’s 125th Anniversary of Football Dinner in Auckland, Friends of Football has been working with NZ Football and the Football Foundation to set up a database of living internationals. The database has already been used to provide ticket offers to All Whites and Football Ferns international matches and to social events. Your contact details will be used solely to keep you connected to the sport you love – we won’t pass them to any third party without your approval. If you are an ex-All White or Football Fern please email your details to the secretary of Friends of Football – secfof@gmail.com Please share this on your social media or contact your ex team mates – the more we can spread the word the...

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2017 Golf Day

2017 Golf Day

By on Apr 30, 2017 in News | 0 comments

More than 130 football enthusiasts enjoyed a game of golf and catching up with friends at the third annual golf day held by Friends of Football and NZ Football. Teams gathered at Auckland’s Maungakiekie Golf Club on Friday April 29, 2017, to play a round and enjoy a social event in the clubhouse afterwards. The Prostate Cancer Foundation were special guests at the event, helping to remind men over 50 of the need to get regular tests for early signs of the disease. More photos...

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Join now!

Join now!

By on Mar 27, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Join Friends of Football by the end of April and you’ll get a smart polo shirt as well as all our usual membership benefits. It’s all part of a special offer to new members, and we’re also offering the shirt at a special low price to existing members. For more details, click...

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Football loses one of its most successful leaders

Football loses one of its most successful leaders

By on Mar 15, 2017 in News | 1 comment

One of New Zealand football’s most successful administrators, Harry Dods, has died in Auckland after a lengthy illness. He was a former chairman of Auckland Football and New Zealand Football and will be remembered within football for helping introduce innovative ways to raise funds for the sport. A qualified accountant, Dods moved to Auckland in the mid-1970s from New Plymouth where he had been an active member of New Plymouth United, a club for which he was made a Life Member. He was employed by the Auckland Football Association and with Eden FC’s Roy Cox the pair became a formidable partnership who used innovative fundraising methods that helped raise money needed for New Zealand’s 1982 World Cup campaign. Dods became the CEO of the successful 1982 World Cup campaign, and was able to watch his son Glen become a key member of the squad that qualified for the finals in Spain. Dods later became chairman of Auckland Football Association, and then the chairman of the NZ Football Association. He and his great friend Cox were strongly supportive of the women’s game, helping it establish its own organisation structure. In 2001, Dods was appointed National Games Director for New Zealand Special Olympics, organising 14 sports for 1800 competitors with the assistance of 750 volunteers. He was both the founding Chairman of Sport Auckland as well as founding Trustee, Chairman and Treasurer of SENZ Charitable Trust, an organisation set up to provide training and employment opportunities for young adults. He was a trustee for the Mt Wellington Stadium Charitable Trust, the organisation responsible for Bill McKinlay Park. Dods was a Life Member of the Auckland Football Federation and its predecessor, the Auckland Football Association, as well as the Auckland Junior Football Association. Friends of Football sends its condolences to Harry Dods’ partner Judy, and to the Dods family. His funeral is expected to be held in Auckland next Monday (March 20) and we urge football supporters to look for details when they are...

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Football’s annual golf day set for April

Football’s annual golf day set for April

By on Feb 10, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football’s third annual golf day will be held at Auckland’s Maungakiekie Golf Club on Friday April 28. The independent supporter group will host the event in partnership with New Zealand Football, giving the chance for football enthusiasts to catch up for a round of golf and a crack at some seriously good prizes. The golf day has become a popular item on the football calendar with more than 30 teams of four golfers competing for the chance to land major prizes for holes-in-one, long drives and closest-to-the-pin. But the real fun is in catching up as past and present footballers – including All Whites – swap stories and enjoy each other’s company. After two years at Akarana Golf Club, Friends of Football have booked this year’s event at Maungakiekie Golf Club in Mt Roskill. Entries are open for teams of four, or you can enter as an individual and be placed within a team. Costs are $95pp or $360 for a team. The competition is played with the Ambrose Format with a shotgun start at 12.15pm and the day finishes with food, drink and prize presentations in the clubhouse. Entry fee covers a goodies bag on arrival, a hamburger lunch and refreshments during play, with a complimentary drink after play, with platters of food supplied to each team. To register for the 2017 Golf Day click here. For more details please email arminlindenberg@xtra.co.nz, brian-turner@xtra.co.nz or a.yates@giltrapnissan.co.nz. Photo: Players at last year’s Friends of Football golf day had the chance to win this $26,000 SsanYong...

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RIP – Steve Sumner

RIP – Steve Sumner

By on Feb 8, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football joins all those in our sport who are mourning the loss of former All Whites captain Steve Sumner who has lost his battle with prostate cancer aged 61. The legend of New Zealand Football, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in September 2015, endured six rounds of chemotherapy and defied the odds before his health deteriorated at the start of this year. Steve passed away, surrounded by his family, at his Christchurch home on February 8. New Zealand Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said Sumner’s passing was a sad day for the football community in this country. “First and foremost our thoughts go out to his family and friends in their time of grieving. Steve was not only a great footballer, he was also a great man and he will be sorely missed,” said Martin. The CEO said Sumner will be remembered as one of the most influential footballers this country has ever produced. “What he and the All Whites team from 1982 achieved in that FIFA World Cup campaign put New Zealand on the world football map and his legacy will last forever,” he said. “We were fortunate to have a great time with Steve at the 125th anniversary of New Zealand Football last year and it was a special occasion for him in particular to reflect on all the amazing moments he was part of in the All Whites and in New Zealand Football.” After serving an apprenticeship with Blackpool, the English-born Sumner came to New Zealand in 1976 to begin his football career with Christchurch United where he won the League title in his first season. Sumner went on to win six Chatham Cup titles – the only player to have won six Chatham Cup winner’s medals – and five league titles. The attacking midfielder’s international career spanned from 1976 to 1988 where he represented a record 105 times, 58 of which were A internationals where he scored 22 goals. He holds the record for the most goals scored in an international when he scored six goals during New Zealand’s 13–0 defeat of Fiji during the 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign. His goal in the 5-2 loss to Scotland...

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