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RIP – Ian Hastie

RIP – Ian Hastie

By on Aug 6, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Former New Zealand international Ian Hastie has died in Auckland. Hastie, who was in his late 60s, played six times as a central defender for New Zealand and made more than 60 National League appearances in the successful Mt Wellington club team of the early 1970s. He scored his only international goal on his New Zealand debut, a 4-2 loss to New Caledonia in July 1971. His final appearance was in a 1-1 draw with Indonesia in late 1972. Hastie moved to Australia to play semi-professional football but soon became passionate about greyhound racing which he began to follow. He returned to New Zealand in the mid-1970s and to retired from all football while still in his 20s to take up a career as a racing greyhound trainer. He became a successful trainer and breeder, producing many winners in Australia and New Zealand, including the dog Rummo which was admitted to the NZ Greyhound Racing Hall of Fame. Hastie died suddenly on July 31, 2018, and his funeral was planned to be held at his Waiau Pa home, south of Auckland, at 11am on Tuesday August 7. (All funeral communication to wendy.hunt@fountainsfunerals.co.nz.) Friends of Football sends its condolences to Ian Hastie’s wife Wendy, his son Scott and partner Tracey, and extended...

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World Cup breakfast winner

World Cup breakfast winner

By on Jul 2, 2018 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

More than 100 football fans enjoyed a World Cup breakfast at Auckland’s Mayfield Sporthouse, thanks to Friends of Football and the NZ Football Foundation. They watched the England v Belgium group game live and caught up with friends at the three-hour function on Friday June 29. The foundation raffled an All Whites shirt signed by skipper Winston Reid. Fittingly, the raffle was won by Brian Giblin, a member of Takapuna AFC, the club where Reid used to play his junior football. Photo: Giblin (left) receives the shirt from NZ Football Foundation CEO Noel Barkley....

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Annual Golf Day moves to top Titirangi course

Annual Golf Day moves to top Titirangi course

By on Jun 29, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Football’s annual Golf Day is moving to the top-rated Titirangi Golf Club this year. The charity event brings together football enthusiasts who enjoy a round of golf and a day of fun in good company. Run by Friends of Football and the NZ Football Foundation, and supported by NZ Football, the event has previously been held at the Akarana and Maungakiekie courses. This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday October 30 and will use a Stableford best ball format, with a maximum of 32 teams. Entry fee for a team of four is $750, and this covers pre-match lunch, drinks on course, a gourmet buffet dinner with a rich table of prizes. Players will also be able to take part in a charity auction and win superb raffle prizes. Click here for more information and link to entry form. More information: Friends of Football – secfof@gmail.com or NZ Football Foundation –...

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Allbirds – presented by Tim Brown

Allbirds – presented by Tim Brown

By on Jun 24, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Former All White Tim Brown has inspired local marketers with his story of how he’s grown a global footwear business since his retirement from football. Speaking to members of the NZ Marketing Association in Auckland, Brown shared a presentation on the growth of his Allbirds footwear brand, turning the merino wool shoes into an international brand from his United States base. The event was co-organised by Friends of...

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World Cup Breakfast – England v Belgium

World Cup Breakfast – England v Belgium

By on Jun 24, 2018 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

Do you want to watch World Cup football in the company of like-minded enthusiasts for the game? Friends of Football and the NZ Football Foundation are co-hosting a gathering at Mayfield Sportshouse in Wairau Road, Auckland, on Friday June 29, 2018, to watch the England v Belgium match live on the big screen. Entry is $15 pp and by ticket only, and includes a cooked breakfast. Doors open at 5.30am and kick off is 6am. Tickets are limited to 140 and need to be bought in advance. To book your ticket, click here and make payment to: BNZ 02-0144-0285148-00 (Reference: Your Surname). Any queries, please email the Secretary –...

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The Allbirds story: a global brand with a NZ heart

The Allbirds story: a global brand with a NZ heart

By on Jun 13, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Top New Zealand marketers are to get the chance to hear the fascinating story of former All White Tim Brown and the meteoric growth of his Allbirds footwear brand. The New Zealand Marketing Association in association with Friends of Football is staging a lunch on June 21 for Brown to share his account of product innovation and global brand building with members of the NZMA. Tickets to the event sold out immediately when the NZMA opened sales to its members. Friends of Football are delighted to support the event, having helped organise the session with Brown who is now based in San...

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