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Pioneering coach dies in Auckland

Pioneering coach dies in Auckland

By on Nov 17, 2017 in News | 0 comments

One of New Zealand’s most successful club coaches, Bert Ormond, has died in Auckland, aged 86. He led Blockhouse Bay to a league-cup double in the inaugural season of the national league in 1970, and he captained New Zealand on their world tour of 1964. Last year, he was honoured by the football community, being awarded a Friends of Football Medal of Excellence, in front of a 300-strong audience at the sport’s 125th anniversary dinner. Ormond emigrated to New Zealand after a successful playing career in Scotland where he played for Falkirk, Airdrie and Dumbarton scoring 34 goals in 83 appearances, playing in those days as an inside forward. He arrived in Gisborne in 1961 and immediately joined Eastern Union, a football powerhouse in those days, and then Gisborne Thistle where he left a rich footballing legacy. In 1964 the Ormond family moved to West Auckland which is where he began a successful playing and coaching career with Blockhouse Bay, his only other club in New Zealand. Ormond first represented his adopted country in 1961, shortly after arriving from Scotland, scoring against New Caledonia, and in 1964 he had the honour of captaining New Zealand on its 15-match World Tour. In total, he played in 21 internationals for New Zealand, 17 of them while he was a member of Blockhouse Bay. In 1969, Blockhouse Bay, under his coaching, qualified for the inaugural Rothmans Soccer League, a controversial decision at the time by NZFA but one that turned out to be pure genius. On qualifying, Ormond immediately started to assemble a squad for the start of the season. Bay went on to win the first National League title and then climaxed the season with victory in the Chatham Cup Final in a thrilling replay at Newmarket Park against Western Suburbs of Wellington. Ormond insisted on a professional approach to every game: players had to wear a dress uniform to the game, the team always had lunch together prior to the game, and there was always a huge after-match function for players and supporters regardless of the result. It was a formula that other clubs copied. After the tremendous success of that first season, Blockhouse Bay remained a power in the...

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NZFMA award winners announced

NZFMA award winners announced

By on Nov 12, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Programme of the Year Winner: Shared by Waitemata edited by Mark Reid and Papatoetoe AFC Ladies edited by Andrew Kirk Highly Commended: Auckland City FC and Eastern Suburbs Waitemata complete their hat trick in this category while Papatoetoe make it third time lucky after narrowly missing out as beaten finalists in 2014 and 2015. First presented in 1980, Programme of the Year was won by Gisborne City for the first eight years (1980-87) and then Napier City Rovers for the next 11 (1988-1999, shared with Hutt Valley United in 1992). Napier also won in 2011 for the 12th time, extending the club’s record in this category. Judge: Jeremy Ruane (Former Regional-Community Writer, Programme and Publication of the Year winner) Judge’s comments: “Thank you to Auckland City FC, Auckland Football Federation, Cambridge, Eastern Suburbs, Ellerslie, Manurewa, Napier City Rovers, Papatoetoe, Stop Out and Waitemata for their submissions, which were generally of better than average quality, with most making great use of colour, content, white space and action photography to assist in communicating their message to the masses.” “From the ten contenders emerged three finalists and a mention in despatches for Eastern Suburbs, who are to be commended on bringing their club’s history to life in their programmes – well done!” “For a club which plays during the summer months, Auckland City produce a solid programme, rich in colour, information, eye-catching photos and headings and topicality – mention must be made of their community-focused activities in this regard.” “The Papatoetoe Ladies programme is without question the benchmark for the women’s game, with solid features on the opposition, their own stars, the latest news and action shots from around the club and the game, Pam’s Pantry, Five Faves and a unique “Guess The Baby” feature, a genuine highlight of a well-presented 36-page read.” “Waitemata have won this award in each of the past two years, and their hat-trick-hunting entry is, as you would expect, hewn from the same rock. The attention to detail is meticulous, while other highlights include a life member’s Dream Team, a historic look at Today In Football, and solid multi-page profiles on both the opposition and one of the club’s stars, all inside 36 full colour pages.” “As...

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Friends of Football supporting this special team

Friends of Football supporting this special team

By on Nov 7, 2017 in News | 0 comments

While New Zealand football’s finest players await their chance of World Cup glory against Peru, another group of players are keenly anticipating their own shot at sporting achievement. A group of Auckland athletes with intellectual disabilities are ramping up their training regimes, as they prepare to compete at the Special Olympics New Zealand National Summer Games. Their pinnacle event will be held in Wellington from November 27 to December 1. Friends of Football have thrown their support behind this special team. On Sunday November 5, the Auckland Special Olympics squad were presented with new strip, match and training balls, and kit bags, provided by apparel company Kappa and sponsored by Friends of Football. The presentation took place at half-time of Auckland City’s ISPS Handa Premiership match against Canterbury United at Kiwitea St, Sandringham. Nine footballers from Special Olympics Auckland, and three team management, are set to take part in the Games. The kit presentation will be made by former All White Earle Thomas and Alan Yates, representing Friends of Football, and Mark Elrick of Kappa. Thomas, who is Chair of Friends of Football, said his members could feel proud of their support for a group of footballers who fully deserved the chance to enjoy the thrill of taking part at a national event. “Friends of Football are pleased to be able to support the Special Olympics Auckland football team and wish them well at the National Summer Games”. Thomas said he was grateful to Kappa’s Mark Elrick, another former All White, for recognising the importance of providing football uniforms that would lift players’ spirits. Alice Black, the head coach of the Special Olympics Auckland Football Team, said: “The athletes and coaches very much appreciate the support of Friends of Football and the uniforms will look awesome. “For the first time this millennium we will be bringing a football team to the National Summer Games, which we are very excited about. “All of the athletes and volunteers are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to compete with and meet athletes, especially from other regions,” said Mike Ringrose, Chair for Special Olympics Auckland. Held every four years, the Games is New Zealand’s largest event for people with intellectual disabilities and will...

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NZFMA Footballer of the Year finalists named

NZFMA Footballer of the Year finalists named

By on Nov 2, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The four finalists for the 2016-17 New Zealand Football Media Association Player of the Year have been determined. They are: Abby Erceg Winston Reid Ryan Thomas Chris Wood The winner will be announced at New Zealand Football’s charity dinner at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Friday, November 10 – the night before the home leg of the All Whites’ World Cup playoff with Peru. The function is being held in conjunction with Friends of Football and the NZFMA. The NZFMA Player of the Year award aims to acknowledge the most successful New Zealand footballer, male or female, at home or abroad, during the 2015-16 season. Abby Erceg captained the Western New York Flash to the 2016 US NWSL title. Winston Reid played 30 games to help West Ham place 11th in the English Premier League. Ryan Thomas was outstanding at the Confederations Cup and helped keep PEC Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie. Chris Wood was the English Championship’s top scorer with 27 goals for Leeds and was shortlisted for the division’s Player of the Year award. The Player of the Year award was founded in 1970 by the New Zealand Soccer Writers’ Association, the forerunner of the NZFMA, to coincide with the launch of the National League. Previous winners include All Whites greats such as Steve Sumner, Brian Turner and Grant Turner. After a hiatus of several seasons, the award was revived two years ago, with Winston Reid winning it for the second year running in 2016, ahead of fellow finalists Abby Erceg, Amber Hearn and Chris Wood. Also being announced at the 125th anniversary dinner will be the winners of the NZFMA media awards, sponsored by Connect NZ in association with Zoom. Connect NZ are authorised resellers of the Zoom Video Conferencing suite of products throughout New Zealand, offering affordable plans for all business...

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Issue 8 of FANZ released

Issue 8 of FANZ released

By on Oct 31, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football publishes a free digital magazine called FANZ: The Football Magazine. It is published at least quarterly, with special bonus issues to highlight special events or achievements. You can read the latest issue of FANZ here or...

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Another day at the races

Another day at the races

By on Oct 31, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football invite members and supporters to join us at Avondale Racecourse, Auckland, on November 30, 2017, for an afternoon of racing. This is an entertaining day and chance to catch up with friends, regardless of whether you are a follower of horseracing or not. This is our third year of holding this event. Your ticket includes entry to our private function room, a buffet lunch and a complementary drink on arrival. Tickets are only $40 pp and you can book individually or for tables of eight or 10. To book your ticket, email Friends of Football at...

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