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Hamilton Wanderers’ Gala Dinner

Hamilton Wanderers’ Gala Dinner

By on May 25, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Hamilton Wanderers will stage their annual Gala evening on Thursday 21st June at SkyCity Hamilton. The event is being staged in partnership with Child Matters and supports a member of the Wanderers family (Emmett who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This year’s line-up includes MC Miles Davis with Honey Hireme and Nick White hitting the couch for a chat! Both Honey & Nick are superstars in their own right, so you’ll be in for a great evening. Tickets are $100 each which includes a three-course dinner. Throughout the night there will be auction items to raise money for Child Matters and Wanderers Sports Club. Options for the tables include $100 per ticket, or fill a table of 10 for $1,000. To secure your table, please email...

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Thank You John Morris

Thank You John Morris

By on May 25, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football found a special way to thank former chairman John Morris for his efforts in the role, presenting him with a framed copy of this outstanding image of him in his playing days. Morris stood down as chairman last year but caught up for dinner with current committee members, providing them with the opportunity to surprise the former Blockhouse Bay and New Zealand goalkeeper with the photograph of him. The image was captured by football photographer Dave Barker during a national league match at Newmarket Park in 1976 between Bay and North Shore United. It shows Morris at full stretch, tipping a shot over the...

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Laughter and football – all for a good cause

Laughter and football – all for a good cause

By on May 11, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Congratulations to our friends at Takapuna AFC and the Scousers Football Club for staging another fun event to raise money for a number of good causes. They are staging a comedy night at the Takapuna AFC clubrooms, Auckland, on Friday June 1. Charities to benefit include Hospice North Shore, Starship Hospital, Motor Neurone Disease Association and others. Comedy acts include Andrew Clay, Jarred Fell, Jamie Bowen and comedy magician Nick...

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Sport loses one of its most respected leaders

Sport loses one of its most respected leaders

By on May 8, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Football has lost one of its most accomplished administrators with the death of Bill MacGowan. The former Chief Executive of New Zealand Football has died, aged 66. More recently, he had been Chief Executive of the Auckland Football Federation, a role he relinquished in mid-2017 due to illness. He had also held senior administrative roles in other sports, having been CEO of the Auckland Warriors rugby league club and of New Zealand Golf. New Zealand Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said MacGowan’s passing was a sad day for the football community. “First and foremost our thoughts and sympathies are with Trish and the whole MacGowan family at their time of loss,” said Martin. “Bill will be remembered as a pioneer of sports administration in this country. He had a significant impact on sport in New Zealand and was an influential leader of New Zealand Football on two occasions. “He made a positive difference to football in this country at all levels and led the successful staging of the FIFA U-17 World Cup – the first FIFA event to be held in New Zealand. He will be missed by many in the football community.” Former All Whites coach Ricki Herbert was among those in football who paid tributes to MacGowan, saying MacGowan had a major influence on him when he was in his national coaching role and “I will always be grateful to him.” MacGowan arrived in New Zealand from Scotland as a seven-year-old in the 1950s. He played football at junior level for East Coast Bays before playing for Blockhouse Bay in the national league. He went on to coach a number of clubs, twice being named Auckland’s coach of the year. After success in business – he spent some years as managing director of P&O New Zealand (services) – he began his first stint with the national soccer association. Following his term there he ran the successful FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1999 in New Zealand before becoming New Zealand Football CEO again. MacGowan subsequently changed sports to take up a role as New Zealand Golf Chief Executive and his most recent role was with the Auckland Football Federation. A service for Bill MacGowan will be held at...

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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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