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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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Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Tournament

Bill MacGowan Memorial Golf Tournament

By on Apr 15, 2019 in News | 1 comment

Friends of Football are staging a special day of golf in the memory of the late Bill MacGowan, one of our sport’s best leaders. It’s at Auckland’s Waitemata Golf Course on May 30. We invite all football enthusiasts who want to celebrate Bill’s life (and his passion for the games of football and golf) to join us. Click HERE for a flyer with golf day details. Register...

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Vale – Jock Irvine

Vale – Jock Irvine

By on Apr 4, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Friends of Football sends its condolences to the friends and family of Jock Irvine, the former chairman of NZ Football and the Auckland Football Federation. We’ve lost someone who made a huge contribution to our game. NZ Football, in acknowledging the loss, said: “During his time as New Zealand Football Chairman, he was instrumental in bringing the FIFA U-17 World Cup to the country in 1999 – the first time New Zealand had ever hosted a FIFA tournament.” Bob Patterson, chairman of Auckland Football, said: “He had a long history in the game and was renowned for his honesty, integrity and fairness. He was a good person and I’m proud to have known him.” Jock was a loved and cherished husband of the late Lorraine and partner of Faye Sumner. He was also a treasured and greatly-loved father to Helen and Lawrie Morton, Diana and Patrick Foote, Jane and Andrew Matthews and Sarah and Jonathan Woodhams. He was a proud and adoring grandfather to Dougie, Angus, Archie Jock, Ben, Isla, Sam, Joey, Charlie, Jack, Fergus, Lucy and Max. A service for Jock was held on Thursday 4 April at St Mary’s-in-Holy Trinity,...

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A Comedy Night to Remember

A Comedy Night to Remember

By on Mar 27, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Football fans are invited to a night of comedy in May as Takapuna AFC and Scousers Football Club get behind their annual charity fundraiser. Tickets are already on sale at $30 pp for the Carlsberg-sponsored Comedy Night at Takapuna FC clubrooms on Friday May 10, 2019. Friends of Football encourages members to get behind this worthwhile night as it’s a chance to support local causes including Hospice North Shore, Starship Hospital, Motor Neurone Disease Association and others. More details from organiser Brian Giblin – b.giblin@xtra.co.nz or 027...

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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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