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Carters Henderson win golf day trophy

Carters Henderson win golf day trophy

By on Oct 18, 2019 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

Carters Henderson, led by Auckland City FC’s Darren White, have won the Bill MacGowan Memorial Trophy at Friends of Football’s fifth annual golf day. They and other foursomes enjoyed a full day of golf – and catching up with football friends – at the Waitemata Golf Club’s course where Bill MacGowan played his golf. Teams enjoyed competition for the stylish trophy, including a team led by Bill’s widow Trish MacGowan. Thanks to all those who took...

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Hay attends private screening

Hay attends private screening

By on Aug 28, 2019 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

New All Whites coach Danny Hay ended his first day in the job by attending Friends of Football’s recent private screening of the football documentary film Maradona. Hay was given a warm welcome by attendees of the cinema screening in Devonport, Auckland, when he was introduced by Friends of Football chair Earle Thomas. “The news of your appointment has gone well and we’re behind you,” Thomas told Hay who received a spontaneous round of applause. Members and their guests enjoyed two hours of Maradona, the warts-and-all story of the rise and fall of a player considered to be one of the world’s greatest. Friends of Football have hosted two private screenings of football-themed movies recently – the previous was The Keeper, the story of goalkeeper Bert Trautmann. To attend future events, including movies, you can join Friends of Football for a once-only joining fee of $40 with no need to pay annual subscriptions. You can apply for membership at this website. Photo: Danny Hay was presented with a Friends of Football polo shirt at the movie...

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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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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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MDNZ Race Day

MDNZ Race Day

By on Dec 24, 2016 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

Friends of Football invite members and supporters to join us at Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland, on February 18, 2017, to support our friends at Macular Degeneration New Zealand. This is an entertaining day at the races and a chance to catch up with the many football enthusiasts who support this charity day. MDNZ is a charitable trust that provides awareness, education and support to those who suffer from macular degeneration, a condition that threatens the eye sight of one person in seven over 50. Former All Whites coaches Allan Jones and John Adshead are prominent advocates for MDNZ and Allan’s wife Viv is an ambassador for the charity. In recent years, Friends of Football has booked tickets for the raceday on behalf of members, supporters and their friends, so we can have a great day out and all in a good cause. Here’s what you get: Entry to the Guineas Room Bubbles on arrival 3 bottles of wine per table Sumptuous buffet lunch Afternoon tea Fun and surprises revealed during the day All this is covered by a ticket price of $125. If you want to come along as part of the Friends of Football group, please email committee member Josh Easby at...

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Finalists Named in Football Media Awards

Finalists Named in Football Media Awards

By on Oct 25, 2016 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

New Zealand’s best football writers, photographers and broadcasters will be recognised at a dinner to celebrate the sport’s 125th anniversary. The New Zealand Football Media Association awards will be included in the festivities at the dinner being held at Auckland’s Heritage Hotel on Wednesday November 9. New Zealand Football are hosting the dinner with support from Friends of Football and the Football Foundation. Finalists for the NZFMA awards, which are being sponsored by Connect NZ and Kyocera Document Solutions, are: Programme of the Year Ellerslie, edited by Tim Adams Papatoetoe AFC, produced by Andrew Kirk & Dana Jenkins Waitemata, edited by Mark Reid Publication of the Year Friends of Football official magazines, edited by Josh Easby The National League Debates, by Bruce Holloway Writer of the Year Michael Burgess (NZ Herald, Herald on Sunday) Enzo Giordani (in-the-back-of-the.net) Steven Holloway (NZ Herald) Community-Internet Writer of the Year Enzo Giordani (in-the-back-of-the.net) Phillip Rollo (Nelson Mail) Dave Webster (thejourneyfan.blogspot.co.nz) Photographer of the Year Andrew Cornaga (Photosport) Shane Wenzlick (Phototek) Website of the Year www.footballnumbersblog.wordpress.com, Dieter Dvorak www.thejourneyfan.blogspot.co.nz, Dave Webster www.yellowfever.co.nz, Yellow Fever https://in-the-back-of-the.net , Enzo Giordani Audio Broadcaster of the Year Jason Pine (NZME) Yellow Fever – In The Zone (Dale Warburton, Guy Smith, Evald Subasic, David Cross) Television Broadcaster of the Year Jason Pine (Sky TV) Gordon Glen Watson The New Zealand Football Media Association started life as the New Zealand Soccer Writers’ Association and was set up primarily to help sports journalists cover the Rothmans League, founded in 1970 and notable as the country’s first national league in any sport. The association’s first media awards were made in 1980, with a Writer of the Year and Programme of the Year recognised. Further categories were added in photography in 1981 and broadcasting in 1986. The awards have since evolved to incorporate publications, a regional-community-website writer category, and website of the year. The NZFMA began collaborating with Friends of Football two years ago. Its awards were presented at the FoF Celebration of Excellence dinner at Auckland Grammar in 2014 and...

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