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Raceday outing for Friends of Football

Raceday outing for Friends of Football

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

Friends of Football will hold their second annual raceday at Auckland’s Avondale Racecourse on Friday July 15. After the success of last year’s event, Friends of Football have sponsored the upcoming raceday so members and supporters can enjoy a day out together. You can book small or large tables, or come along as an individual are get the benefit of: entry to the meeting and private function room racecard sumptious buffet lunch access to a cash bar the company of like-minded football fans! The meeting starts about noon and will conclude by late afternoon. To book your ticket(s), contact FoF treasurer Barbara Cox at b-cox@xtra.co.nz. For racing information, contact FoF/Avondale Jockey Club committee member Sam Malcolmson at s.andstar@xnet.co.nz Prices Individual tickets: $40pp Table of four: $150 Table of eight:...

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Golf Day – 2016

Golf Day – 2016

By on Apr 29, 2016 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

Thirty teams of football enthusiasts enjoyed Friends of Football’s second annual Golf Day at Auckland’s Akarana Golf Course, helping raise funds for the group. The rain held off, enabling teams of four to play golf, talking football and renew friendships. It was a chance to bring together football administrators – including a team from NZ Football – sponsors, former players and coaches and supporters from as far as Cambridge and Otorohanga. Several players went oh-so-close to scoring big prizes – including a $26,000 SSangYong Tivoli car (pictured) and $7,000 of Sleepyhead products. Friends of Football are already planning next year’s event, and encouraging teams to reserve their places early, given that this year’s event was easily sold...

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Second Charity Golf Day

Second Charity Golf Day

By on Feb 23, 2016 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

The independent football supporters group Friends of Football have announced their second charity golf day. It will be held at Auckland’s Akarana Golf Course on Thursday April 28, 2016, with a shotgun start at 12.15pm. Friends of Football hosted their first golf day last May with more than 100 football lovers playing 18 holes and with the chance of winning more than $40,000 of prizes. This year’s prizes will be announced in the run-up to the charity day but regardless of any luck of the green, entrants are assured of an enjoyable day. For more details or to enter, please contact arminlindenberg@xtra.co.nz, b_cox@xtra.co.nz or brian-turner@xtra.co.nz. Entry fees for this year’s tournament are $95 per person or $360 to enter a team of four....

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All White greats receive medals

All White greats receive medals

By on Nov 14, 2015 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

Legendary All Whites Steve Sumner and Brian Turner have become Friends of Football’s latest recipients of the Medal of Excellence, awarded for outstanding services to New Zealand football. Sumner, captain of the 1982 All Whites, and World Cup veteran Turner became the third and fourth recipients of the medal after former national coach John Adshead (2013) and long–serving All White Ivan Vicelich (2014). They received their medals at the annual Celebration of Excellence dinner held at the Auckland Grammar Old Boys’ Pavilion. Sumner (60) played more than 100 times for his adopted country, scoring 22 times in 58 A–level international fixtures. This included a record six–goal tally in a World Cup qualifier against Fiji, on the way to the 1982 finals in Spain (where he became the first All White to score at a finals tournament). Turner (66) took part in five World Cup campaigns as a player and member of the coaching/management team, and went to both the 1982 and 2010 finals tournaments. He’s a three–time winner of the Player of the Year award. Fellow internationals Mark Burgess and Bobby Almond led the tributes to the...

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NZFMA Awards – 2014

NZFMA Awards – 2014

By on Nov 11, 2015 in Awards - NZFMA, News, Previous Events | 0 comments

Programme of the Year Winner: Waitemata edited by Mark Reid Highly Commended: Hawke’s Bay United edited by Matthew Hastings, Papatoetoe produced by Andrew Kirk & Dana Jenkins Waitemata have won this award for the first time, after being finalists last year. 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: “The standard was generally very good. Programmes are often a labour of love for their producers, some of whom go to great lengths to deliver a product which merits retaining. “A programme is a club’s key communication tool and while the focus will obviously be on the first team, the likes of the over-35s and juniors should also be covered, while a player profile or two and a nod to the opposition never goes amiss. “Another preference is to have easy access to team line-ups, ideally on one page, and preferably on the back cover or as one of the centre pages, with league tables and the day’s other fixtures directly opposite if the latter approach is employed. “Today’s technology enables plenty of use of colour and photography, and the majority of entries ticked these boxes. Ngaruawahia United, in particular, impressed in these fields, as did WaiBOP United, whose variety of columns – book reviews and historical perspectives, for example – showed a willingness to think outside the square and offer more in ‘The Range’ than found in your average A5 matchday reading. “Some entries offered something novel – Seatoun’s cheeky humour and Manurewa’s kitchen menu, complete with photos of selected items on sale, caught the eye in this regard. Cambridge presented a top-notch junior directory, while Petone impressed with their efforts to embrace all areas of the club and the wider community via newsletters and a wall calendar, in addition to their matchday programmes. “Hawke’s Bay’s United Review is a decent read and Matt Hastings’ Football Talk column was always...

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Successful race day at Avondale

Successful race day at Avondale

By on Jul 20, 2015 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

Friends of Football members enjoyed a day at the races when they gathered at Auckland’s Avondale Racecourse to renew friendships, talk football and try to pick a winner. Avondale Jockey Club hosted the first Friends of Football-sponsored raceday, staging seven races and providing a private function room for the football group. “We know there are many football people who enjoy a day out at the races, so we thought this was a great opportunity for us to extend the profile and awareness of Friends of Football in the community and engage our growing support base in an afternoon of fun, friendship and fraternity,” said FoF chairman John Morris. The event was organised by former All White Sam Malcolmson, who is a board member of the racing club, and more than 40 Friends of Football members and supporters enjoyed the afternoon of racing. Winner of the Friends of Football 2000m was Gentle Ton Ton which paid $17 to win and put a smile on a few faces. After the last race, Malcolmson said the success of the day meant Friends of Football would look to establish it as an annual event, giving supporters the chance to mix and mingle during the football...

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