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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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Golf day highlights U-20 tournament

Golf day highlights U-20 tournament

By on May 24, 2015 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

More than 100 football-loving golfers had a great day at the inaugural Friends of Football and NZ Football annual golf day at Auckland’s Akarana Golf Club. With little more than a week to go before the start of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, it was a wonderful chance for football supporters to share the anticipation of the tournament while chasing golf balls around the course. More than $40,000 of prizes were up for grabs and just about everyone went home with something. The biggest potential prizes were a $30,000 SsangYong Korando for anyone who hit a hole-in-one on the 3rd while $5,000 cash was available for those who struck the perfect shot on the 16th hole. Bruce Cullen got within 25cm of winning the car while Chris Talbot went closest to taking home the cash. An auction afterwards raised almost $5,000 for Friends of Football with the sale of a signed All Whites shirt from the 2010 World Cup Finals raising a healthy $1,500. The proceeds from the day will help Friends of Football in their efforts to support the game in New Zealand, through the recognition of excellence and the preservation of the sport’s heritage. Wrapping up the day, NZ Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said all football supporters should be looking forward to the U-20 World Cup and be confident that the New Zealand team would be one of the best prepared national sides ever fielded by the...

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One more Sunday at the Park

One more Sunday at the Park

By on Mar 16, 2015 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

It may be 36 years since a match was played at Auckland’s Newmarket Park but dozens of games and incidents were replayed in a matter of hours when Friends of Football staged a reunion at the ground. The independent supporter group provided guided tours for former players, coaches and supporters who wanted to see the park again, and remember the internationals, national league games and cup finals that once took place there. Over a Sunday afternoon, a steady stream of football lovers took time out to stroll around the park devastated by a landslide in 1979 but which has since enjoyed a $6.7 million rehabilitation into a family-friendly park by Auckland Council. Many former internationals and national league players joined fans, referees and administrators to recount some of the stories of Newmarket Park. Former All White Sam Malcolmson was reunited with referee Les Coffman on the very spot Malcolmson was sent off during a local derby between Eastern Suburbs and Mt Wellington. International full back and former national league coach Maurice Tillotson was able to acknowledge the memory of his father whose ashes were spread in the eastern corner of the park when it was still a football ground. And players were able to embellish the memories of goals scored from impossible positions, against some of the world’s greatest players, and all on a ground that was built by workers in the 1930s depression. It became football’s home in 1964 and regularly hosted crowds of more than 10,000, most of whom were packed shoulder-to-shoulder on 42 rows of concrete terrace. Players such as 1966 World Cup winners Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks and Martin Peters all played there, while former England manager Glenn Hoddle played his first full 90 minutes for Tottenham Hotspur as an 18-year-old on tour in New Zealand. Referee Les Coffman returned for another look at the park where he refereed the first game played there (Auckland v German club Munster in 1964)  and the last match there in which New Zealand beat Australia 1-0 in a full international. Coffman also refereed the only international game abandoned in New Zealand, a match in the 1970s when New Caledonian players refused to accept a sending off...

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Former Ferns gather

Former Ferns gather

By on Feb 20, 2015 in News, Previous Events | 1 comment

Former Ferns gathered before the recent international between New Zealand and DPR Korea at Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, at a get together organised by Friends of Football. The match marked the 100th international played by Ria Percival who was presented with a jacket to mark the achievement by former Fern Michele Cox. Percival became only the second New Zealander to notch up a century of full international appearances after her skipper Abby Erceg reached the same milestone last year. Photographed at the function were (standing, from left): Julie Hogg, Tara Pryor, Sandra Twiname, Wendy Henderson, Yvonne Vale, Terry McCahill. Seated (from left):  Michele Cox,  Barbara Cox,  Wendy Sharpe, NZ Football Chief Executive Andy Martin, Amanda Crawford and Carol...

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A day at the races

A day at the races

By on Feb 15, 2015 in News, Previous Events | 0 comments

Friends of Football supported the Macular Degeneration NZ race day at Ellerslie races, taking one of many tables at the successful fundraising event. Many football identities were present, with former All Whites coaches John Adshead and Allan Jones past ambassadors of the charity. Attendees included New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin and a number of former All Whites including John Houghton, Earle Thomas and Alf Stamp who was visiting New Zealand from his Sydney home with wife Rae. Macular Degeneration will threaten the sight of one in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50 and the charity aims to raise awareness so that the condition is identified early, enabling treatment. More information can be found at http://mdnz.org.nz/. Photo: Former All Whites Earlie Thomas and Alf Stamp join Friends of Football’s day at the...

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