John Morris, ONZM

JMA member of the Blockhouse Bay side which won the National League–Chatham Cup double in 1970, goalkeeper Morris represented New Zealand from 1970-73 and was Auckland Player of the Year 1977.

He gained NZFA Regional and NZFA Staff Coach certification, coaching school, regional and National League teams. He was NZ Football chair (2002-08) and was a member of FIFA’s Technical Committee.

After 20 years as Headmaster at Auckland Grammar School, he now works as an education consultant here and overseas.


Armin Lindenberg

ALDuring 18 years as a newspaper journalist, Lindenberg covered the 1981-82 World Cup campaign and two Olympic Games, winning NZ Sports Writer and Sports Journalist of the Year awards.

The last 25 years, he has worked as a communications consultant, specialising in media relations, corporate and stakeholder communication.

He is a Life Member of Eastern Suburbs AFC and of the NZ Sports Journalists Association, and a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand.


Brian Turner

BTDebuting as a 16-year-old, Turner played 102 times for New Zealand, including 59 full internationals, between 1967 and 1982, and in three World Cup campaigns. He played professionally for Chelsea, Portsmouth and Brentford and was three times NZ Year Player of the Year, and three times Auckland Player of the Year.

As an assistant coach or manager, he took part in two World Cup campaigns, and was coach Ricki Herbert’s assistant with the undefeated All Whites squad at the 2010 finals in South Africa.

He was admitted to football’s Hall of Fame in 1995.


Sam Malcolmson
Committee Member

SMA member of the 1982 All Whites who qualified for the World Cup finals in Spain, Malcolmson continues his involvement in football through media work and coaching school football in Auckland.

He’s coached at senior level and been an administrator, utilising business skills gained with sports companies such as Adidas, New Balance, Umbro and Starter.


Mark Burgess
Committee Member

A dual New Zealand international, Burgess played 50 cricket tests for his country and played once for the New Zealand football team (against Manchester United).

As a youngster, he was New Zealand Football Player of the Year in 1965, and represented the national U23 team.

In the 1990s, Burgess served on the national council of New Zealand Soccer (now NZF).


Andrew Dewhurst
Committee Member

ADAndrew began broadcasting with The Radio Network in Wellington in the 1990’s before moving to Auckland as one of the original hosts on Radio Sport.

Now director of his own media and PR company Gracie Productions, Andrew splits his time between broadcasting with SKY Television as football and tennis commentator and managing sports clients such as the SKYCITY Breakers, Triathlon New Zealand, Basketball New Zealand and Badminton New Zealand.

He played football at National League (briefly) and Northern League level.


Earle Thomas
Committee Member

Thomas played 49 times for New Zealand between 1967-80, scoring 19 goals, and he captained the All Whites 1975-76.

For his club Mt Wellington, he scored 99 goals in 187 games. He has held senior management roles with sportsgoods firms Spalding, Top Flite and Calloway.

He’s now a director of a sports importing business, and still coaches junior football.


Josh Easby
Committee Member

JECambridge–based Easby has written about football for 40 years, editing books, match programmes, websites and since 1997, the daily email newsletter There’s Only One Arthur Bottom for fans of English League Two club York City (of which he is a former director).

He’s on the committee at Cambridge FC where he coaches women’s football. He’s the owner of book publishing company Hurricane Press and he’s deputy chair of Radio New Zealand.


Cathleen Bias
Committee member

CBHaving worked for New Zealand Football between 2006 and 2015, Cathleen brings to our committee a thorough knowledge of the processes that drive the game in this country. Her work for NZF covered projects and events, and overseeing Goalnet, the sport’s player database. She has also worked as team manager for the NZ U-17 women’s team and follows other sports, including BMX.


Steve Laus
Committee member

SLLaus played more than 300 games at top level for various northern clubs including Bay Olympic, Central United, East Coast Bays and Onehunga Sports. He’s the North Island manager for a national auto parts supply company, and brings his commercial expertise as well as his knowledge of football to our committee.


Alan Yates
Committee Member

alan-yatesAlan Yates joined the Friends of Football committee in September 2016 as his three-year presidency of Northern Football neared the end of its term. After being on the books of English club Liverpool, Yates emigrated to New Zealand in 1970 and played and coached in the northern and national leagues, before taking on administration roles. He was the commercial manager for the NZ Knights and co-hosted a football radio show in Auckland.