People

Earle Thomas, Chairman

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.

Thomas became chair of Friends of Football in 2017, taking over from John Morris.

 

Brian Turner, Founder

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.

 

Cathleen Bias, Secretary

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.

 

Chris Curley, Treasurer

Chris Curley is a retired company executive with more than 40 years’ experience centred on the senior executive roles of Company Secretary, Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Manager for the listed public companies Auckland International Airport Limited and Ceramco Corporation Limited.

Chris played all his football for the Eden club starting at age 10 in 1958 and retiring in 1980 after 12 years in their senior team.

 

Sam Malcolmson, Committee

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.


Armin Lindenberg, Committee

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.

 

Josh Easby, Committee

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. He’s the owner of book publishing company Hurricane Press and was deputy chair of Radio New Zealand for six years.

 

Mark Burgess, Committee

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).

 

Steve Laus, Committee

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

alan-yatesYates is a former player, coach, administrator and football broadcaster whose election to the FoF committee coincides with the completion of his five–year term as President of the Northern Football Federation.

After being on the books of Liverpool FC as a youth player, Yates emigrated in 1970, joining Auckland club Eden as a player and playing national league for North Shore United. He coached at Takapuna and East Coast Bays with whom he won promotion to the National League.

He was CEO of Cornwall Cricket Club and is now Business Development Manager for the Schofield Group.

 

Andrew Dewhurst, Committee

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 on football and tennis and managing sports clients.

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

 

Ryan Dawkins, Committee

Ryan was co–opted to our committee in 2017, bringing football knowledge and sales leadership expertise to our team. He played many seasons of national league football as a defender for Waitakere United.

Professionally, he has a proven record in sales management and is currently the Sales Director for sports apparel company Score Sportswear.