Former football writer, fan and all-round enthusiast for the game Dave Petraska has died in Colombia.
Petraska, well-known for his caustic wit and football banter on social media, had spent four weeks on a hospital respirator after catching the COVID-19 virus.
In his mid-50s, Petraska wrote about football for Auckland publications, including Soccer Express and match programmes, in the 1980s and 1990s.
As well as displaying a passion for football, he was also an accomplished musician.
In recent years, the former Auckland Grammar School student lived in Medellin, Colombia’s second-largest city, staying in touch with New Zealand football friends through social media.
Targets for his banter were usually Manchester United fans and as friend Noel Barkley says: ‘I said to his mum (Abie) he will be looking down on us with a smile and will be hoping for an Italy win in the EURO final.’
Photo: Petraska with his mother, Abie.
Over the past year, Petraska helped Friends of Football to build a digital library of New Zealand football publications, and more of his contributed magazines will continue to be added to the online collection over the next year.
A song from Dave
Petraska performed at a Smashing Pumpkins tribute show at the Hard Rock Cafe, in Colombia, in 2018. Here he is, promising to play until he’s kicked off the stage …