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WE REMEMBER BRIAN “STAN” STANYER v Hawke’s Bay United

Stirling Sports Premiership Round 06 4.35pm, Saturday 26 November, 2016


Chairman’s Message AUCKLAND CITY FC INC Chairman Ivan Vuksich

General Manager Terry Kennelly

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL GROUND PATRONS: Alcohol cannot be brought into the ground and can only be purchased and consumed upstairs in the clubrooms. It is not permitted to be consumed in any other areas of the ground. Please adhere to these regulations and enjoy today’s entertainment.

TODAY’S GAME:

Saturday 26 November 2016

Auckland City FC vs. Hawke’s Bay United, Kiwitea St., Sandringham.

Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Kiwitea Street for the final time in 2016, as we take on Hawkes Bay United in the Stirling Sports Premiership. We extend a warm welcome to Bay coach Brett Angell, his squad and their supporters for today’s fixture, and trust you’ll enjoy your time with us this afternoon. We also welcome new recruit Harshae Raniga to Auckland City FC, and welcome representatives of Avondale College, Dairy Flat Primary School, Dominion Road Primary School, Edendale Primary School, Wesley Intermediate School, Good Shepherd Primary School and Wesley Primary School, who are here with us this afternoon. We hope you have an enjoyable time with us today at Kiwitea Street, and bid the same fortune to members of the local supporters clubs of Glasgow Rangers the Kiwi True Blues - and Tottenham Hotspur. Welcome to you, too. Nic Millichip and his family are also welcome guests here with us today. Nic will be joining us at the FIFA Club World Cup Finals in Japan as the winner of the 2016 McDonalds Junior Coach of the Year award. We also welcome Mt. Albert-Ponsonby chairman Keith Earl and the immediate family of the late Brian Stanyer to Kiwitea Street today as special guests of the club, along with MAP’s executive committee and a large contingent of their club members. Brian was a colossus for our near-neighbours at Anderson Park, providing them with strong leadership, immense commitment and inspiring energy over many decades. Today we honour the memory of a true football man who will be sadly missed – but never forgotten - by all within the game. At the conclusion of the match Auckland City FC will proudly present Mt. Albert-Ponsonby AFC with the new “Brian ‘Stan’ Stanyer Memorial Trophy”, to be contested on an annual basis between the MAP and Central United FC first teams. Everyone is welcome up in the clubrooms after the game for this presentation. Lastly, we wish Ramon and the boys all the best for this afternoon’s encounter, their upcoming games around the country in the Stirling Sports Premiership, and most importantly of all, for the journey via Hong Kong to the FIFA Club World Cup Finals in Japan, an adventure we embark upon early next week. Good luck, boys! We extend our thanks to our major sponsors, Hi-Chew and Carters, our major community partner, The Trillian Trust, and our new kit suppliers, Kappa. We also thank our other sponsors for their continued support - Axis Sports Medicine Specialists, Baseline, Bene, Benefitz, Butterfly Creek, Chapel Bar & Bistro, Chesters Plumbing & Bathroom, Collinson Forex, Fresh to Go, Ginas’s Italian Kitchen, Ika Seafood Bar & Grill, Line Breaker, Malcolm Pacific, Phototek, Playmaker Sports, Protempo Group, Ranfurly Dental Care, Rocket Design, Stars Travel, The Right Track Sports Bar & Café, Viaduct Physio and Vuksich & Borich Ltd. Wherever possible, please support those who support the game. We hope you enjoy today’s Stirling Sports Premiership encounter, and look forward to seeing you here again on January 29, when we entertain Southern United. Meantime, on behalf of everyone at Auckland City FC, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017.

Ivan Vuksich Chairman ACFC


“LILYWHITES” LEAD AS CROSS-TOWN RIVALS STUMBLE Eastern Suburbs have taken over at the top of the Stirling Sports Premiership after fifth round action produced a couple of surprise results, and a first competition win for Tasman United. “The Lilywhites” put Southern United to the sword at Bill McKinlay Park, prevailing 4-0 after Armin Pasagic’s early penalty found the net, unlike that taken by Southern’s Danny Ledwith soon afterwards, which was saved by Silvio Rodic. Suburbs had the bit between their teeth after this, and piled on the pressure against a Southern side whose resistance was broken once more ten minutes before half-time, Pasagic potting his second goal of the game to put the league leaders in waiting in the box seat. The visitors looked to respond positively, and hit the bar six minutes before half-time. But seven minutes into the second spell they fell further behind when Luke Adams headed home from a corner. Andy Mulligan, in particular, was trying desperately to get the visitors on the board, but all his efforts were for nought, unlike that of Fabien Kurimata, who wrapped up the scoring nineteen minutes from time with a thumping drive. Suburbs lead because incumbents Auckland City slumped to their second defeat of the campaign, Logan Rogerson’s late winner clinching a 1-0 triumph for Wellington Phoenix at Dave Farrington Park. The visitors had plenty of chances to break the deadlock in the opening twenty minutes of the contest, but Lewis Italiano stood firm twixt the sticks for the “Nix”, who looked to get a grip on the game through the efforts of Matthew Ridenton and Rogerson before Joao Moreira went close again just before half-time.

More City pressure followed at the start of the second spell, but it was the home team who went close to breaking the deadlock when Ridenton’s free-kick drew a fine save from Danyon Drake, who later denied a Louis Fenton effort. It was Italiano who was the busier ‘keeper, however, Clayton Lewis and Emiliano Tade having reason aplenty to bemoan Wellington’s custodian as the half wore on. But four minutes from time, a swift counter-attack saw substitute Sarpreet Singh slip a pass into the stride of Rogerson, who steered home Wellington’s winner beyond the diving figure of Drake. It wasn’t a great day for teams from NZ’s true home of football against opponents from the city whose fans aspire to claim that title for themselves. (They can but dream!) Waitakere United came a cropper at Trusts Arena, where reigning champions Team Wellington earned a 2-0 win thanks to a Ben Harris free-kick just after the hour mark, and a stoppage time clincher from Nic Zambrano. Harris had the ball in the back of the net just after the halfhour mark, but the goal was ruled out for an infringement. Before the interval, Tom Shaw went close for United, while Dylan Stansfield had strong penalty claims turned away on the stroke of half-time. But the visitors weren’t to be denied in the second spell, and moved into the top four with this win, coach Jose Figueira turning things round quickly after Wellington lost their first two matches of the campaign. Canterbury United retained their unbeaten start to the season at Bluewater Stadium, but only just – Stephen Hoyle’s stoppage time equaliser earning them a 1-1 draw

STIRLING SPORTS PREMIERSHIP STANDINGS TEAM P W D L GD PTS 5 4 0 1 3 12 EASTERN SUBURBS AUCKLAND CITY FC 6 3 1 2 7 10 CANTERBURY UNITED DRAGONS 5 2 3 0 5 9 TEAM WELLINGTON 5 3 0 2 2 9 5 2 1 2 1 7 HAWKES BAY UNITED WELLINGTON PHOENIX U-20 5 2 1 2 -2 7 WAITAKERE UNITED 6 2 1 3 -2 7 HAMILTON WANDERERS 5 2 0 3 -1 6 TASMAN UNITED 5 1 2 2 -5 5 SOUTHERN UNITED FC 5 0 1 4 -8 1

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with Hawkes Bay United, for whom Saul Halpin netted his fifth goal of the season. Hoyle it was who went closest to breaking the deadlock on the half-hour mark, following a tight opening stanza between two teams who have previous where play-off ambitions are concerned. But it was the visitors who should have won this game, and the main reason they didn’t stemmed from an Aaron Spain goal just before half-time, which wasn’t flagged for offside but was ultimately ruled out because of such an infringement. The woodwork was also rattled three times by Canterbury, with Hoyle, Tom Schwarz and Aaron Clapham all frustrated in this regard, while Bay ‘keeper Josh Hill kept his side in the contest with some fine saves. The home team had Martin Canales sent off twenty minutes into the second half, but the ten men rallied to earn a penalty ten minutes later, which Halpin despatched to leave Canterbury on the verge of losing the league’s lone remaining unbeaten record. Thanks to Hoyle’s late late show effort, that record remains intact for another week. Tasman’s maiden National League win came at the expense of Hamilton Wanderers, with the visitors coming out on top by the odd goal in five in a lively affair at Porritt Stadium. The tone was set inside the opening quarter hour, during which both goalnets bulged. Godwin Darkwa did the honours for the home team in the twelfth minute, but United were soon on level terms thanks to Tinashe Marowa. Both teams had great chances to take the lead before the interval, with Tasman squandering a one-on-one before Hamilton were denied a penalty when Jack Salter was brought to earth in the area. The home team came desperately close to breaking the deadlock when Raymond Gunemba rattled a post seven minutes into the second spell, a feat he repeated fifteen minutes later, by which time both Tasman’s Tom Fawdry and Hamilton’s Matt Oliver had been called upon to maintain the 1-1 scoreline by way of fine saves.

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With five minutes left, a draw looked most likely, so pity those who left early to beat the rush, etc.. Ermal Hajdari fired Tasman in front four minutes from time courtesy a defensive error, only for substitute Marc Evans to level things up once more as the game moved into stoppage time. There were seconds left on the clock when Alex Ridsdale restored Tasman’s lead, earning them a 3-2 victory, their first in top flight football, and one which lifts them to within a win of fifth spot, as well as a point of their vanquished hosts. Next weekend’s action kicks off on Friday evening, with Southern welcoming Wellington Phoenix to Forsyth Barr Stadium. And there are two matches apiece on both Saturday and Sunday. The title-holders entertain “The Lilywhites” at Dave Farrington Park on Saturday, a day on which this round’s televised action will also take place as Auckland and Hawkes Bay lock horns at Kiwitea Street in what will be the home team’s final match on home soil before departing for the FIFA Club World Cup Finals. On the Sabbath, Canterbury and Hamilton clash at English Park, while another bumper crowd is expected at Trafalgar Park as Tasman take on Waitakere.

Details: Eastern Suburbs 4 (A. Pasagic (15 pen, 34), L. Adams (52), F. Kurimata (71)) Southern United 0 HT 2-0 Hamilton Wanderers 2 (G. Darkwa (12), M. Evans (90)) Tasman United 3 (T. Marowa (16), E. Hajdari (86), A. Ridsdale (90)) HT 1-1 Hawkes Bay United 1 (S. Halpin (75 pen)) Canterbury United 1 (S. Hoyle (90)) HT 1-0 Waitakere United 0 Team Wellington 2 (B. Harris (63), N. Zambrano (90)) HT 0-0 Wellington Phoenix 1 (L. Rogerson (86)) Auckland City 0 HT 0-0

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J nior Navy Blues

winning streak halted The Junior Navy Blues winning streak came to an end last week after a 4-2 defeat to the Wellington Phoenix U-17 at Kiwitea Street and now know they’re in a tense title race.

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The Junior Navy Blues started brightly enough with Jack Anderson giving them the lead when he steered home a header after 13 minutes. Sunday 20 November, 2016 But the joy was brief as Matt Conroy levelled Canterbury United 8 within a minute before handing the Phoenix the Hawke’s Bay United 0 lead with a quickfire second four minutes later. Ollie Whyte extended the Phoenix lead on the Auckland City FC 2 hour mark and the points were made safe when Wellington Phoenix 4 Sam Sutton coverted a penalty midway through the second half. Moses Akimana popped up with a consolation goal for the Junior Navy Blues before Jake Williams was sent off late on. Auckland City FC’s National Youth League title hopes remain strong with the Junior Navy Blues next match away to bottom placed Hawke’s Bay United. Off the pitch, the Junior Navy Blues National Youth League – Current Standings participated in the 360 Fitness Open Day TEAM P W D L GD PTS outside Eastridge Shopping Centre. HAMILTON WANDERERS YOUTH 5 4 0 1 4 12 The players played small sided games CANTERBURY UNITED YOUTH 5 3 1 1 10 10 with the Auckland City FC Player WAITAKERE UNITED YOUTH 5 3 1 1 7 10 Development Programme players. AUCKLAND CITY FC YOUTH 5 3 1 1 2 10 Around 120 children and youth aged 5 3 0 2 4 9 WELLINGTON PHOENIX YOUTH U17 between 9 and 17 go through the PDP TEAM WELLINGTON YOUTH 5 2 1 2 10 7 programme each year. SOUTHERN UNITED FC YOUTH 5 2 0 3 -2 6 For more information contact EASTERN SUBURBS YOUTH 5 2 0 3 -4 6 Brent Mayhew here: TASMAN UNITED YOUTH 5 1 0 4 -2 3 brent@360fitness.kiwi.nz HAWKE’S BAY UNITED YOUTH

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WE REMEMBER BRIAN “STAN” STANYER

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Football is full of larger than life characters and there were none bigger in the Auckland Football Federation than Mount AlbertPonsonby’s Brian “Stan” Stanyer. The legend of Mount Albert-Ponsonby AFC, passed away on Wednesday 13 October, aged 61, to the shock and dismay of everyone in our football community and it is fitting that Auckland City FC reaches out to Stan’s family and club. Navy Blues club chairman Ivan Vuksich said Stanyer was a colourful and energetic figure. “You don’t stay with one club the length of time Brian did without loving what you do or the people you do it for. “Brian set a high standard for that unconditional love and care for Mount Albert-Ponsonby AFC and taught us all something about those qualities. “Its our pleasure to host the Mount Albert-Ponsonby AFC club and members of Brian’s family at our home match today as we present them with the Brian Stanyer Memorial Trophy. “Central United and Mount Albert-Ponsonby will contest this trophy each year not only to bring ourselves tighter together as a football community

but to remember a man who helped build it. “Its also important to acknowledge the role played by Auckland Football Federation who acted quickly to ensure everyone was informed quickly and with due sensitivity and respect,” he said. Stanyer commanded a strong presence in the colours of the club he fell in love with as a first team player in 1977. He later held coaching and management roles for the club’s senior teams with the Anderson Park outfit. Stanyer had an extensive record of volunteering to coach and manage club teams which later led to executive roles. Since joining the Mount Albert Ponsonby he held every executive committee position and was crucial to the its administration and financial well-being. Among the many accolades bestowed upon the man affectionately known as “Stan” include an Auckland Football Federation Long Service Medal in 2013. Stanyer displayed strong leadership within the club and maintained some 35 years of consistent service. He was widely acknowledged as the first volunteer to organize and carry out any work needed around the club. He is survived by his children Dave, Lizzie, Kelsey and Ryan.

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Coach’s Comment

Ramon Tribulietx

Greetings and welcome back to Kiwitea Street after two games on the road and a warm welcome to Hawke’s Bay United and their coach Brett Angell for what looms as a tough match. It’s important to talk about our last two games where we came up with a win and a defeat. They were both similar games in some ways, games in which we had a lot of possession and created many chances but didn’t manage to score for a long time which gave the opposition a sniff in the game. Our team has been playing very well; we’ve created a lot up front and not conceded many at the other end but sometimes the game of football is a bit like this you do a lot of good things but the opposition manage to take something out of the game. Against Southern we did score late on after having so many shots on goal, against the Phoenix we didn’t and we conceded a goal in a counterattack at the end of the game where we created a lot of good scoring opportunities. It’s important that we maintain our belief in what we are doing and with a bit of confidence we will get better. We are creating a lot of good situations, putting in crosses high up the pitch and from within the box, getting lots of shots on goal, creating 1v1 situations with the keeper in every game. It is a matter of keeping up the good lead-in work but being more ruthless when finishing our chances. We have the ability and the quality to do this - the team has been working very hard and will keep doing so, no doubt about that. Frustration is one of those reactions that come to mind in these circumstances and the way we cope with it will determine how and when we get better. The only way forward is to stay positive mentally and with our game, which has been very good and very dominant in all of our matches so far. Today we face a tough opponent in Hawke’s Bay United who are always defensively well organised and always make it very hard for us to break through and can be dangerous on the counter. It will probably be another one of those games where they are very compact through the middle and we have to be patient with our approach and understand how and when to look to penetrate. And after this game we are off to another FIFA Club World Cup, another great event and opportunity to 8 www.aucklandcityfc.com

put the name of the club on the world stage. We hope we will be a little bit better, competitive and with our feet on the ground regarding the dimension of the challenge and difficulties that we will have in front of us. I’ve said it before and repeat it here – we must go into this challenge with the belief that we can rise to that level if we do things right. We’ve proved we can do it in the past and must do so again now. Final word of welcome to the staff, parents and pupils of Avondale College, Dairy Flat Primary, Edendale Primary, Good Shepherds Primary, Wesley Intermediate, Wesley Primary and Dominion Road Primary, some of whom have painted signs for our team – thank you! Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi visited Edendale Primary on Monday and had a great time answering all your interesting questions - I know the players always look forward to meeting you after the match it’s a very special moment to see some new and familiar faces. Also, a big welcome to Mount Albert Ponsonby, the Kiwi Spurs and Kiwi True Blues Rangers Supporters Club and also Nick Millichip – winner of the McDonald’s Junior Coach of the Year - and family who will join us in Japan. Mount Albert Ponsonby are here for the late Brian Stanyer and the presentation of the Brian Stanyer Memorial Trophy. I ask everyone to be vocal and proud today as we honour a wonderful servant to the game. Finally, a big thanks to the club board, supporters, volunteers, sponsors and community partners – you are all vitally important to this club and to our team – players and staff alike. We’ll carry you all with us to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup and endeavor to do our best.

ABOUT THEVISITORS Hawke’s Bay United was founded in 2005 under the name of Napier City Soccer, as the summer entity of Central League club Napier City Rovers. In their inaugural campaign (2004–05), they finished 5th out of 8. The following season, Napier City Soccer was renamed to their current moniker of “Hawke’s Bay United” and changed their kit colour to the Hawke’s Bay provincial sporting colours of white and black, as part of an effort to greater represent the greater East Coast instead of just the city of Napier. The rebranded Hawkes Bay United finished its first campaign in last position but since then have established a steady improvement that saw them finish runners-up in 2014-15 season. Last season’s efforts saw the Bay clinch second spot in the race for the minor premiership their best ever finish in a regular campaign. Sadly

for the Bay they were unable to translate that into another grand final appearance after they were swept aside 3-1 at Bluewater Stadium by eventual champions Team Wellington. One of coach Brett Angell’s key challenges is refreshing his squad each season with imports like Martin Canales and striker Sam MasonSmith important figures as they seek a quick return to the playoffs. The club’s high-point came in 2014-15 season when after finishing third they downed Team Wellington in a memorable semi-finals series. Beaten 2-1 at home in the first leg, Hawke’s Bay United notched a sensational 4-3 win over Team Wellington in the second to clinch the tie on away goals. Hawke’s Bay United lost the final to the Navy Blues 2-1 despite taking an early lead at Kiwitea Street. Its the hope of their fervent fanbase they can at least match that achievement or even go one step beyond.

Enjoy the game, Ramon Tribulietx Head Coach, Auckland City FC

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PLAYER PROFILE

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Today’s Auckland City FC Squad Member for a Day is: Olly Bendall, Mount Albert Ponsonby 8th Grade, 8 years old

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CLAYTON LEWIS

One of New Zealand’s rising stars, Clayton Lewis signed for the Navy Blues at the start of last season. After a settling in period, Lewis emerged as a key figure in the club’s push for six OFC Champions League titles in a row scoring in a memorable final win over fellow Kiwis Team Wellington. After a spell on the sidelines in recent times, Lewis is now firmly back in the international frame with the All Whites after missing out on their triumph in Papua New Guinea at the OFC Nations Cup. Now with a FIFA Confederations Cup to look forward too, Lewis’ prospects look bright indeed. Capped by New Zealand at U-17 and U-20 level, Lewis skippered the latter to the OFC U-20 Championship in Vanuatu. Lewis and his father Barry became the first New Zealand father-son duo to play at the same OFC Champions League competition last season when Lewis senior skippered Kiwi FC of Samoa. Highly rated by national team coach Anthony Hudson, Lewis played in both recent friendly internationals for the All Whites against Mexico and the USA.

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Mount Gravatt wish Navy Blues the best Mount Gravatt Hawks completed their short tour of New Zealand a fortnight ago after matches with the Central United U-12 team in Auckland.

Providing the Navy Blues with ball kids for the Stirling Sports Premiership match with Canterbury United, Mount Gravatt’s Richard Webb was delighted with the friendship, hospitality and sportsmanship on display at Kiwitea Street. “On behalf of Mt Gravatt Hawks Football Club, Wayne and I, we would like send our sincere thanks to everyone at Auckland City FC for making our tour to New Zealand such an amazing success and a wonderful experience for all our players and their parents. “The feedback we have received is that you have helped us create some wonderful long term memories for these boys that they can take through life. “As coaches and organisers of the tour we cannot express in words how much we appreciated the effort put in by yourself and Michael Marinovich. “We also understand that we were extremely privileged to be given such access to your club and its staff. “So we would also like to make a very big thank you everyone at Auckland City FC & Central

United FC, the Board, Ramon Tribulietx and his players who took time out for us. “We would also like to thank Ivan Vuksich because we know without his approval none of this would have ever happened for us,” Webb said. Club chairman Ivan Vuksich said the Mount Gravatt visit showed the potential for football to bring communities together, not just within Auckland and New Zealand, but around the world. “Its fantastic that we had such a successful visit from our friends in Australia and it has opened up the possibility of a long term relationship with a club that, like ourselves, has encourages a strong family environment and culture,” he said. Webb echoed these sentiments. “I certainly hope that this can lead to other opportunities for interaction between Auckland City FC and Mount Gravatt in the future. “We also wish the Auckland City FC team all the best in the up and coming FIFA Club World Cup competition in Japan.” For more about Mount Gravatt Hawks visit the website: www.mtgravatthawks.org

FAMILY DAY a big success and there’s more to come Auckland City FC’s Family Day welcomed hundreds of school children, parents and staff to its Kiwitea Street ground for the Stirling Sports Premiership clash with Canterbury United and a fun day was had by all. Pupils from Edendale Primary School, Wesley Intermediate, Wesley Primary, Dominion Road Primary and Good Shepherd Primary School, along with the Mount Gravatt Hawks U-12 team from Brisbane, Australia, came to the ground to meet the Navy Blues players, including All Whites Clayton Lewis and Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, get autographs, photos and an opportunity to meet their local community heroes. Club chairman Ivan Vuksich was delighted with the turn out from local schools and the buzz brought to Kiwitea Street. “Its important that we embrace our local community and Edendale, Good Shepherd’s, Wesley Intermediate and Primary, Dominion Road Primary

and our Australian guests from Mount Gravatt Hawks provided a lot of colour and excitement on the day. “We hope to build on this and keep in close contact with the schools in some way, shape or form over the course of the rest of this season,” he said. Auckland City FC’s reach into the community continues to grow with further schools keen to be involved with the Navy Blues including Avondale College and the children and staff of Dairy Flat Primary School. School visits to Edendale Primary and Wesley Primary this week by many of the Navy Blues players strengthened the bonds being created in the wider community. If you want to know more about player school visits, coaching or requests for autographs and appearances by players at your school or event, please contact Auckland City FC at: Email: media@aucklandcityfc.com Mobile: 021-454-846


Navy Blues welcome

Kiwi Spurs & Kiwi True Blues RSC

Football is a sport built on passion, excitement, commitment and community and it is in that vein Auckland City FC welcomes club members of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club and the Kiwi True Blues Rangers Supporters Club to Kiwitea Street for today’s game.

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Club of New Zealand was established in 2009 to give all Kiwi Spurs Supporters and ex-pats a chance to support their beloved Spurs on a local level and meet other Spurs supporters. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, the Kiwi Spurs are

fully affiliated with the Tottenham Hotspur. If you are an ex-pat, or a Kiwi Spur, you can find out more here: kiwispurs.com

The Kiwi True Blues Rangers Supporters Club is based in Parnell, Auckland, but includes members from as far afield as New Plymouth, Wellington, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin, with regular live games broadcast at the Paddington Pub. Passionate about the Rangers and being part of the local community, the Kiwi True Blues RSC also boasts an Auckland Sunday Football Association Sunday League team - the aptly called Kiwi True Blues FC. The team plays friendlies with Lotto NRFL clubs on an annual basis including Ngaruawahia United but also has ties with Liverpool SC of New Zealand. The club is affiliated with the Oceania Rangers Supporters Club and has strong ties with Rangers FC. Auckland City FC welcomes members of both clubs to Kiwitea Street and has committed to working closely with both supporters clubs ahead of the visit of former England international, Spurs and Rangers legend, Graham Roberts, in April 2017. The Tottenham legend, who appeared more than 200 times in Spurs colours, collecting winners medals as part of their 1981 and 1982 FA Cup triumphs and captaining our team to glory in the 1984 UEFA Cup Final, is excited about coming to New Zealand. ​The Kiwi Spurs will be hosting an ‘Evening With Graham Roberts’, where supporters will be able to hear Graham relive his career with Spurs, Glasgow Rangers and Chelsea. Fans of all three clubs will get the chance to meet the legend himself.

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An evening with Graham Roberts

T​ ickets are available at $80 for KiwiSpurs or OzSpurs members and $90 for non-members. All profits from the event will be donated to Prostate Cancer New Zealand. F​ ans of Glasgow Rangers and Chelsea are of course, only too welcome. Saturday 15th April, 2017 The Paddington, St George’s Bay Road, Auckland

If you’re interested in tickets for the Graham Roberts evening contact Paul Ruscoe here: Email: paul@thfc.co.nz Mobile: 021-775-980 If you’re interested in playing Sunday League football with the Kiwi True Blues FC contact Jonathan Hilditch here: Email: jonnyhilditch@hotmail.co.uk Mobile: 027-805-4417

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2016/2017 SEASON DRAW & RESULTS RND

DATE

DAY

TIME

OPPOSITION

RESULT

GOAL SCORERS

Friendly

23.09

FRI

1.30

Melbourne City A

5-1

De Vries 2, Burns 2, Berry

Melbourne

De Vries, Tade

Westlake

Moreira 2, De Vries

Christchurch

Friendly

25.09

SUN

10.30

Melbourne City

0-2

Friendly

01.10

SUN

12.00

Waitakere United

2-1

Friendly

05.10

WED

6.45

Eastern Suburbs

0-3

Friendly

08.10

SAT

1.30

Canterbury United

3-2

VENUE

Melbourne Ellerslie

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16/10/16

SUN

3pm

Waitakere United

0-1

SS01

23/10/16

SUN

4.35pm

Team Wellington

4-0

Tade, Moreira 2, De Vries

SS02

29/10/16

SAT

2pm

Tasman United

4-0

Tade, De Vries, White, Moreira Kiwitea Street

SS03

06/11/16

SUN

3pm

Canterbury United

0-0

SS04

13/11/16

SUN

2pm

Southern United

1-0

SS05

20/11/16

SUN

2pm

Wellington Phoenix U20

0-1

SS06

26/11/16

SAT

Pre FIFA CWC 29/11/16

TUE

TBA

HK Prem League Club

Pre FIFA CWC 02/12/16

FRI

TBA

J-League Club

FIFA CWC 08/12/16

THU

4.35pm Hawkes Bay United

7.30pm Japanese Champion

Kiwitea Street Kiwitea Street Kiwitea Street Tavano

Rugby Park Stadium David Farrington Park Kiwitea Street Hong Kong Japan Yokohma, Japan

SS09

18/12/16

SUN

2pm

Eastern Suburbs

Bill McKinlay Park

SS10

08/01/17

SUN

2pm

Team Wellington

David Farrington Park

SS11

15/01/17

SUN

2pm

Tasman United

Trafalgar Park

SS12

22/01/17

SUN

4.35pm

Canterbury United

English Park

SS13

29/01/17

SUN

2pm

Southern United

Kiwitea Street

SS07

01/02/17

WED

6pm

Hamilton Wanderers

FMG Stadium

SS14

05/02/17

SUN

4.35pm

Hawkes Bay United

SS15

12/02/17

SUN

4.35pm Wellington Phoenix U20

Kiwitea Street

SS16

19/02/17

SUN

4.35pm Hamilton Wanderers

Kiwitea Street

SS17

26/02/17

SUN

4.35pm

Waitakere United

The Trusts Arena

SS18

05/03/17

SUN

3pm

Eastern Suburbs

Kiwitea Street

Bluewater Stadium

ACFC OFC Champions League Matches - 11 March, 15 March and 18 March 2017 SF1 - A

25/03/17

SAT

4.35pm 1st place v 4th place

SF2 - B

26/03/17

SUN

4.35pm 2nd place v 3rd place

TBA TBA

GF

02/04/17

SUN

7.35pm Winner A v Winner B

QBE Stadium


MATCH PROGRAMME - Auckland City FC v Hawke's Bay United