Unashamed Football Novels

  • Ravens show Blacktown City the way

    December 4, 2023 by

    Blacktown City 1 Gladesville Ravens 7 The return of women’s football to Landen Stadium ahead of the 2024 NPL2 season gave the new-look Blacktown City Under 20s a chance to pit their wits against a young team from the division above. It was visitors Gladesville Ravens who mastered the bounce and gave the home team… Read more

  • Slender Sydney success in epic monsoon

    December 4, 2023 by

    Sydney FC 3 Perth Glory 2 The spirit of Kogarah returned to the Cove on Saturday as a low-key fixture with Perth Glory turned into one of the all-time classic footballing occasions at Allianz Stadium. On the back of a home Sydney derby defeat and an overall poor start to the season, expectations were low… Read more

  • Sydney done by half-time

    November 29, 2023 by

    An incredible game on Sunday at an unusual venue saw Sydney FC swept aside in a disastrous first half before the game turned either side of a half-hour lightning pause and Melbourne City almost coughed up an unlikely point. The fervour in the stadium as the final 15 minutes unfolded continued past the final whistle,… Read more

  • Sydney derby blues

    November 27, 2023 by

    Sydney FC 0 Western Sydney Wanderers 1 What shaped up to be a fantastic night of football ended in bitter disappointment for a bumper A-League crowd at Allianz Stadium on Saturday. A solitary goal was enough to send the three points along Victoria Road and signalled a false dawn of the new era at our… Read more

  • Australia Disunited

    November 19, 2023 by

    For those with keen hearing, it might have been picked up on the TV coverage, but for those who were there at AAMI Park for the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier between Australia and Bangladesh, it was quite obvious. Anti-Sydney FC chants. And not just one or two fans. What on earth was the context… Read more

  • When Mum and Dad See Me Kick

    November 15, 2023 by

    The number of books I consume during a year is alarmingly low, but there are some books that definitely leave you wanting more. This one from celebrated sports writer Stuart Thomas was one of them, and it left me wondering whether there could or should be another set of stories to follow this one up.… Read more

  • Harsh lessons for NPL girls

    November 11, 2023 by

    Even before the final whistle sounded on the final day of the 2023 Football NSW Girls Youth League Under 16 season, all the girls could think about was 2024. Moving into the most important years of schooling, skipping an age group to Under 18s, or in the case of Division 2, straight to Under 20s,… Read more

  • Matildas finally find the key

    November 1, 2023 by

    Australia 3 Chinese Taipei 0 An attacking starting line-up boasting a wealth of experience signalled the intent of the Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson in what most observers expected to be a formality against Chinese Taipei. With Cortnee Vine dispatched back to Sydney with a hamstring injury and Emily Van Egmond and Ellie Carpenter given early… Read more

  • Foord in control over Bolden

    October 29, 2023 by

    Philippines 0 Australia 8 Swathes of empty seats at kick off at Optus Stadium were testament to the conflicting reports of a maximum attendance in the key Olympic qualifying clash between the Matildas and the Philippines on Sunday, or more likely were down to the Australian sporting public’s insistence on arriving to major events bang… Read more

  • Iran floored by Matildas

    October 27, 2023 by

    Australia 2 Iran 0 – Olympic Games Qualifying Round 2 The Matildas knew what they had to do against Iran after Chinese Taipei had almost given the Philippines a heart attack in the earlier game. With only the top team going through from this group, any slip up would be punished, and the starting line-up… Read more

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