The June monthly club meeting is being held at De Post Bar in Mt Eden Village, Auckland on Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm
This month's club meeting is on Wednesday 15th May at Galbraith's Alhouse, Mt Eden Rd, Auckland
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Guests always welcome
We entered the East Coast Bays stadium and instantly meet the welcoming smiles of Jan and Phil and some of the Westie youngsters … a good afternoon was indeed coming.
MUFCNZ will be getting together to watch the Swansea game and trophy presentation live this weekend and celebrate our 20th league title.
When: 2.45am Monday 13 May
Where: Fox's Alehouse, Viaduct Basin, Auckland
To all United fans - Come along and join us. All welcome
Rob was contacted recently by Steve Tobin author of the new book Sons of United. This book is a chronicle of the United youth team and charts the development of the Reds' youth system since the 1930s. It took 18 years to write and contains nearly 600 pages and about 520 photos, of which about 475 have never been seen publicly before.
Have a look at the website containing all the details on the book http://www.sonsofunited.com/ including an interview with the authors. Because Steve was unable to get a publisher to put the book together the way he wanted, he decided to have it printed himself and so bore the whole cost of the venture. Therefore, it is a limited edition with no plans to have a re-print done. The book is only available through the Sons of United website and could be a collector’s item to United fans.
The first couple of games for the Manchester United NZ Sunday football team will be against East Coast Bays on April 28th, then against Takapuna on May 5th.
ALL WELCOME and if you fancy a run, let me know ..... Marc
Thanks to everyone who attended the family day at Totara Park, especially the new members who came along for the first time. There are some pictures now up on the Photos page here Photos
March club meeting is this Saturday 16th at Totora Park, Manukau from 12 pm. Parking at Wairere Rd, The Gardens. Bring your lunch and enjoy a family day out at the park with free supervised outdoor swimming pool and BBQ area, plus a children’s play ground and of course the Botanical Gardens close by.
For more info on the venue click here: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/parksfacilities/premierparks/Pages/totarapark.aspx
The February club meeting is on Wednesday 20th at Doolan Brothers, Khyber Pass, Newmarket (the old Newmarket Cock and Bull). We start at 7.30pm. All welcome. Come along and join us.
A great fightback from 3-1 down to get level before suffering the ultimate heartbreak of losing to a last minute penalty.
United struggled to get into the game in the first half and went in at the break 2-0 down, when in truth it could have been more. We came out fighting in the second half and pulled a goal back and were well on top when the Koreans scored against the run of play from freak deflection. 3-1 down but we still believed. Throwing plenty forward Wes pulled it back to 3-2 before a fine headed equaliser from Ron with 5 minutes to go. With both teams looking for a winner before a penalty shoot out, the Koreans swung in a high corner in the final minute and the referee spotted a handball in the area. Penalty to Korea which their player calmly tucked away in the corner giving Phil no chance.
A brave effort from United with everybody out on their feet at the end having given everything. Check out the photos from the day on on the Photos page.
The final of the Chinese New Year tournament is Sat 16th Feb at Mt Albert Domain Kick Off 4pm
MUFCNZ v Korea. Come down and support us as we aim to win our trophy back.
The club team played their first game of the season on Saturday in the Semi Final of the Chinese New Year tournament. After a bright start MUFCNZ finally took the lead mid way through the first half with a well worked team goal finished off by Ron with a fine header.
The Chinese side fought hard to get back into the game and equalised towards the end of the first half with a fine curling shot beyond Jan's dive and into the corner. The second half was hard work in the heat of a hot Auckland summers day and a combination of fine defending from both sides and tiring legs meant no more goals were scored.
So we went straight to a penalty shoot out. The first two penalties from each side were scored with Ian and Rob hitting the net for United. Wes was then denied by a fine save from their keeper before Phil saved the next penalty to keep it even. When Ron and Matt both scored the last two and their final penalty missed the target it was all over to much relief and a place in next weekend's final was ours.
Thanks to everyone who came along to play and support us and we'll see you all again on Saturday 4pm for the final.
The club will again be entering a team into the upcoming 2013 Chinese New Year football tournament.
All tickets for the first allocation have now been sold
The next batch of tickets are due to go on sale in April. In the meantime you can register your name on the waiting list here
Manchester United are coming to Sydney to play the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium next year.
The marquee international exhibition match on Saturday 20 July (7.30pm kick off) will be the only appearance by Manchester United in Australia during the club’s 2013 pre-season tour.
United have beaten City 3-2 this morning at the City of Manchester Stadium thanks to a Robin van Persie injury time winner.
See all the goals here
Our next Curry Night has been booked for Saturday 1st December at the Thai Peninsular Restaurant, 80 Gunner Drive, Te Atatu Peninsular, Auckland. Time 7.00pm.
The November meeting is this Wednesday evening (21st) at Horse & Trap, Mt Eden. Kick Off is 7.30pm
Guests welcome as always
For once our problem was a failure to score. Another slip up has allowed City to hit top spot but with them being away to Chelsea next week we have a chance to redeem ourselves at home to winless QPR and get right back in it.
Match Report from the Norwich game is here if you don't feel depressed enough having watched it!
United have beaten Chelsea amidst some controversy this morning. Chelsea were reduced to nine men and Hernandez scored the winner from an offside position.
Read the match report here
Ed Woodward, vice-chairman of United, has admitted that Australia is on a short-list along with India and the USA for United's pre-season tour next year. In 1999 when United visited Australia, there was a large contingent of Kiwi's that flew over for the 2 games in Melbourne and Sydney. A repeat of that would be fantastic, and with no World Cup or European Championship, United would be at full strength. Here's hoping!
You can read the article here
The MUFCNZ monthly meeting will be held this Saturday 13th October at Cock and Bull, Botany Town Centre at 12pm. Guests always welcome. Come along and join us to discuss our beloved Reds
Again, not a vintage display from United this morning but an important win against a fierce rivals in a difficult game. A couple of 50/50 calls went our way and we're up to second in the table after our opening day defeat.
Gif's courtesy of www.beautifullyred.com
1. Rooney free-kick (vs. Hannover)
2. David de Gea save (vs. Everton)
3. Shinji Kagawa touch & pass (vs. Everton)
4. Robin van Persie goal (vs. Fulham)
5. David de Gea skill (vs. Fulham)
A Robin van Persie hat-trick spares United's blushes against newly promoted Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium. Van Persie also missed a penalty in the game.
Read the match report here:
Watch van Persie's goals here:
The season is up and running! After being caught cold, United came from behind to be 3-1 by half time. Goals each for Van Persie and Kagawa on their home debuts, plus a very rare goal from Rafael. Van Persie's sweetly taken volley on 10 minutes was the stand out goal of the 3. A mix-up between Vidic and De Gea led to the captain deflecting the ball into his own goal mid-way through the second half, making it a nervy final 20 minutes. Rooney, who started on the bench, was stretchered off in injury time with badly cut leg - Fergie is talking of him being out for up to 4 weeks.
Full match report here United 3 Fulham 2
All the goals:
United have confirmed that Danny Welbeck has signed a four-year extension at the club to keep him with us until at least 2016.
“Playing for United is all I’ve ever wanted to do – it’s the club I’ve supported all my life,” he told the official site. “I can’t wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies. I’m learning all the time from the best manager in the game and I’m keen for that to continue alongside the world class players in the squad.”
Sir Alex Ferguson reflected on Danny’s career so far but reckons we have plenty more to look forward to.
“Danny has been with the club since he was eight years old and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years – first out on loan and last year as a regular in the first team,” the manager said. “He has become an important player at international level as well, as the maturity of his performances at the European Championships showed. This year is another important one for him. He has a bright future ahead of him.”
“Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life,” said the player. “It’s a team I have admired for many years now and I can’t wait to join my teammates and play my part in helping the club be successful.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been looking for cover for Patrice Evra following Fabio da Silva’s year long loan deal with QPR, is equally as impressed.
“Alexander is one of the best young left backs in Europe and we’re delighted to sign him,” he said. “He’s someone we’ve been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position.”
A great win for our boys at the weekend. Read all about it here MUFCNZ 9 Takapuna 2
A disappointing start to the season but we will improve from here. Van Persie will get better the more game time he gets and Kagawa was impressive with some nice touches and good movement. The defence is the biggest concern at the moment with the injuries we have, Why was Carrick (supposed to be) marking Fellaini and not Vidic?
Full match report here Everton 1 United 0
This year's AGM is Sunday 12th August at Royal Navy Base, Ngataringa Bay, Devonport, Auckland at 12.30pm
United have announced a seven-year shirt sponsorship deal with General Motors.
Chevrolet, United's official car partner, will become only the club's fifth shirt sponsor from the 2014-15 season.
Announcing the agreement, which has been signed for an undisclosed amount, United's commercial director, Richard Arnold, told the club's official website: "This is a fantastic, long-term deal for the club.
"We have been partners with Chevrolet for only six weeks, but already they have produced some fantastic ideas that will benefit both the partnership and our 659 million followers around the world.
"They are a key partner on our current tour and I know they have enjoyed experiencing the buzz generated by our fanatical support and the sell-out crowds in South Africa, China, and Europe.
"It is a great thrill for those of us who work with partners all year round when an existing partner steps up to being one of our principal partners. This commitment to United and its fans will bring real benefits to everyone who cares about the club."
Chevrolet will replace Aon, whose partnership with United began in the 2010/11 season.
Alan Batey, General Motors' North America vice-president, US sales and service, said: "We are extremely proud to connect our brand, Chevrolet, with Manchester United and its passionate supporters all around the world.
"Manchester United's statistics are impressive, but this relationship goes far beyond the numbers - this relationship is about connecting our brand with the deep-seated emotion that surrounds the team everywhere it goes.
"When you consider the core values of Chevrolet, our passionate customers around the world, and our rich 100-year history, the partnership with Manchester United is a perfect fit.
"And, to be only the fifth name on the iconic red jersey is a genuine honour. We very much look forward to the road ahead and the opportunities we have in partnering with such a legendary club."
The Curry club will meet again at Masala on Titirangi Rd, Titirangi on Wed 8th August at 7.30pm. $10 all mains!
If you're keen to join us please text Ken on 027 284 8862 with number attending so we can reserve you a seat. Full menu can be found here: Masala Restaurant
The Manchester United DHL 2012 Tour got off to a winning start in Durban on Wednesday night, as Federico Macheda's first-half strike edged an entertaining affair against AmaZulu FC.
Both sides created chances in an open encounter but ultimately it was a night where goalkeepers shone. United's Anders Lindegaard and AmaZulu's Taupwa Kapini made a string of superb saves to deny the capacity crowd more goals. In the end, they were probably the only two men who were pleased the net bulged just once.
Not that the Durban supporters left disappointed. The crowd were treated to some fabulous passing moves from both teams, a match played in generous spirit and a late cameo from summer signing Shinji Kagawa.
Fellow summer arrival Nick Powell didn't feature at all, although there were plenty of other new faces in the Reds' line-up. Frederic Veseli, Scott Wootton, Robbie Brady and Jesse Lingard all pulled on a senior shirt for the first time, with Marnick Vermijl, Tyler Blackett, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Davide Petrucci also claiming the honour when they came off the bench in the second half.
Played against the backdrop of celebrations for Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday, the match started brightly. Javier Hernandez spurned a golden chance inside two minutes following fancy footwork and a stinging shot by Macheda, while Paul Scholes thrilled onlookers with a series of clever passes.
Vuvuzelas - the droning horn that soundtracked the 2010 World Cup - were dusted off and blown with gusto throughout, ceasing only to give way to cheers when Macheda opened the scoring on 20 minutes.
Berbatov, playing in the middle of United's three-pronged attack, fed the 20-year-old superbly with a ball that required little more than a cool head and a firm strike to send it beyond Kapini. Down the other end, Lindegaard had to react smartly down by his near post to prevent Ayanda Dlamini from restoring parity almost immediately. The same tricky AmaZulu forward wasted a much easier chance just before the break at the conclusion of a sustained period of pressure from the home side.
It wasn't the final highlight of the first half, though. That honour fell to Berbatov, who drew an acrobatic save from Kapini with an outrageous volley from 18 yards, direct from Robbie Brady's corner.
The anticipated raft of half-time substitutions never materialised (AmaZulu made two, Vermijl replaced Veseli) so the Bulgarian continued to torment the South Africans in the second period. One early shot was cleared off the line; another drew yet more goalkeeping heroics.
Lindegaard's battle with Dlamini also resumed at the other end, with the Dane diving to keep out an effort bound for the far corner. An even better stop denied substitute Josef Lekata from close range.
There was mass confusion just after the hour mark when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Blackett, on for Brady a few minutes earlier, tumbled inside his own box under a clumsy challenge from an AmaZulu forward. Sense prevailed after United's protestations, however, and the Reds escaped unscathed.
Petrucci rattled the crossbar from distance in the game's closing stages before Kagawa's eventual inclusion on 89 minutes earned the biggest cheer of the night.
As pre-season openers go, Sir Alex will consider this a success. He successfully juggled youth with experience to hand 17 players time on the pitch, gave new signings their first United minutes and, most importantly, none of his men sustained serious injury. No wonder he, along with more than 50,000 people, left the Moses Mabhida stadium smiling.
United: Lindegaard; Veseli (Vermijl 46), Wootton, Ferdinand, Brady (Blackett 58); Carrick, Scholes (Tunnicliffe 70), Lingard (Petrucci 70); Hernandez (Kagawa 89), Berbatov, Macheda (Anderson 58).
United stars Javier Hernandez and David De Gea are the stars on a brand new viral video.
MUTV, as part of their pre-season TV schedule, have launched the backheel penalty challenge and Chicharito and the Red Devils’ Spanish keeper were the first duo to take part.
The objective is simple: with one player playing the role as the goalie, the job of the penalty taker is to try and score with a backhheeled shot from around 8-yards out.
The July meeting is on Wednesday night (18th) at 7.30pm at:
Gables Speights Alehouse
248 Jervois Rd
Ryan Giggs has been named captain of Great Britain's Olympic football team
Full story and Giggs' reaction here Giggs to skipper Team GB
From Valencia's Twitter feed:
I humbly accept the historic #7. Will do my best. Thanks to God, my family, Man Utd and all the fans for believing in me! #weareall7
United have confirmed that midfielder Paul Pogba has left the club to join Juventus.
The 19-year-old's contract at Old Trafford expired this summer and he had been expected to leave.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson told MUTV: "Pogba signed for Juventus a long time ago as far as we're aware. Which is disappointing. I don't think he showed us any respect at all so, to be honest, I'm quite happy."
Pogba joined United from Le Havre in 2009 but made just a handful of substitute appearances, with his last outing coming in the 5-0 win over Wolves last March.
Both Tom Cleverley and Ryan Giggs have been named in Stuart Pearce's Team GB Olympic Squad
The tournament starts on July 26 with the Final on August 11 should they make it that far.
The match at the Ullevi Stadium will be only the Reds' second game in the Swedish city during Sir Alex Ferguson's time as manager - the previous occasion was in November 1994. United also played there twice under Sir Matt Busby, beating Gothenburg Alliance 4-2 in May 1955 and 4-0 twelve months later.
Announcing the game, chief executive David Gill said, "Manchester United against Barcelona is one of the top fixtures in world football and we are delighted to work with GotEvent to bring this match to the beautiful city of Gothenburg.
"We have a large following throughout Scandinavia and it’s great that this match will form part of our preparations for the new season." Tickets will be released on Tuesday 3 July at 09:00 (local time) on www.ticnet.se.
MUFCNZ Football team upcoming fixtures:
v Takapuna, Taharoto Road, 1st July, 3-3 (Wes, Gaz 2)
v Onehunga 22nd July
v Takapuna 19th August
v East Coast Bays 26th August
The fixture list for the upcoming season has just been released.
View all United's fixtures here: 2012-13 Fixtures
MUFCNZ June meeting this Sunday 17th June
Venue: Northcote Tavern, 37 Queen St, Northcote Point, Auckland
Kick Off: 12pm
The MUFCNZ committee met tonight to discuss the website.
Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see on here
Wishing long term member and MUFCNZ football team manager Ken Faint a very Happy 50th Birthday
Have a great day mate.
The January meeting is Wednesday 18th at Speakers Corner, Browns Bay, Auckland - Kick off 7.30pm
Photos from the Christmas Party can be found on the Photos page.
Next club meeting is Wed 18th January at Speakers Corner, Browns Bay, Auckland 7.30pm
This year's Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 4th December 12.30pm at the Royal Navy Base, Devonport, Auckland.
There will be a BBQ (meat provided by the club), Football team prizegiving, Christmas raffle with some fantastic United prizes and a visit from Santa. An thoroughly enjoyable day for all the family so please come along and join us. Guests welcome.
Venue: Speakers Corner, Browns Bay, Auckland
Date: Wednesday 16th November
The October edition of the club magazine is due out in the next few days. For paid up club members. look out for this in your inbox soon.
We had a lovely day yesterday for the club BBQ and October meeting at Steve & Carrie's place.
Check out all the pictures now in the PHOTOS section.
MUFCNZ club member Michael Hester, the first New Zealander to referee a match at the Fifa World Cup, has blown fulltime on his refereeing career.
Mike has refereed at the World Cup, Confederations Cup, Club World Cup, Under-17 World Cup and Olympic Games as well many 'A' internationals.
But the 39-year-old, whose partner is expecting their first child, has decided he can no longer balance the demands of refereeing and a fulltime career as a supply officer for the Royal New Zealand Navy.
"Refereeing is a hobby I've taken from council grounds to World Cup stadiums and it's been an amazing adventure," Hester said. "But the reality is that it's a hobby that you have to balance with your professional and personal demands.
"While I've been trying to find a way to stay involved and also work towards the next World Cup in Brazil, or certainly the campaign to be selected, some other challenges in my life mean it's no longer sustainable. I've had to prioritise and unfortunately refereeing has been the thing I've had to sacrifice."
New Zealand Football Chief Executive Grant McKavanagh paid tribute to a "football pioneer".
"Mike, along with Peter O'Leary, has flown the flag for refereeing in this country and his achievements have shown what is possible for aspiring Kiwi referees," McKavanagh said.
Hester took up the whistle in 2001 and rose rapidly through the ranks before making the international list in 2007.
Hester and O'Leary were selected among 30 referees for last year's World Cup, with fellow Kiwis Jan Hintz and Brent Best joining them as assistants in two Oceania trios. Hester refereed the Group B match between Korea Republic and Greece in Bloemfontein.
While the memory of that match will live on for Hester, he also lists his initial selection for the Fifa list, refereeing the Wellington Phoenix's match against David Beckham's LA Galaxy, the South Pacific Games final between Fiji and New Caledonia and five games at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup as career highlights.
But top of the list for Hester was a crucial 2009 Confederations Cup match between USA and Egypt, when Hester performed with distinction under intense pressure.
"That match was probably the most exciting and exhilarating game I've ever been involved in," he said. "There was so much on the line for both teams. Italy were playing Brazil at the same time in the group and it came down to goal difference as to who was going to go through.
"Even though USA had a 3-0 lead in the last few minutes, one goal for Egypt would have put them through so that match was the most intense I've been involved in."
"We showed that despite coming from a relatively amateur part the world we could still deliver on the big stage."
Hester acknowledges that the expanding use of technology could present a challenge for the Oceania region to keep pace.
Following Sunday's AGM the elected committee for the coming season is:
CHAIRMAN: ROB HARRIS
VICE CHAIRMAN: GARETH GOODINSON
SECRETARY: YVONNE MORGAN
TREASURER: BRIAN WOOD
This year's AGM is Sunday 7th August at Royal Navy Base, Devonport, Auckland at 12.30pm
There will be a barbecue lunch followed by the election of the new committee for 2011/12 season.
Welcome to the club Paige Harris born on 25th July in Parnell,Auckland
Another daughter for proud parents Rob & Katrina and a little sister for Jaimie