The Diary - September



September 1st

Football Fern keeper, Erin Nayler, signs with France's Olympique Lyon

The All White's had an assistant manager, this news came as a surprise to many as NZF announced Alex Armstrong had “resigned” from the post

Tom Fawdry has been named youth coach of Tasman United. Fawdry will also be goalkeeping coach and backup keeper to Coey Turipa in the National League side.
Andy Morris, who is FC Nelson's director of football will assist him

September 2nd
NZF announce Ex Leicester City, Hull City, England U21 and 1 game England caretaker manager, Peter Taylor, as the new assistant to All White's manager Anthony Hudson

Stirling Sports are the new sponsor for the NZ Premiership, the league will kick off on October 16th, has 3 new teams (Eastern Suburbs, Wanderers & Tasman United) and the majority of games will be at 2pm on a Sunday

Another day another NZ assistant coach leaving, this time it is Football Ferns assistant, Danny Robinson who is leaving to become the Academy Manager at England's Burton Albion.

Mt Albert Grammar win a record 4th consecutive Secondary Schools girls title beating St Peters of Cambridge 6-0 in Nelson

September 3rd
Striker Myer Bevan scores a Hat trick on hid debut for the NZ U20 side as they beat the Cook Islands 3-0 in their opening game at the Oceania World Cup Qualifying series in Vanuatu.

Wellington Phoenix beat a Central League Select 3-0 in front of 2000 at Kapiti Coast United's Weka Park

September 6th
New Zealand U20's come from behind to beat Tahiti 4-1 in Vanuatu

September 7th
Gareth Turnball names an attacking squad for the U17 Women's World Cup in Jordan adding just 3 new players to the squad he took to China earlier this year

September 8th
Ex All White Tim Brown has managed to raise $9.7 million to expand his All birds woolen shoe business

Tim Brown & his All Birds shoes Stuff

September 9th
Ricki Herbert is going back to school – he has been appointed Director of Football at St Peter's college in Cambridge

September 10th
Team Taranaki beat Waterside-Karori 2-1, meaning the tie is 2-2 but they win on the away goals rule and secure promotion to the Central League

New Phoenix signing, Adam Parkhouse wins the New South Wales premier league player of the year

New Zealand U20's draw 0-0 with the Solomon Island's in their last group game in the world cup qualifying

September 11th
Forrest Hill Milford United beat Glenfield Rovers 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw to win the National Women's Knockout Cup

Birkenhead United beat Waitakere City 3-2 in a classic Chatham Cup final. Birkenhead were 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go when Waitakere City scored twice and forced extra time but a Ethan Galbriath goal gave the cup to Birkenhead United for the first time in their history.

Birkenhead United celebrating their first ever Chatham Cup win The JourneyFan

 2 goals to Roy Krishna & 2 free kick goals to Gui Finkler give Wellington an impressive 4-1 win over Melbourne City in Townsville

September 12th
Napier restaurant and bar the Thirsty Whale will be the sponsors of Hawkes Bay United in the coming season

September 13th
NZ U20's secure a place in the 2017 South Korea World Cup after beating New Caledonia 3-1 in the semi final

September 14th
Wellington Phoenix sign Alex Rufer on a 2 year contract. Rufer hasn't played since December due to a broken leg but has recovered ahead of time

Southern United announce they will play their home games at Peter Johnstone Park – the home of Taieri Rugby club

September 15th
The Wellington Phoenix and Queensland's Northern Fury are looking at forming a partnership which could see player exchanges between the 2 clubs

September 16th
New Zealand win the Oceania U20 tournament beating Declan Edge coached Vanuatu 5-0

NZ U20 Oceania Champions 2016 Radio NZ

Ex All White, Tommy Smith of Ipswich Town will be out of action for 3 months as he has a back operation

September 17th
A Hamish Watson goal gives the Phoenix a 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners in Sydney

New Team Wellington coach, Jose Figuero, signs off with Central United by leading them to their 4th Northern League title

Auckland Football appoint Bill McGowan as CEO.

September 18th
Wellington Phoenix sign Sydney United defender Jacob Tratt on a 1 plus 1 year deal

September 19th
Jeff Partington, a Hastings Hibernian masters player, collapses and dies at the Nationwide Marist tournament in Napier

September 20th
Wellington Phoenix fail in their attempt to postpone their first game of the season when they will be without 5 possibly more players due to the All Whites having games against Mexico & the USA

September 21st
Ex Phoenix midfield maestro, Albert Riera is returning to NZ and has signed with Auckland City for the upcoming Stirling Sports Premiership season

September 22nd
South Auckland Rangers become the 8th club in the Auckland Football Federation region to gain QCM accreditation

September 23rd  
Auckland City beat a Melbourne City Youth \ reserve team 5-1 in Melbourne
September 24th
Wellington Phoenix complete their pre-season with a 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners in a very wet Nelson. The game is preceded by Tasman United's first ever game who go down 1-0 to the Weenix

The seagulls waiting for the Phoenix-Mariners game to kick off in "sunny" Nelson The JourneyFan

Wairarapa United are to replace Paul Ifill as coach, a decision not just driven by results but financial considerations as well

September 25th
Auckland City hold out A-League Melbourne City for 75 minutes before conceding 2 late goals in a 2-0 loss. Melbourne City's Tim Cahill says Auckland City played really well.

September 26th
At the end of the season, Lower Hutt City coach Ryan Sandford was looking for a new job and now he has found one as Goalkeeping coach for the Bangladesh National team

Oceania now has 3 voices on the FIFA council with the election of American Samoa's Sandra Fruean and Cook Islands Lee Harmon who join Oceania president David Chung

September 27th
Sense has been reached with NZF moving the time of the NZ v New Caledonia World Cup Qualifier on the 12th November to 3pm so it no longer clashes with the Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners game in Canberra

NZF also anounce that the March 28th game against Fiji will be in Wellington and if they qualify, the Oceania playoff will be in Auckland and the Inter-contiental play off will be in Wellington

September 28th
In what seems like the ever ending league, the Northern League finally comes to a close as Birkenhead United's victory over Western Springs, sends the latter down and means the Waikato will have 1 representative in the Northern League next season as Wanderers survive

September 29th
Nelson Bays football development officer, George Campbell, is retiring after 40 years of coaching

September 30th
Wellington Phoenix continue to do what other Australian A-League clubs don't and raid the Australian 2nd tier signing Western Australian defender Ryan Lowry from ECU Joondalup

Liz Milne (Glenfield Rovers) about to score their first goal in the National Women's KnockOut Cup Final The JourneyFan