Kevin Fallon Blog


  • Week 13 - 01/05
    One of my favourite musicians died at the start of the week. The legendary, multi talented, Prince had it all; singer, dancer, musician, song writer. “Purple Rain” was in my top hundred playlist. It’s a fact of life that as you get older more and more of the people you know die.
    Posted: Sunday 1 May 2016
  • Week 12 - 24/04
    What a week! School holidays and our first coaching course in what is the start of Manukau City's Talent identification programme. I felt like Walter Massey Park was my home. My car automatically went there. The venue catered for children as young as seven participating in the game we all love; FOOTBALL.
    Posted: Sunday 24 April 2016
  • Week 11 - 17/04
    What a difference a favourable result makes to a football persons life. Last week we were in a buoyant mood coming back from the North with three points and this week the last minute 2-1 loss to table topping Takapuna put dampers on the week end.
    Posted: Sunday 17 April 2016
  • Week 10 - 10/04
    The advent of daylight saving gave me an opportunity to work under our new lights and on the winter training area. Thankfully both came through with flying colours. Our facilities for training are as good as any I have experienced in the past at club level (and I've had a few!)
    Posted: Sunday 10 April 2016
  • Week 9 - 03/04
    The injury last week to the first team goalkeeper Iona Lupena had all the coaching staff scurrying around looking for a replacement. Into the breach stepped Ron Lal who joined us from the Papatoetoe Football Club. With one training session under his belt Ron was immediately thrown into action against Ngaruawahia last Saturday.
    Posted: Sunday 3 April 2016
  • Week 8 - 27/03
    We can learn from anyone and anywhere, but our minds must be receptive to taking on board new ways of doing things or sometimes of not being in step with the crowd.
    Posted: Sunday 27 March 2016
  • Week 7 - 20/03
    What a week; I was in Wellington to celebrate the 80th birthday of ex-New Zealand National coach Barrie Truman and ended up in a hospital bed in the Auckland City hospital. Finishing the week taking training and the team in our final practice match against Premier League team Birkenhead United.
    Posted: Sunday 20 March 2016
  • Week 6 - 13/03
    It was one of those weeks in coaching that you wish would go on forever. Our training sessions were top class with players focused on individual and collective improvement.
    Posted: Sunday 13 March 2016
  • Week 5 - 06/03
    Caught up with Allan Jones this week. Having a chat on the phone about the plight of the game. One thing we were both agreed upon was the need in New Zealand to have one football season. Not both summer and winter seasons. That would help with international fixtures also a clearer indictator of what the competitions are and where each club stands in the order of things.
    Posted: Sunday 6 March 2016
  • Week 4 - 28/02
    Another week has flown by. It started with me cleaning out a box of football cuttings, old photographs and souvenirs. One of the photographs I came across featured a MAGS ACADEMY group and there was Michael Day on a group photograph taken after a Academy training session. In the same photo were Mark Holt (Papatoetoe coach). Future first eleven players Van Lindsay, Lewis Chaloner, Ryan McKenzie, Richard Clements, Patrick Berry, Gichin Fuihiniu, Ryan Lilleby, Jesse Scott and the legendary Bobby..
    Posted: Sunday 28 February 2016
  • Week 3 - 21/02
    It was good this week to catch up with another couple of young men who featured in polar opposites of my life. Connor Stoton my ex MAGS striker is back in training and I am pleased to report despite his lay off he has maintained his general fitness which can only be good news for Manukau City Football Club.

    At the other end of the field and yesteryear in the opposition camp is Simon Stafford Bush. He also returned to training looking fresh and raring to go.
    Posted: Sunday 21 February 2016
  • Week 2 - 14/02
    Week two brings to a close the preparatory phase of pre season training. Numbers have been excellent so has player enthusiasm and application.
    Posted: Sunday 14 February 2016
  • Week 1 - 07/02
    Our first weeks pre preparatory training is over. I have planned two weeks of preparing to train and then onto the pre season proper for a month.

    I must have worked with forty different football players in three sessions. Most were known to my coaching assistant Ricky Espinoza. Very few to me apart from a number of ex MAGS players who it was good to catch up with.
    Posted: Sunday 7 February 2016

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