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Franklin United

England, a Young Footballers Land of Opportunity

2020-05-26T09:21:04+12:0025 May 2020|

Playing football overseas is a dream for every young footballer. In late 2019, Pavan Khun Khun was fortunate to see what football and life were like in England.  The chance to encounter the culture, lifestyle and passion that is football in the United Kingdom was a dream experience. And this Franklin United player boarded the [...]

Spotlight on Aeron Singh

2020-05-04T11:12:16+12:004 May 2020|

Foundation member Aeron Singh signs on for another season having already had 56 appearances in Franklin United colours and the Weymouth resident is looking forward to adding to that in 2020. He has won the National Secondary Schools title a couple of times, whilst also representing Fiji at age-group level. In 2005, Singh moved to [...]

The journey from Pukekohe to Wuppertaler SV

2020-04-29T15:50:13+12:0029 April 2020|

A journey of determination, hard work and the nature of politics in football – Matthew Lieshout shared his work of craft with our Academy players. March 17th  2019, the academy players gathered inside Drury United club rooms, darkened to highlight the 6-minute clip [watch it here] of Matthew’s senior year at University. A familiar figure appeared first [...]

Spotlight on Shane Thomas

2020-04-23T19:56:18+12:0023 April 2020|

Waiuku Director of Football, Shane Thomas, joins Franklin United’s junior coaching staff and is eager to learn and share ideas across the board. Currently at Waiuku’s Academy Player Development Program which caters for 8th through to 13th grade & also at FUYA with the 10th, 11th & 12th grades. Passionate about learning, he has worked hard [...]

Spotlight on Trent Hirst

2020-04-22T12:17:11+12:0022 April 2020|

Former Pukekohe AFC goalkeeper, Trent Hirst, has signed for Franklin United after playing at NRFL level for a number of years with Pukekohe before moving to Waiuku. The South Auckland resident had to step away from playing due to work commitments with the Ambulance service, which included covering staff required in Christchurch after the earthquake [...]

Spotlight on Matt Lieshout

2020-04-15T12:40:07+12:0015 April 2020|

Gifted Pukekohe local Matt Lieshout signs with Franklin United and has big ambitions for his game as well as developing junior talent. The former St Josephs Primary School student has had quite a journey since starting in the Pukekohe First Kicks programme. Having continued his youth football at the club, he then went on to [...]

Design Your Own Kit Competition

2020-04-15T08:14:32+12:0015 April 2020|

Get creative and design your own kit to go in the draw to win an awesome prize! Design your kit using the template here - make sure you include the A2X logo! Send your entry to academy@franklinunited.nz by Saturday 18th April! The ‘Top 4 entries’ will then be put to the public vote on our [...]

Spotlight on Barabara Lindsay

2020-04-14T11:02:42+12:0014 April 2020|

Manager extraordinaire Barbara Lindsay continues in 2020, with her extremely popular personality to once again be greatly appreciated by both the players and staff. A manager plays an integral part of any team and the hours that go into the role are huge and largely go unnoticed. Not only is Barbara kept busy making sure [...]

Spotlight on Tony Sibley

2020-04-09T12:10:43+12:009 April 2020|

Former All White Captain Tony Sibley has been around the Club for a few years now and this year will be no different as he adds his expertise to the Senior Mens squad. His playing and coaching career has seen numerous success. Having played 84 times for New Zealand A and B internationals, the defender [...]

Spotlight on Chris Abbott

2020-04-09T12:13:02+12:009 April 2020|

26-year-old Chris Abbott has returned to Franklin United after a spell at Tuakau Football Club. The former Tuakau Primary and College pupil has been impressing with his recent displays. His hard work was rewarded with a goal in the second playoff game against Te Atatu, a superb outside of the foot strike. Chris has played [...]