[Exactly a fortnight ago on this bandwidth I made the case for a 10,000-12,000 seat stadium in Petone. Today, in the interests of a balanced debate, Zio Steve, in-the-back-of-the.net's Phoenix season ticket holder in residence, presents the other side of the argument.] By Steven Hill There is a symbiotic relationship between […]
The ever versatile Andy McNeil. Where will he wind up next?
Onehunga Sports 2, Cashmere Technical 1 Waitakere City 4, Western Suburbs 0 Cashmere Technical 2, Western Suburbs 1 Waitakere City 1, Onehunga Sports 0 Bruce Pullman Park, Auckland, March 9 2014 It was pretty hard to go past the Manchester United Premier Cup (Nike Cup as it used to be […]
Anyone who knows me, or has caught sight of me out in public, knows that I’m the last person who should be held up as any sort of authority on the subject of fashion. As the saying goes however, I may not know much about art, but I know what […]
Did the little old local New Zealand football scene have an international recording artist in our midst last winter? A few weeks ago I started noticing a growing anomaly in the blog stats. Over the space of the past couple of months, one photograph has attracted more page views than […]
[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Christchurch. It’s hard to say anything on the subject without sounding patronising or clichéd. They have been through so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Their strength of spirit is an example to us all. They have had such […]
[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]
On the brink of a non-Auckland franchise representing New Zealand for the first time in O-League history.
Glenfield Rovers 1, Eastern Suburbs 0 Huapai Domain, Auckland, March 2 2014 Decisions, decisions, decisions. It’s pretty tough being me sometimes. Sure, there are children dying of AIDS and starvation around the world, Russia and Ukraine are on the brink of war, and in Uganda you can now be executed […]
Papakura City 1, Manurewa AFC 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, February 27 2014 Usually it’s quite hard to gauge how good a side is from their pre-season form but, if it’s ever possible to draw conclusions, perhaps you can on a night like last night when Papakura City played Manurewa with […]