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Referees – Thanks three hundred!

Glenfield Rovers v Hamilton Wanderers

A couple of weeks ago, in-the-back-of-the.net got its 300,000th page view! That’s a milestone that demands celebration. How do we celebrate around here? If precedent is anything to go by, I celebrate by paying homage to some of the game’s least celebrated yet essential elements – referees! I marked the […]

Retro Sunday

Angus Kilkolly for Wanderers and Tyler Lissette for Team Welly

Wanderers SC 1, Team Wellington 4 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, December 14 2014 A couple of weeks ago I compiled a post packed full of photographs and memories of and about Newmarket Park – the home of New Zealand football in the 1960s and ‘70s. It was hugely popular as […]

Jinx no more!

Chad Coombes completely innocently rugby tackling Tamupiwa Dimairo

Wellington Phoenix A 0, WaiBOP United 2 Eden Park, Auckland, December 13 2014 I’ll hear no more talk of me jinxing WaiBOP United THANK you very much because it’s over! The drought has been broken! The curse is lifted! Jinxes are soooooooooooo 2013/14 because in 2014/15 I have a 100% […]

Blame it on the rain

Come on Phoenix!

Wellington Phoenix 1, Central Coast Mariners 1 Eden Park, Auckland, December 13 2014 Sorry about the weather, folks. That was my fault. Every time I get photographer credentials for a big game, this is what happens. But despite that it was fantastic to be down on the pitch for the […]

Guest Post – Dear Mr Rattue

William Green Domain

By Ella Reilly Dear Mr Rattue, While in no way could I claim to be on the same level as the “dissatisfied women footballers of the world” who have called out FIFA on their decision to stage next year’s women’s World Cup in Canada on artificial turf, it needs to […]

Pridey pridey pridey priiiiiidey!

Victoria Esson receiving the trophy

Mainland Pride 3, New Zealand Development 1 English Park, Christchurch, December 7 2014 “PRIDEY PRIDEY PRIDEY PRIIIIIDEY” (to the tune of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’) rang out over Christchurch’s English Park today as Mainland Pride went back-to-back – winning our nation’s premier women’s football league for the second […]

Developers gonna develop

The uncharacteristic Cushla Lichtwark error that led to Development retaking the lead

New Zealand Development 5, Capital Football 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, November 30 2014 Last time these two sides met, it was one of the most thrilling 0-0 draws I have ever seen. So you can imagine my excitement as I headed along State Highway 18, the motorway that connects […]

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