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Windy Waitak

Waitak keeper Liam Anderson climbing

Waitakere United 2, Hamilton Wanderers 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 16 2017 It was a game of one stiff breeze. Wind was the winner on the day! After a lovely pre-game lunch at Little Sister with the New Zealand football community’s most colourful Twitterer, the man who was in possession […]

A letter to Gianni

UEFA General Secretary Infantino asks the audience for silence before the draw for the play-off matches for UEFA Euro 2016 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon

Dear Gianni, A non-exhaustive list of things that are broken and need fixing in world football: Corruption Nepotism Cronyism Patronage Sexism Homophobia Racism Transphobia Sexual abuse The Ballon d’Or voting Simulation Player wages that could feed entire countries Transfer fees that could feed entire continents Abuse of referees Fan violence […]

The coffee is mightier than the grudge

Tom Shore firing past Coery Chettleburgh

Waitakere United 1, Hawkes Bay United 0 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 8 2017 The first and most important commandment that must be adhered to by any true fan of Waikato football is ‘thou shalt hate Waitakere’. It’s written in stone. Through the ages, these annoying Westies have been the big […]

Evolution

Kaeo Inter v Kerikeri

It’s 2017! Just on the off chance you hadn’t already managed to deduce that fact… It’s somewhat traditional for me to welcome in any new year with a rather dry and boring outline of my blogging plans for the year ahead, as well as ushering in a new look for […]

Top of the pops

Rolston celebrating with Moore

2016 wasn’t a great year in a lot of ways – what with all the much loved famous folks who died not to mention Brexit, Trump, Syria, and the like. But it has been a vintage year for ITBOTN. Way back when I first started this thing I said that […]

Enzo’s Rant – Clubs or franchises?

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[Eastern Suburbs asked me to contribute a regular match day programme column for the duration of their first season back in the national league football fray. My brief was to be “slightly controversial or provocative”. Half joking, I told them they could call the series ‘Enzo’s Rant’ and to my surprise they agreed! […]

One more for the road

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New Zealand A 3, Thailand 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, December 20 2016 Way back on January 10 I watched my first football game of 2016 – Auckland City vs Southern United, in the sun at Kiwitea Street. It’s now twelve months later, give or take a week or two, […]