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Cup of Nations is a treat

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers’ match day programme ‘sidelined’ on Sunday 10 February 2019] It may have escaped the notice of some in our game, but despite what Goal.com and no doubt a few other red faced pundits would have you believe, there is in fact a […]

A gentleman’s sport

There has been some interesting debate recently about the discrepancy in financial spoils for the country’s top female sportswomen compared to their male counterparts, as the popularity and profile of women’s sport grows – Morgan

At the end the Aucklanders win

Auckland City 3, Eastern Suburbs 2Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 26 2019 Yeah, so obviously I’ve been a bit slack in January. Whereas my first game of 2018 kicked off at 12:01am on January 1, this year I have kept my wonderful adoring fan(s) (hi mum) waiting a whopping 26 days […]

The Return Fixture Interviews – Mikaela Hunt

Last week we kicked off a series of long form interviews transcribed from The Return Fixture – ITBOTN’s National Women’s League podcast. The second installment is Helena’s insightful chat with Mikaela Hunt, Southern United’s captain and inspirational leader. Helena Wiseman: Mikaela Hunt has played in a National Women’s League final […]

Get Well Soon Wynton

First of all, get well soon Wynton. It’s inarguable that the most talented and decorated All White ever produced is Wynton Alan Whai Rufer, CNZM. Terry Maddaford’s explanation from nearly twenty years ago explains it perfectly, Rufer – Simply the best we’ve ever had. Since then we’ve had the joys of seeing […]

The day NZ football (almost) died

The untimely demise of NZ football in the 1970’s was predicted but what happened? (This is part of an article I did for a Wanderers ISPS Handa Premiership programme recently. I was was spurred to blog post it here after reading the recent ITBOTN article penned by Dave Newdick referring […]

Decade

Avid followers of ITBOTN will know that my annual New Year’s Day tradition is to change all eighteen of the randomised header images on the blog to some of the best photos I have snapped over the previous twelve months. But we’re taking a slightly different tack on this occasion! […]