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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots football enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent club on earth - A.S. Roma. More info (including e-mail address) can be found here: https://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

The seven goals of Rovers

Glenfield Rovers 7, Papakura 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, April 15 2018 I’ve had an interesting ten days. Last Friday our hot water cylinder burst, leaving us without warm showers until Tuesday night when it had finally been replaced with a shiny new model. On Tuesday night our power went out […]

Wharfies

Waterside Karori 1, Petone 0 Wakefield Park, Wellington, April 8 2018 If I was to have a favourite club in Wellington, there is a solid argument for it to be Waterside Karori. Formed by wharfies almost 100 years ago when you wouldn’t dare set foot on the Wellington waterfront without […]

Maureen Burnside

It’s always sad when a great stalwart of the grassroots game passes away, but this one is a little bit personal for me. I only met Maureen Burnside a grand total of twice in my life, but she is nonetheless someone I partially credit for my love of football. A […]

Beat that with a stick

Auckland City 1, Team Wellington 0 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, April 1 2018 For the third year in a row it was Auckland City vs Team Wellington in the final of the New Zealand national league. And for the third year in a row I was predicting a comfortable Auckland […]

The real deal

North Shore 0, Melville 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, March 30 2018 After last week’s stuttering start to my official winter season, it felt great to be getting into it properly yesterday and even more so to be doing it at Allen Hill. Some of my best childhood football memories […]

Missing in action

Western Springs 1, Glenfield Rovers 2 Seddon Fields, Auckland, March 25 2018 All systems go!** Everyone’s favourite regional football league (the Northern Regional Football League in case you were wondering) got underway last weekend. And what an opening round it was! New kids, both of which I’m a big fan […]

Withdrawal symptoms

It’s about this time of year that I usually do my Northern League pre-season interview. Unfortunately I haven’t done it this year. Sorry. My excuses basically boil down to three things – I haven’t got my proverbial together, I have been too busy with other commitments and I’ve decided to […]

Red sky at night, OM’s delight

Onehunga Mangere 2, Beachlands Maraetai 0 (OM won 3-1 on aggregate) McLennan Park, Auckland, March 11 2018 Was it the calm before the storm or the storm after the calm? You be the judge. As Cyclone Hola hurtled towards New Zealand’s East Coast at breakneck pace leaving destruction in its […]

Guest Post – Sheppard’s Pie

By Cordwainer Bull Fantastic news this week about NZ Football renaming the National Women’s Knockout Cup to the admittedly more circumlocutory New Zealand Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup In case you missed it, on International Women’s Day, New Zealand Football announced the Women’s Knockout Cup has been renamed after Kate […]

The paradise derby

Beachlands Maraetai 1, Onehunga Mangere 1 McLennan Park, Auckland, March 4 2018 If Onehunga Mangere and Beachlands Maraetai had a longstanding football rivalry, and you weren’t overly keen on calling it ‘the double barrelled name derby’, it could be dubbed the ‘paradise derby’. Because both of these clubs occupy home […]