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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/

Drawing Ferns

Bucklands Beach 1, Football Ferns Development 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, May 21 2017 When I made the decision to go to two very different Bucklands Beach games this weekend, I thought they would both be quite one sided based on the table positions of the teams involved. The over […]

The Divine Ponytail

Bay Olympic 1, Bucklands Beach 8 Crum Park, Auckland, May 20 2017 Once upon a time I went to watch a mate of mine play over 35s football at Crum Park in Green Bay. I blogged about it here. Last week I noticed him talking about his team on Facebook […]

Changes afoot

I have recently caught wind of a few potential changes that are strongly rumoured to be under consideration for the NRFL following a review of the competition. My understanding is that we are still a ways off any final decisions being made, with any changes that are eventually agreed upon […]

Performing when it Matamatas

Matamata Swifts 6, Onehunga Mangere 0 Matamata Domain, Matamata, May 14 2017 Generally when I scan the draw looking for a cup tie to attend, I’m trying to identify a game that’s contested by at least one team I wouldn’t ordinarily watch play as well as a match that has […]

Dazza the plumber

There has been a measure of media coverage lately concerning the off field shenanigans of one or two practitioners of some variation of oval ball nonsense – or so I’m told. I haven’t taken much notice of it, to be completely honest, but I gather the offense was something along […]

Kings no more?

Eastern Suburbs 2, Three Kings 0 Madills Farm, Auckland, May 7 2017 It’s only been three short weeks since I was last at Madills Farm but, in the intervening time, change has been afoot. Green has been replaced by orange as the predominant hue of the surrounding deciduous trees – […]

The football balcony

(With apologies to Vic Mizzy, composer of the original Addams Family theme tune) The patrons are all witty The view is always pretty It’s structurally iffy The football balcony The offside calls are correct From every viewing aspect No oculary defects On the football balcony (Cheers) (Jeers) (Cheap beers) If […]

Guest Post – Sideline chatter

By Cordwainer Bull My first thought on reading Enzo’s blogstering about homophobic insults being chucked at the ref at McLeod Rd the other week was not so much indignancy, as: “What a very 1970s insult… those Westie bozos really need to update their material”. My second thought was more whimsical, […]