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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: http://in-the-back-of-the.net/about/

Work in progress

WaiBOP 0, Auckland 4 Gower Park, Hamilton, September 15 2018 Well that was a rather quiet, sombre, some might say sulky drive back along State Highway One from Hamilton for me. It’s silly really. Looking at these two sides on paper it was always going to be very, very difficult […]

They’ve only gone and done it again!

Birkenhead United 1, Western Suburbs 1 AET (Birkenhead won 5-4 on penalties) North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 9 2018 Well that was one of the all-time best weekends I can remember. Ella, Helena and I recorded an exciting new podcast that will be coming your way very soon, ITBOTN got […]

Get a grip

The secret formula to getting local football covered by the mainstream media seems to have been unearthed.  In recent days the NRFL has made headlines for the wrong reasons – those being two fights, one in South Auckland and one on the North Shore. At least the diverse locations show […]

Closing Time

Claudelands Rovers 0, Forrest Hill Milford 11 Galloway Park, Hamilton, September 2 2018 It all happens so fast! It only feels like a couple of weeks since the Northern League season got underway, and now, just like that, it’s all over. Where did that time disappear to? The very last […]

Red, white and Gray

Nelson Suburbs 0, Birkenhead United 2 Saxton Fields, Nelson, August 27 2018 It seemed like a perfectly sensible idea back when I booked it, a 6:05am Sunday flight to Nelson for a Chatham Cup semi-final. But when my alarm went off at 4am yesterday I must admit that the thought […]

Guest Post – Why oh why Waiuku?

By Mark O’Donnell Every footballer at every level longs to win a championship title. Indeed, some of the best footballers in the world never achieve that honour. For the 11 players on the pitch, 4 substitutes on the bench and all the management at Waiuku AFC they are 90 minutes […]

Guest Post – Craigo

By Rob Carty and Simon Borich When thinking of Warkworth Football Club three Gs come to mind- Grassroots, Gumboots and Good Buggers. Warkworth Football Club is a club that has been built on strong personalities. Good buggers like Deano, Olly, the Carr boys, Lambie, Pies, Jonny, Notley, Stiffy, Rutty and Goffy […]

She turns to her right

Genfield Rovers 2, Eastern Suburbs 2 McFetridge Park, Auckland, August 19 2018 Well, I’ve only been predicting it for the past three years or so but it finally happened in the year I decided to keep my thoughts to myself for once, rather than jinx the mighty Rovers. And that […]

Up the Ku

Pukekohe 1, Waiuku 2 Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, August 18 2018 There have been a few pointed comments on social media about my recent penchant to increasingly shun NRFL football in favour of obscure games that tend more towards bedrock than grassroots. Sometimes it moves beyond social media. At yesterday’s game, […]

The Mountain Road Shake

Central United 2, Ellerslie 2 St Peter’s College, Auckland, August 12 2018 Google Maps says it takes 16 minutes to get from Becroft Park, Forrest Hill, to St Peter’s College in Newmarket – and that seemed optimistic to me, even though it’s motorway a lot of the way. I had […]