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NZ Chatham Cup

Anderson, my aim is true

Kiwi True Blues 4, Central Brown 0 Anderson Park, Auckland, April 23 2017 One of my absolute favourite times of year – the Chatham Cup Preliminary round – continued in earnest yesterday. But whereas Saturday well and truly belonged to the Waikato and King Country with fixtures in Matamata, Tokoroa, […]

La magica della coppa

Tokoroa 1, Cambridge 4 Strathmore Park, Tokoroa, April 22 2017 In the 1960’s and 70’s, scores of Italians flocked to the Central North Island of New Zealand to work on the Tongariro power scheme. They lived in basic camps near each project, and a young man by the name of […]

NZF’s Great Integration

It comes, it looms, it’s been clearly outlined in a National Competitions Briefing Document (that has been kindly passed onto us here at ITBOTN). Rend your garments and gather the children indoors, New Zealand Football is looking to change the football calendar entirely (maybe!) Repent, sinners! Repent! After Rob Sherman’s review of competitions […]

Tribalism

Recently the Chief Exec of NZF, Andy Martin made these remarks at Eastern Suburbs AFC… “What we’ve had in the past is a sort of Premier League that has been out on a limb. What we need to see is all the kids coming through the Whole of Football plan, […]

Birko massive!

Birkenhead United 3, Waitakere City 2 AET North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, September 11 2016 What a fantastic day! What an absolutely fantastic entire weekend of football I had, as a matter of fact. There are many stories to tell, but I’ll save a lot of them for later – because […]

Chatham Cup Final: 2016

Chatham Cup Final 2016 Sunday, 11th September – 15:30 KO QBE Stadium Albany Birkenhead United v Waitakere City Ten dollars can’t get you a lot these days. A medium Maccas. A couple of bags of pineapple lumps. 0.001% of the average Auckland house price. For that princely sum though, you […]

We go again

Birkenhead United 3, Miramar Rangers 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 28 2016 I have never made any secret of the fact that I have a soft spot for Birkenhead United. But today, without wanting to go too mushy on you, I’m ready to declare my undying love. Allow me to […]

Which Wai Wins?

Waitakere City 3, Waitemata 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, July 16 2016 I’ve seen a Clint Eastwood internet meme posted many times on Facebook over the past week. The message one takes from it is essentially that any adult male who plays “that Pokémon shit” needs to hand in his […]