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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 […]

Six of the best

My mate Kevin Kevan is a bit of a rough diamond. But very knowledgeable about the beautiful game and a veritable mine of anecdotal football stories. He has given me permission to reprint an article he did for the Wanderers programme recently. Kev says he is only quoting what he […]

Breaking Point

Recently, one of US women’s soccer’s original franchises the Boston Breakers folded, only a few short weeks out from the start of preseason and after the draft had taken place. In 2018, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will be a nine team league. The Breakers’ roster was made part […]

Dream time

Mariya 0, Te Ikaroa 5 (Wahine) Mariya 2, Te Ikaroa 3 (Tāne) McLennan Park, Auckland, January 20 2018 Football isn’t normally a sport that one associates with high Maori participation, and that has simply got to change. For three main reasons that I can think of… High Maori participation is […]

Kick to the Future

Johnny Lightyear dragged his fathers’s arm and said “C’mon Dad we can’t miss kick off!” Father and son surged with with the masses through the body scanners into the stadium. My first live match! thought Johnny. As they took their seats Johnny urged his dad, “Tell me about Future Football? […]

The Virgili Cup

Nerazzurri 5, Golden Barbarians 1 Kahoe Stadium, Kaeo, January 1 2018 It’s billed as ‘the dawn of football’. Kahoe Stadium, situated at the backpackers’ hostel that Stefano Virgili and his wife Lyndsey run, has hosted a four-a-side football tournament every New Year’s Eve for the past 26 years. The evening […]

The Hudson Legacy

When Anthony Hudson departed as the All Whites head coach last year, headed for Colorado and the MLS, much was made over the improvements he had introduced as the senior man in NZ Football. Video analysts, sports scientists and enhanced medical staff were three of the things cited as Hudson successes, […]

Your faves

I’ve told you which games were my ten favourites this year, now it’s time to tell you which ITBOTN posts published in 2017 were your ten favourites – according to the numbers of people who read them. Interestingly this year only four of the top ten are posts that resulted […]