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The Matilda Effect: The New 99ers?

Something is happening across the Tasman. The Australian Women’s National Team (the Matildas), are currently taking Australia, and the rest of the world, by storm. We’re used to women’s football being in the news because of pay disputes, or Hope Solo calling Sweden cowards, or because it’s the United States. […]

Perspective

Enzo has just published his rant on the exorbitant transfer fees we have seen roll in during the current window. He specifically referenced Neymar Jr, who was paid €222,000,000 to move to Paris Saint-Germain, a club which happens to already have a plethora of big-name, big-money players. Enzo also pointed […]

Guest Post – Jeff Coulshed

By Cordwainer Bull Jeff Coulshed was the undisputed godfather of Waikato women’s football and part of the very fabric of the wider game there for over five decades. Coulshed died on July 4, but leaves a legacy of major achievement as both a men’s and women’s coach, while his memory […]

Guest Post – Quality Player Mark

By Cordwainer Bull My club (name irrelevant for the purposes of this blogstering) was recently accredited with New Zealand Football’s Quality Club Mark (QCM), an award designed to identify and support clubs which are well run and promote a positive environment. Meeting the programme’s pre-requisites was a condition of being […]

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, […]

A letter to Gianni

Dear Gianni, A non-exhaustive list of things that are broken and need fixing in world football: Corruption Nepotism Cronyism Patronage Sexism Homophobia Racism Transphobia Sexual abuse The Ballon d’Or voting Simulation Player wages that could feed entire countries Transfer fees that could feed entire continents Abuse of referees Fan violence […]

Top of the pops

2016 wasn’t a great year in a lot of ways – what with all the much loved famous folks who died not to mention Brexit, Trump, Syria, and the like. But it has been a vintage year for ITBOTN. Way back when I first started this thing I said that […]