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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 […]

Five of the most inaccessible

You thought I’d forgotten about this, didn’t you? I hadn’t. I was just slowly taking my time to recover from the wrath of the Wellingtonians who accused me of not mentioning [insert random miserable enclave of their city here] when I did the five most windblown a few months ago. […]

Club World Cup: Bloody Bambi

A year ago, normal service was resumed in the game against serial bus-parkers Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Auckland City went to Japan and were beaten without scoring, a tradition established in our first appearance there in 2006. If last year saw a much changed team from the heroics of 2014, this year […]