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Women’s football: a kōrero

A Boxing Day football match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, 1920, drew a crowd of 53,000. Another 14,000 were turned away at the gate. This wasn’t a Merseyside derby featuring Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney’s 1920s counterparts, however. It was Dick, Kerr’s Ladies playing St Helen’s Ladies. A women’s football match. […]

1,000

This is the 1,000th post published on In the back of the net.* When I realised that this milestone was coming up, I thought long and hard about how we should mark it. Should we make up a greatest hits post, highlighting the five or ten best or most read […]

High fashion

As you will know, assuming you’ve been paying close attention, in the back of the net has recently had a rebrand courtesy of the amazing work of football graphic designer Sam Jenkins. As part of his concept plan Sam also designed us custom football shirts, the designs for which you […]

Like a bought one

The sharp eyed amongst you will have probably noticed by now that there has been a small adjustment to the decor around here. I usually roll out aesthetic changes to the site on New Year’s Day each year, but this one was a bit too exciting to sit on for […]

Evolution

It’s 2017! Just on the off chance you hadn’t already managed to deduce that fact… It’s somewhat traditional for me to welcome in any new year with a rather dry and boring outline of my blogging plans for the year ahead, as well as ushering in a new look for […]

Sport Is For Everyone?

When New Zealand Rugby, New Zealand Football, New Zealand Cricket, New Zealand Rugby League, Netball New Zealand and Hockey New Zealand came together at the end of May this year to create #SportIsForEveryone, I cheered. The statement they signed up to included these notable sections, “The respective sporting organisations recognise […]

The history of headers

Buon anno and welcome to 2016! And with that, it’s time to continue my annual tradition of ushering in the New Year by changing up the design of this website. This used to mean that I changed the whole layout to a completely different WordPress theme, but for the past couple […]

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Hopefully you have noticed lately that I am not the only one talking rubbish around here anymore! Much to my delight John Palethorpe, a well-respected and established political blogger on his own Shinbone Star website, has generously agreed to come aboard and indulge his football passion on in-the-back-of-the.net. He started […]