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The monthly kick around

One of the minor ambitions I have for this blog is for it to become a place where people feel comfortable coming, not just to read, but also to engage and debate football issues. Up until now some posts have attracted a handful of comments, which has been nice, but […]

Latina in B!!!

I’ve posted twice on this blog, here and here, about my second favourite team in the world, US Latina Calcio. Latina is a very small football club based in a small Southern Lazio city, South of Rome, near where my father was born. When I was there in 2007, I […]

Three times a charm

Onehunga Mangere United 0, Ngaruawahia United 2 Mangere Domain, Auckland, June 16 2013 I’ve often lamented the poor state of Waikato football on this bandwidth, but not today! Because today, three of the four Northern League clubs from the land of the mighty Waikato entered the last 32 of the […]

He’s an odd Balo and he’s OK

It’s not always easy being a lefty-liberal football fan. Luckily in New Zealand when I see boorish behaviour associated with sport, I’m usually able to brush it off as ‘rugby culture’ and my conscience is clear. I can sleep soundly, safe in the knowledge that I’m not supporting something that […]

Six points

Manukau City 0, Claudelands Rovers 3 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, June 8 2013 It’s the mid-point in the Northern Regional Football League season, and there’s no better time for a relegation six pointer. Three points adrift at the bottom of division two going into this match, Manukau needed a win […]

Peace in our time!

Albany United 1, Hamilton Wanderers 5 Rosedale Park, Auckland, June 3 2013 This game wasn’t my first Chatham Cup choice this weekend. I was initially intending to take in Air Force vs Glenfield Rovers at Whenuapai Air Base, which seemed like an interesting and different cup experience. I had plenty […]

Guest Post – Bye bye Becks

By Ella Reilly If you were unlucky enough to stick your head into my bedroom when I was a teenager, you would probably have swiftly withdrawn it, a little overwhelmed. Not necessarily at the (careful co-ordinated) clutter, but rather at the plethora of posters featuring the same Englishman. Glance at […]

Scarves on Statues – I Ragazzi della Sud

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] The statue, on the North Island of New Zealand’s rugged West Coast, is part of a circle of four Maori sculptures on the cliff tops above Whaingaroa, or Raglan Harbour. Together, they represent the four points of the compass. North, South, […]