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Don’t leave me this way

Northern Based Under 17s 2, Waikato Bay of Plenty 1 St Peter’s College, Auckland, November 18 2012 At the halfway point in the group stage of the National Women’s League going into this weekend’s fixtures, the Northern conference was delicately poised. This unexpected result has kept it that way. In […]

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In my supreme benevolence I’ve made a Facebook page for www.in-the-back-of-the.net I thought it might be nice for people to have links to my posts pop up on their news feeds as I post them… I also plan to make a habit of collating my photos there and I might […]

Porridge

Team Wellington 0, Canterbury United 1 Wellington Phoenix 0, Central Coast Mariners 1 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, November 11 2012 Luckily I didn’t fly all the way down to Wellington solely for these two football games. I came for a work trip that happily coincided with last weekend’s big Wellington double […]

Getting shirty

Exciting young Roma striker Mattia Destro played quite a seven minute cameo in Roma’s 4-1 (yes, that’s right, 4-1) victory over Palermo this morning our time. He came on as a substitute for Francesco Totti in the 73rd minute before proceeding to pick up a dodgy yellow card in the […]

Managing expectations

Are Romanisti the most fickle fans in football? Probably not but sometimes it truly feels like it. We win a game, we’re the best in Europe and the scudetto is a mere formality. The minute we lose the club sucks, the players all suck and the manager has got to […]

Two for the price of one

Waitakere United 2, Auckland City 1 Northern 3, Waikato Bay of Plenty 1 Fred Taylor Park, Auckland, October 28 2012 There’s a first time for everything. I have never had to pay to get into domestic women’s football before, but at today’s National Women’s League match between Northern and Waikato […]

It’s good to be back

Auckland Football Federation 2, Northern Based Under 17s 0 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, October 27 2012 French philosopher Albert Camus once said that “time is an awkward inconvenience between football matches” and we all know what he meant. It’s been an eternity since the last non-international Auckland game I attended on […]

Looking for love in all the wrong places

There’s no choice. If you live in New Zealand and you want a steady high quality diet of the world’s favourite game on television, it’s the English Premier League or nothing. Given the only real alternative is to go without completely, I have tried endlessly to get truly passionate about […]