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I was here first

In November 2009 I purchased the domain name www.in-the-back-of-the.net and began blogging on Google’s Blogspot platform. To the best of my knowledge, at that time, nobody else in the world was using .net in this way. After an initial flurry, like a lot of bloggers do, I ran out of […]

Bugger

Bay Olympic 2, Birkenhead United 2 Olympic Park, Auckland, August 31 2013 My coverage of the 2013 New Zealand Northern Premier League started on March 2, at Crum Park Titirangi, with two clubs – Bay Olympic, and Birkenhead – and so it concludes, almost six months later to the day. […]

Q and A

Roma Journal, a blog run by and for English speaking Romanisti around the world, kicked off its coverage of season 2013/14 last weekend with a Q and A session with many of its contributors, of which I’m one. I thought it was a really useful innovation. What I enjoyed most […]

Two Rovers, one cup

Claudelands Rovers 0, Glenfield Rovers 4 Galloway Park, Hamilton, August 25 2013 It was the battle of the two Rovers in today’s semi-final of the New Zealand Women’s Knockout Cup. For the victor, a date with Christchurch club Coastal Spirit in the final. For the vanquished, season over, so long […]

Banana skins and Koru Lounges

Birkenhead United 0, East Coast Bays 1 Shepherd’s Park, Auckland, August 24 2013 I was depressed after this game, but I didn’t really understand why in the immediate aftermath. It wasn’t because I’m a Birkenhead fan – I’m not. Nor was it because I had particularly wanted to see Birkenhead […]

Party poopers

Bohemian Celtic 3, Waitemata AFC 1 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, August 17 2013 The theory: If I play my cards right, I can time my football viewing over the next few weeks so that I can cover all the victory celebrations and trophy presentations in all the various divisions of […]

Guest Post – The all-WaiBOP XI

By Niall Anderson The Northern League season is winding down, with the majority of sides desperately fighting for either promotion, or to avoid relegation. However, more is at stake for several players in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region. Thanks to the football season being endless, our national competition – the […]

Often licked, never beaten…

Waiuku 6, Fencibles 0 Massey Park, Waiuku, August 10 2013 Yesterday, yet another woefully neglected place was ticked off my list of Northern League grounds I haven’t yet been to for a game. Once again, shame on me. The Franklin District town of Waiuku is a lovely country place, despite […]