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The seven goals of Rovers

Glenfield Rovers 7, Papakura 0 McFetridge Park, Auckland, April 15 2018 I’ve had an interesting ten days. Last Friday our hot water cylinder burst, leaving us without warm showers until Tuesday night when it had finally been replaced with a shiny new model. On Tuesday night our power went out […]

Roma Club Aotearoa

Being a huge fan of a European football club on the opposite side of the planet can feel pretty special sometimes, but it can also feel lonely and isolated. It’s nice to think you’re one of a kind, that you get your team all to yourself – almost like they […]

Roma eterna

AS Roma 4, Viktoria Plzeň 1 Stadio Olimpico, Rome, November 25 2016 (NZST) It’s been a while since the last time I wrote about my first love. It’s not because I don’t love Roma anymore – quite the contrary. And it’s not because I’m not watching them play at the […]

I’m a bad person

I haven’t been a very good Roma fan lately. As a paid union official, as a matter of principle I generally don’t call for coaches to be sacked. I believe that they are workers too, just like me and just like the members who I’m paid to represent. Just like […]

Ten things I love about Flo

If you’re a football fan and you don’t follow Serie A, the chances are that today you discovered a player you had never heard of before – Alessandro Florenzi. I make that generalisation based on the fact that I don’t think even the BT Sports commentators had heard of him! […]

The circus is in town

“A scudetto at Roma is worth 10 at Milan or Juventus” – Fabio Capello 2001 – the last time Roma won Serie A… This is what it looks like when a million people gather in the Circus Maximus on the best day of their lives: Will we finally see this […]

Portrait of a deluded Roma fan

AS Roma 2, Manchester City 2 (Manchester City won 5-4 on penalties) Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, July 21 2015 Australia may be our closest neighbour, and Australians might be similar to us in so many ways that a trip across the ditch might not seem particularly exotic, but even still […]