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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 […]

Scarves on Statues – Dame Edna

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] HELLOOOOOOOOO POSSUMS!! Scarves on Statues is BACK but merely for a one time only cameo. I couldn’t help myself. Having been in Melbourne for the past seven days there were so many opportunities to adorn statues with Roma scarves that I […]