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2016 wasn’t a great year in a lot of ways – what with all the much loved famous folks who died not to mention Brexit, Trump, Syria, and the like. But it has been a vintage year for ITBOTN. Way back when I first started this thing I said that […]

A pat on the back

As a general rule I think self-congratulatory blog posts masquerading as ‘thank you dear readers, I do it all for you’ type nonsense tends towards the rather naff. Which is why I very seldom do such things. But one little indulgence can’t hurt, can it? It should come as little […]

Referees – Thanks three hundred!

A couple of weeks ago, in-the-back-of-the.net got its 300,000th page view! That’s a milestone that demands celebration. How do we celebrate around here? If precedent is anything to go by, I celebrate by paying homage to some of the game’s least celebrated yet essential elements – referees! I marked the […]

There’s only one Hannah Reid?

Did the little old local New Zealand football scene have an international recording artist in our midst last winter? A few weeks ago I started noticing a growing anomaly in the blog stats. Over the space of the past couple of months, one photograph has attracted more page views than […]