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Proud Zio

I wasn’t going to post about watching my twin nephews Tomi and Leo play this morning, but then I decided that the photos are too good not to share. So here’s a brief few words on the topic of being a football uncle. It’s a bit ridiculous really, but this […]

Chewing on the Hud

So today, in a thoroughly unsurprising development, New Zealand Football announced that Anthony Hudson’s tenure as All Whites coach is over. It was always going to be thus, one feels. He’s an ambitious guy. We were always a stepping stone to something else. And for a man who so carefully […]

Are you serious?

“I made my debut for Waikato FC with them both. I remember my first touch in the National League was a throw-in to Mayney and he just told me “are you serious?” and he hoofed it back out and just stared at me!” – Aaron Scott Prowling the sidelines in […]

Kevin Fallon – Backing The Game

It’s mid-March and the Northern Region Football League kicks off in just under a weeks time. ITBOTN was invited, by club captain Hone Fowler, to take in Lotto NRFL Division Two Manukau City AFC’s final pre-season game against last years Chatham Cup semi-finalists and NRFL Premier League side Birkenhead United. […]

Eric Steele

I always know that when Danny Robinson is keeping goal in a game I’m covering, when I’m standing at his end I can expect a friendly greeting as he jogs to his goal. And I always want to stand at the end at which he is keeping. Why? Because if […]

Guest Post – Good on you Anthony Hudson

By Wilson Hawes There has been a tidal wave of comment from both within and outside the football world on Anthony Hudson’s recent statements about the preparedness of NZ footballers, mentally, for the rigors of top-flight football. There has been a wide range of opinion expressed both supporting and disagreeing […]

Soccer Italian Style

It was a hideous day in Auckland today. Cold and wet and, as if those two things weren’t enough, there were occasional claps of lightning followed by bellows of thunder. But out at Bill McKinlay Park in Panmure stood two guys who, despite living in a country where it’s the […]

An interview with Neil Emblen

As anyone who’s anyone already knows, the Northern League gets underway again in two short weeks! This pleases me very much, as I am sure it does you too if you are a person of class and taste. To celebrate, as has become my custom, I have selected a prominent […]