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Winter 2017

With cup finals day looming large this coming Sunday, the time has come to sadly accept that another winter of football is almost at an end. To mark this solemn occasion, I have compiled a collection of the eighteen images that I feel best sum up this, the seventh grassroots […]

Guest Post! *clap clap clap*

By Daphne Lawless New Zealanders, in general, do not seem to “get” active football support as it exists in other countries. Neither the British version (standing and chanting) or the European/South American version (banners, tifos, flares) have historicaly been part of our culture. A Kiwi sports fan is supposed to […]

Er Pupone

Francesco Totti played his last game for Roma some weeks ago now, and despite the incredible occasion sparking emotion all over the world from friends and foes alike, I haven’t really reacted much online yet. I have been meaning to blog on it for a while, but a combination of […]

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 […]

Enzo’s Rant – Summer or Winter?

[I was honoured when, a couple of months ago, Eastern Suburbs asked me to contribute a regular match day programme column for the duration of their first season back in the national league football fray. My brief was to be “slightly controversial or provocative”. This was music to my ears! I have […]

Cuppy McCupface

Round one of the Chatham Cup is coming up fast – it’s two weeks away to be precise – and after the draw was made last week, a few fans on Twitter had an idea… What if we picked a nice fun fixture, somewhere between Auckland and Wellington, to have […]

Italy’s Euro 2016

With the Northern Hemisphere football season almost at an end, attention soon shifts from club to country and Euro 2016. I do like it when this happens. I’ve said it before, but my favourite part is the different alliances that form. All the people I’m used to enjoying Roma with […]

International stardom

Just a very quick post to draw readers’ attention to a couple of interviews with members of the in-the-back-of-the.net family who one might refer to, in a technical sense, as ‘media sluts’… Firstly, regular ITBOTN guest poster Rod de Lisle was recently interviewed by another ITBOTN regular guest poster, Bruce […]

Guest Post – A letter to Rob

By Rod de Lisle To Rob Ferguson. (Ex Auckland University AFC and Forrest Hill Milford Utd stalwart). Hi Rob, Do you remember us watching black and white footie on your telly when we were 13? The mid-seventies in a Tokoroa winter when we picked a couple of average English football teams to […]