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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 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 […]

A day in the life…

…of a football fan whose team is about to face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League. 12.01am: Ten times champions of Europe. TEN TIMES! 1:12am: What will they do to us? The mind boggles… 2:06am: Our record against big clubs in the recent past is […]

The Twitteristi

I’m a slow adopter of social media, but once I get going I tend to get a tiny bit carried away. It took me a long time to get the point of Twitter, but now that I understand its purpose completely and absolutely, I love it like I love cheese […]

Why I’m a fan

WaiBOP United 0, Auckland City 2 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, December 20 2015 [The below was published in the WaiBOP United match day programme today and I’m lazy so I’m also posting it as my piece from the game. There will be a substantial WaiBOP post midweek to make up for […]

Just to clarify…

I have started to find lately, as this blog has continued to grow in its readership, that there has been the odd example of what I suspect might be growing pains. Maybe it’s me. Perhaps I’m getting a bit big for my boots and in need of some trimming down […]

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 […]

Guest Post – Scotland the maybe

By Stephen Coutts SF: ”Yeah, I can’t wait to watch Scotland v Georgia at Hampden tonight – I’m really buzzing for it!” RM: ”Scotland v Georgia…? at Hampden…?” SF: ”Yeah, man, it’s a massive game for us, I really feel we can win this one and open up the group!” […]