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Finalists

I had one of those Facebook memories pop up on my timeline this morning – it was a year ago today that I was named as a finalist in three categories at last year’s New Zealand Football Media Association awards. A bit has changed in the year that has passed […]

Guest Post – Hard to Beet

By Cordwainer Bull They served us beetroot for the entree at New Zealand Football’s 125th anniversary dinner. It was one of those pretentious haute cuisine dishes, lovingly titivated with colourful garnishes, and seemingly designed as much for photographing as eating. Not that beetroot was ever going to cut it as […]

Getting a Gong

New Zealand Football celebrated its 125th birthday on Wednesday night in the grand tearoom at Auckland’s Heritage Hotel. It was a wonderful evening (apart from the US Election result which I must admit did take the gloss off it very slightly) with great food, fine wine and exceptional company. The […]

I was here first

In November 2009 I purchased the domain name www.in-the-back-of-the.net and began blogging on Google’s Blogspot platform. To the best of my knowledge, at that time, nobody else in the world was using .net in this way. After an initial flurry, like a lot of bloggers do, I ran out of […]

To Simone with love

[This piece was originally published over at Roma Journal, a fan site that will be picking up all my AS Roma related material from now on] “As I arrived at Roma quietly, it’s only right that I leave quietly too.” – Simone Perrotta A Roma legend hung up his boots for […]

If you want a job done properly…

[This post was originally published in the match day programme at Ellerslie AFC vs Manurewa on April 13 2013] Around the world and particularly in the United Kingdom there is an ever growing fad around ‘lower league football’. It appears to me to have kicked off in the mid-nineties with […]