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The football balcony

(With apologies to Vic Mizzy, composer of the original Addams Family theme tune) The patrons are all witty The view is always pretty It’s structurally iffy The football balcony The offside calls are correct From every viewing aspect No oculary defects On the football balcony (Cheers) (Jeers) (Cheap beers) If […]

Ten snapshots of NRFL 2016

I can’t believe it’s August already. Where does the winter disappear to? It seems like about fifteen minutes ago that I was attending my first NRFL game of the year, yet last weekend saw me photograph the first of the four trophy presentations that herald the end of the competitive […]

Don’t kick the ball

Fencibles United 0, Glenfield Rovers 15 Riverhills Park, Auckland, June 1 2015 Ok, ok, that’s enough glitz and glamour for one weekend! It’s time to come back down to earth and the gritty reality of life in the New Zealand football scene. Where the grass isn’t always green, the sun […]

I Love This Club – Papakura City

[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]

I Love This Club – Fencibles United

[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]

I Love This Club – Matamata Swifts

[Welcome to ‘I Love This Club’, a series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick, through sharing their stories about why they love their clubs. If you would like to contribute to this series by writing about your special club, please e-mail me […]

I Love This Club – Waiheke United

[Welcome to the first post in ‘I Love This Club’, a new series of guest posts on in-the-back-of-the.net exploring what makes grassroots New Zealand football people tick. Over the coming weeks and months, players, volunteers, coaches, chairpeople, secretaries, others, and all of the above, will write about what makes their […]

Manukau City AFC needs you!

On Saturday I blogged about Manukau City AFC’s amazing come from behind penalty shootout upset of first division Papatoetoe in the Chatham Cup. Manukau City is a club that has had to overcome significant adversity this season and back over the years to get where they are today. This is […]

WHO ARE YA?

Bay Olympic 1, Metro FC 5 Crum Park, Auckland, May 5 2012 This is not a blog post about football at the highest level in New Zealand. It’s about much bigger heroes than you’ll find there. This is about people who purely and simply love football. People who have given […]