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Soul food

Kaitaia United 1, Mangawhai 1 Taipa Area School, Taipa, July 21 2018 Football is like food in a lot of ways. You need it to live, the more you consume the better you feel (up to a point) and sometimes the more lowly you go the better it can be. […]

A glass half full

[This piece first appeared in the Hamilton Wanderers match day programme ‘Sidelined’ on the 24th of February 2018] New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a football fan. Trust me, it is. Yet crowds at our national league games continue to be insanely low. Why? In […]

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 […]