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It’s the halfway stage of both the National Women’s League and ITBOTN’s inaugural foray into podcasting – The Return Fixture! This is a great milestone – chiefly because in every other year that has gone before, this would mark the end of the competition. That we still have a second […]

VAR: A referee’s perspective

There’s not much that unites football fans apart from our love of the game. We come from diverse ethnic, religious and political backgrounds. We eat different foods, speak different languages, and most importantly of all we support different teams. That’s what keeps the game going. Because if we all held […]

An interview with Aaron Scott

When Aaron Scott celebrated his 200th appearance for Melville United, at home against Bay Olympic last season, Chairman Bruce Holloway wrote in the match day programme that “for Melville he has been the ultimate role model. For many years his thicker team mates thought his name was Aaron Manofthematch, so […]

Are you serious?

“I made my debut for Waikato FC with them both. I remember my first touch in the National League was a throw-in to Mayney and he just told me “are you serious?” and he hoofed it back out and just stared at me!” – Aaron Scott Prowling the sidelines in […]

An interview with Neil Emblen

As anyone who’s anyone already knows, the Northern League gets underway again in two short weeks! This pleases me very much, as I am sure it does you too if you are a person of class and taste. To celebrate, as has become my custom, I have selected a prominent […]

An interview with Bill Tuiloma

Today, the opportunity presented itself to head down to the Birkenhead United clubrooms and interview Bill Tuiloma, currently back in the country for a short time during the Christmas break from his French Ligue 1 club Olympique de Marseille. He was paying his old club a visit to say hi […]