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Get a grip

The secret formula to getting local football covered by the mainstream media seems to have been unearthed.  In recent days the NRFL has made headlines for the wrong reasons – those being two fights, one in South Auckland and one on the North Shore. At least the diverse locations show […]

The real deal

North Shore 0, Melville 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, March 30 2018 After last week’s stuttering start to my official winter season, it felt great to be getting into it properly yesterday and even more so to be doing it at Allen Hill. Some of my best childhood football memories […]

North

North Shore 2, Western Springs 1 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, July 1 2017 It may be right up there with my favourite venues in Auckland to watch football at, but will I ever take a decent photo at Allen Hill Stadium? I’m beginning to think not. The place can’t get […]

Paradise lost

North Shore United 1, Mount Albert Ponsonby 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, July 23 2016 There are relegation six pointers and there are promotion six pointers – this was certainly the latter. With Waitakere’s ascension back into the top echelons of the Northern League all but assured, the race is […]

The case for North Shore City

By Steve Browning The thing that’s struck me since we went public with our North Shore City bid is the speed and sincerity of the support that’s swung in behind our vision of bringing national league football back to the North Shore. Naturally, those who remember the national league exploits of […]

Bend it like Mulligan

Forrest Hill Milford 2, North Shore United 1 Becroft Park, Auckland, August 22 2015 If you’re going to win a league you might as well do it with some style I would have thought. I’m just guessing. Teams I support don’t tend to win leagues very often. But I imagine […]

Guest Post – Cup catch-up: Part 1

North Shore United 1, Hamilton Wanderers 3 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, June 29 2014 [At the start of Chatham Cup season 2014, I resolved to follow the winner of each tie I attended right through to the final. After attending the preliminary round fixture that saw Bucklands Beach defeat Te […]

My first game redux

Mount Albert Ponsonby 0, North Shore United 2 Anderson Park, Auckland, June 2 1014 Back in 2011 I submitted a piece of writing to the hugely popular United Kingdom based football blog ‘The Ball is Round’, who were running a series entitled ‘My first game’. They duly published my article […]

The generation game

North Shore United 0, Eastern Suburbs 2 Allen Hill Stadium, Auckland, April 19 2014 I have my older brother Nando to thank for my love of football. When I was a kid he introduced me to it in two ways. The first was through his love of the Italian National […]

I Love This Club – Birkenhead 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 […]