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Red sky at night, OM’s delight

Onehunga Mangere 2, Beachlands Maraetai 0 (OM won 3-1 on aggregate) McLennan Park, Auckland, March 11 2018 Was it the calm before the storm or the storm after the calm? You be the judge. As Cyclone Hola hurtled towards New Zealand’s East Coast at breakneck pace leaving destruction in its […]

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 […]

Almost autumn

Manukau United 1, Birkenhead United 1 Walter Massey Park, Auckland, February 25 2018 I am completely over summer. The weather gods have dished up nothing but stifling heat and oppressive humidity in strict rotation with pouring bloody rain, while the football gods haven’t really done their part either. The men’s […]

A break in the weather

Eastern Suburbs 3, Tasman 0 Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland, February 12 2018 It’s been pouring with rain for a couple of days, the guttering on my house is struggling to cope with the deluge and, that being the case, it’s hard to imagine many suburban football grounds faring any better. […]

Where were you when we were shit?

Hamilton Wanderers 0, Auckland City 1 Links Avenue, Mount Maunganui, January 28 2018 There was only one national league football game on offer within reasonable driving distance of my Auckland home on Auckland Anniversary Weekend – and even that necessitated a 450km road trip to the Bay of Plenty. Not […]

Fraternising with the enemy

Waitakere United 1, Canterbury United Dragons 1 Trusts Stadium, Auckland, January 14 2017 This was my third men’s national league football game since the 2017/18 season began, and it was also my third Waitakere United game of the summer. Is it time to admit I’ve got a problem? They say […]

Get plover it

Auckland City 2, Waitakere United 2 Kiwitea Street, Auckland, January 7 2018 Yesterday I picked the official football calendar back up again where I had left it before Christmas, at Kiwitea Street, where precious little seemed to have changed in the past two weeks. Despite my giving groundsman Tom a […]

New year, new décor

I apologise if you’ve heard most of this before. I’ll make it mercifully brief this year. It has become an annual, (some might say anal) tradition of mine to change up the décor of this blog on New Year’s Day every year and today is no exception. This used to […]

Your faves

I’ve told you which games were my ten favourites this year, now it’s time to tell you which ITBOTN posts published in 2017 were your ten favourites – according to the numbers of people who read them. Interestingly this year only four of the top ten are posts that resulted […]

My faves

On Sunday Andrew Voerman, who is New Zealand’s premier football writer in my opinion, tweeted his top ten favourite games he’s seen live this year. They say that good writers borrow from other writers and great writers steal from them outright – it’s in that spirit that I thought I’d […]