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The time has come to once again refresh the ITBOTN links page. Every year or two it’s necessary to go through it and do a bit of weeding, pulling out broken links to once great blogs that have sadly ceased to exist, thus allowing space for new shoots to flourish. […]

All’s Welly that ends Welly

New Zealand 2, Fiji 0 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, March 28 2017 [Special thanks to Cameron McIntosh (Photomac) for supplying all photos of this game.] My employer sends me to Wellington at least four or five times a year and, as a general rule, these trips seem specially formulated to occur […]

Stream & Steam

In other parts of the footballing world, Sky are vilified. Their involvement in football is seen by supporters as a corrupting influence, shifting kickoff times and fixtures to suit the global audience and relentlessly hyping the endless clashes of top-flight teams while only occasionally looking beyond them. Mitchell & Webb […]

The main before the entree

New Zealand A 2, Thailand 0 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, December 17 2016 The New Zealand national women’s ‘A’ team played a friendly against world number 32 ranked Thailand ahead of the Wellington Phoenix vs Western Sydney Wanderers A-League fixture at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday. Some may have called […]

Guest Post – Who are ya?

By Andrew French So, why am I putting this out into the digital ether? Well,  I suspect the Phoenix are entering a seminal moment in their brief history. To some, this may seem a strange thing to say in light of the certainty of the newly secured 10 year (4+3+3) […]

Up the Waiheke!

Waiheke United 5, Norwest United 1 Onetangi Sports Park, Waiheke Island, September 10 2016 This is a short post to congratulate Waiheke United, who overcame Glen Eden yesterday to be crowned AFF/NFF Conference champions and with that, were automatically promoted to NRFL Division 2 for next year. If you don’t […]