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Gianni Be Good

We’re approaching the end of the national league season and, unsurprisingly, the Weenix are propping up the foot of the table. But there’s plenty of talent in the squad – including the latest youngster to get called up to the senior A League side.

Throwback Thursday: Video Kingz

Professional football in New Zealand will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019 which, despite the relative fragility of the status of the Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League, is no mean achievement. We’ve looked at the Football Kingz before, particularly the promo adverts which could not be any more turn of […]

The gumboots, the swandris and the Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix 3, Central Coast Mariners 0 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, December 10 2016 Unlike my abysmal record watching Waikato teams live, my record at Phoenix games is quite good. I very rarely see them lose. So my presence on the sidelines, as New Zealand’s only professional football team played their […]

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) […]

Throwback Thursday: Phoenix Fightback

Disappointing is one word you could use to describe the New Zealand contribution to the first two years of the A League. The ill-fated Knights had finished rock bottom twice, with attendances dropping into three figures at times. Their license to compete was eventually rescinded by the FFA in January […]


I was four when ninety six football supporters left their houses for a semi-final and didn’t return home again. I wasn’t yet a supporter, the game hadn’t sunk itself into me at that point. But even as I grew up, blinking in the light of the Premier League’s blinding self-promotion, […]

Around the Forums – Dark times

There is a theory that football clubs are families and that football lovers the world over are one gigantic family. Not always a happy family – there are in-laws and outlaws – but a family none the less. And an injury to one is an injury to all. If that’s true, the death of a football club is a death in the family – and whatever kind of family you are in, we all know it’s the hard times that bring us together.

Spontaneous combustion

Wellington Phoenix 0, Melbourne City 2 Westpac Stadium, Wellington, May 3 2015 Obviously that was suboptimal. At one end of the scale of importance was my own disappointment. I only tend to see the Phoenix play at the Cake Tin once per year. For that occasion in season 2014/15 to […]