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Phoenix vs Glory: Yellow Fever spreading

Jan 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

Phoenix_main2EXPECTATIONS are high for Wellington Phoenix’s sudden-death semi-final against Perth Glory on Sunday night.

Mike Greene of Phoenix supporters’ club Yellow Fever says members are “highly hyped” about the game, the first in what could be a four-match road to A-League victory.

Home fans are hoping history will be on their side come Sunday. Perth have never before made it to the playoffs and are yet to post a win on this side of the Tasman.

The Glory’s long journey to the game – an eight hour flight, including an overnight stopover – may also count in Wellington’s favour.

Karin Brauns, who manages the Wellington Phoenix FC store, says business has steadily improved as the team progressed up the league table.

November’s thrilling World Cup qualifier also drew in a lot of new football fans, she says.

The shop regularly sells out of Phoenix shirts, including the top-selling “Wellington Forever” supporters’ tee, and will be bringing in extra staff to man its two Westpac Stadium merchandise stands.

More than 14,000 tickets have already been sold for the match. Club spokesman John Mitchell says he expects the crowd on the night to top 20,000.

The average crowd for the season is around 7000.

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