Paul Brockie is helping organise a group of Phoenix football supporters from Nelson to travel to the capital for the team’s first home game of the season.
Paul Brockie is helping organise a group of Phoenix football supporters from Nelson to travel to the capital for the team’s first home game of the season.

Nelson fans support Phoenix

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When All White star Jeremy Brockie strides out for his first home game as a Wellington Phoenix player this October the term “home crowd” will be more relevant for him than most.

Jeremy’s dad Paul, along with other Nelson supporters of the Phoenix, have put together a package for Nelson fans to travel to the Phoenix’s first home game this season, which will double as Jeremy’s first game in Wellington as a Phoenix player.

The package will see a mass group of Nelsonians heading to the capital for a Saturday evening game, all sitting in a block and with matching t-shirts. Paul says he hopes to create a real atmosphere and occasion for Nelson fans.

The package will be totally flexible, meaning people can join whatever parts they want without having to pay for the bits they don’t want.

The basic package costs $300.

“We’ve just sort of drafted up something which includes a bus to Picton, ferry, match ticket, accommodation and t-shirt. But people can come and go, for example I’ll be flying over and I’m sure a few others will want to do that as well and some of the other guys are staying with friends instead of our accommodation.”

Paul is also working on other extras including breakfast with some of the Phoenix players the next morning, drink discounts and a visit to the new Sprig & Fern in Wellington.

“We’re working in with Yellow Fever and we will all sit in one area and hopefully get some signs along as well so it will be a real atmosphere of Nelsonians really going for it,” says Paul.

If successful, Paul says they may organise more trips to games throughout the season.

The trip will be on October 6, with kickoff that night at 7.30pm. For more information call Matt Campbell on 021 448 535 or email matt.campbell@travelmanagers.co.nz.