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Phoenix call for show of crowd support

  • Phoenix call for show of crowd support

Wellington Phoenix have turned up the heat on their fans - and themselves - in their fight for A-League survival.

Phoenix general manager David Dome has called on fans to put bums on seats for their next home match against bottom-of-the-table Adelaide United on Friday next week to send a message to Football Federeation Australia that they deserve to be in the league.

"If the fans don't turn up, then it does call into question whether the club survives," Dome said.

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He's hoping for a crowd of at least 10,000.

"That would be a pass mark for us, given this is the biggest challenge that professional football has ever had in this country.

"Ideally we'd love to see something closer to 15,000."

The New Zealand-based club's future has been thrown into doubt with FFA declining its request for a 10-year licence, offering only the option of four years and questioning their value to the league.

Dome has picked a tough match for a public show of support, with Adelaide struggling and the Phoenix set to be without up to six players on duty with the All Whites for their match against Oman in Muscat on November 13.

However the price is right with adult tickets starting at just $NZ10 and children admitted for just $NZ2.

"We are extremely grateful for the huge amount of support for the club, not only from within New Zealand, but from Australia and around the world.

"But at this game we need the support of the public like never before.

"We know we deserve to be in the A-League. Our financial performance, our support and our quality of football all stack up.

"What we're asking of fans and the city is that they show they believe that too."

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