About us

Our history

In 2007, professional football in New Zealand was rescued when Wellington property developer Terry Serepisos and Century City Football secured a three-year sub-licence to run a team in the Hyundai A-League – Australasia’s premier professional football competition. After the Football Kingz (2005/06) and the New Zealand Knights (2006/07) imploded, it looked certain that Football Federation Australia would pull the pin on a professional New Zealand-based club in the Hyundai A-League. But a small group of people passionate about football in New Zealand kept hopes alive, working tirelessly to convince the FFA that a professional club could survive across the ditch. The Phoenix were awarded a license to play in the Hyundai A-League on 19th March, 2007 and on Sunday 26th August, 2007, Wellington’s first ever professional football teamed took to Westpac Stadium in a credible 2-2 draw with A-League powerhouse the Melbourne Victory.

Since then the Phoenix has gone from strength to strength: 500,000 people have gone through the gates to watch a Wellington Phoenix A-League match, the Phoenix has broken records for attendances at a football match in New Zealand twice with sell out crowds for the LA Galaxy and David Beckham in 2007, and again in the finals playoffs against the Newcastle Jets in 2010. The Phoenix has appeared in the A-League playoffs two seasons in a row.

In September 2011, the Phoenix was taken over by Welnix, a consortium of some of Wellington's most successful and influential businessmen. With business acumen and professional intergrity unparallelled in New Zealand business, this consortium has secured the future of the Phoenix for many years to come.

Today the Wellington Phoenix is an important and integral part of New Zealand’s sporting landscape, enjoying passionate support from all over New Zealand and the world. With a strong suite of corporate sponsors, a passionate supporter base and the support of the Wellington community in general, the Wellington Phoenix’s future looks bright.

Staff members

General Manager: David Dome
Executive Assistant: Lynsey Greenacre
Head Coach: Ernie Merrick
Assistant Coach: Chris Greenacre
Goal Keeping Coach: Jonathan Gould
High Performance Manager: Ed Baranowksi
Physiotherapist: Rob Lee
Strength and Conditioning: Lee Spence
Football Operations Manager: Shaun Gill
Head of Marketing: Kyla Lange
Head of Commercial Operations: Thomas Ben
Events and Ticketing Manager: Lizzie Cummings
Community Development Officer: Rachel Martelli
Match Operations Assistant: John Schmitt
Media Manager: Russell Gray