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Wellington Phoenix owner Serepisos reflects as 100th game approaches

Wellington Phoenix will run out for their 100th game in the A-League when they face Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Saturday night.

The New Zealand club have experienced a successful four years in Australia's domestic competition, playing finals to a packed house and attracting David Beckham and the LA Galaxy along the way, and owner Terry Serepisos has reflected on some of the moments he hopes to build on.

"Those were fantastic experiences," Serepisos said. "Now I want to build on it.

"I want the club to win the competition, next season if not this, and my other ambition is to bring an English Premier League side to Westpac Stadium.

"It is definitely possible if we work with clubs such as Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC to keep the costs down.

"From the start I said I was in it for the long haul and I have always believed in what we were doing.

"Wellington is like a miniature Melbourne in that people love their sport and the majority got behind what we were trying to create."

And Serepisos was so proud of the fact the his club had now become a part of New Zealand's sporting landscape.

"I think we should all be proud of how far the club has come. I always said the Phoenix wasn't just my team. It belongs to New Zealand football lovers, and especially Wellingtonians," he added.

"The fans have played a major part in the way the club has grown. Whatever the size of the crowd those fans - the Yellow Fever in particular - have created a fantastic atmosphere for our home games."

Andrew Slevison
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