What’s in a name #1

by noizyboy on March 22, 2007

So, perhaps the most drawn out sports decision ever to be made by an Australasian sporting body has finally been confirmed, and a Wellington bid has won the right field a team in Australia’s A-League soccer competition.

Now all they need is a name (oh, and some players, and a home ground, but let’s not mention that).

So, what do we think. What’s a good name for our local professional football team. The guys over at the A-League discussion forums have come up with some suggestions…

  • Wellington Wizards
  • Wellington Wonders
  • Wellington Wanderers

…but, you know, that whole sports team alliteration thing is a bit passe. There’s some support for just continuing the Knights (noooo!), and, likewise, for a good old fashioned appendage like United, FC, or City. Today’s DomPost had these suggestions…

  • Wellington Thunder
  • Wellington Fever
  • Wellington Hornets
  • Wellington Blast

…of which Hornets doesn’t ring too bad, although, do we have hornets in Wellington? Surely the Wellington Killer Bees would be more appropriate? And despite the enthusiasm of the supporters on the back page of the DomPost today, I don’t think ‘Fever’ is the best idea in the world – the rich potential for headline puns when things go horribly wrong is just too much to consider.

Any other thoughts?

noizyboy March 29, 2007 at 11:56 am

long blacks at the back, short blacks up front.

just like the brazilian football team.

Joe March 27, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Wellington City!

noizyboy March 27, 2007 at 3:45 pm


Anonymous March 27, 2007 at 1:41 pm

Isn’t it obvious?

The “Wellington Boots”.

tintin1989 March 27, 2007 at 2:18 pm

I like Wellington Phoenix- the bid really did rise from the ashes!

Or New Zealand Peasants, get it Kinz to Knights to Peasants.

Or in the style of Melbourne Victory, how about Wellingon Losers. (not that I am lacking confidnce in the team’s ability to win games or anything.)

ange wither March 26, 2007 at 3:20 pm


ooh, just saw Alan said Southerlies, gets my vote. Southerlies prevail!

www.talkaleague.com March 26, 2007 at 8:38 am

Thanks for your mention of us 😉

If the rumour is correct that we are called ‘The Bees’ I will be very, very dissapointment. I can see the link with the beehive but its not a name that strikes fear, and in my opinon puts the franchise on the back foot already.

Who wouldd you like to play, Queensland ROAR or Wellington BEES.

If its FC Wellington with the nickname the Bees, that will be a lot better.


Anonymous March 22, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Was thinking that maybe Underdogs was has something about it…?

Doesn’t look so bad in a headline.

Underdogs win.
Underdogs win league
Underdogs lose again.

I’ll be quiet now….

noizyboy March 22, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Go local, thus, black uniforms, and hence…

Wellington Black.

Team slogan….

None More Black.

Alan March 22, 2007 at 1:04 pm


“Southerlies blow out opposition”

“Southerlies chill Melbourne”

etc etc

che tibby March 22, 2007 at 4:54 pm

heh. “frosties whip out of the hat for a win”!

Hadyn March 22, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Hmmmm, well there was the BlackCocks last year…maybe the BlackBalls?

che tibby March 22, 2007 at 1:47 pm


“frost descends on sydney”
“frost all over the pitch”

noizyboy March 22, 2007 at 2:00 pm
Joanna March 24, 2007 at 12:04 am

Long blacks? Short blacks?

Darren March 23, 2007 at 4:25 pm

I like –

Wellington WhiteSOX.

However I did just find out thats the name of the softball team

noizyboy March 23, 2007 at 7:11 pm

nice. much more sensible.

Jimmy March 22, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Wellington Black sounds a bit weird, so take a leaf from Red Star Belgrade, and go Black Star Wellington FTW!

nellie March 29, 2007 at 10:32 am

i love the wellington boots! that is so wry. even if they do wear soccer shoes, not boots – they boot the ball around, & stuff. so there. guess it’s too late huh?!

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