Football fans flock to city for double-header

Central city buzzing with fans

Last updated 12:42 26/07/2014

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Football fans are pouring into the city, filling Westpac Stadium, as well as pubs and bars around the cdb.

West Ham United and Wellington Phoenix fans have jammed the Green Man pub in Wellington CBD at midday just hours before the two teams kick-off against foes Sydney FC and Newcastle United.

An energised crowd, some who could be the worse for wear when they arrive at Westpac Stadium, thronged the pub buoyed by choruses of football chants and terrace anthems. 

At the stadium, Wellington Phoenix Yellow Fever fan Patrick Barnes wasn't holding much hope for a phoenix win after his team gave it their all in a stunning 2-1 win over West ham in Auckland on Wednesday.

''I think we've played our big game and I don't think we've got much of a shot but they'll be fired up against Newcastle but will be knackered after playing superbly against West Ham.

''West Ham supporter Dean Wills was one of a block of rowdy supporters right behind the goal when Sydney FC scored inside the first three minutes.

''I'm just out to enjoy myself - it's bloody good entertainment and I'm hoping for a West Ham win.

After the Sydney goal Phoenix supporters fired up at the vanquished West Ham supporters: ''you're so shit it's unbelievable,'' they chanted, to which the West Ham crowd returned ''we are premier league! We are premier league!.''

Wellington Free Ambulance has been attending to a "medical incident", but would not confirm whether it was a heart attack. 

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