10 Distance Derby facts

Perth Glory will be after retribution when they host Wellington Phoenix at nib Stadium this week. Not only did the Glory concede two quick goals to lose to Newcastle last week, the Phoenix hammered them 5-2 earlier this season. This is the 34th edition of the Distance Derby and with both sides in need of a victory let’s take a look at 10 stats about the rivalry.

  • Perth have won 14 of the 33 Distance Derbies. Wellington have won 13 and six have ended in a draw
  • Wellington however have scored 46 goals to 43
  • Roy Krishna is the leading goal scorer in this fixture with six goals. Shane Smeltz is behind with five and his is also the only player to score for both teams
  • 10 players have played for both Wellington and Perth, most notably Smeltz, Danny Vukovic, and current Glory glovesman Liam Reddy
  • The two cities are separated by 5,255 kms which is one of the longest distances between two clubs in world football
  • These fixture has been played at five different venues in four different cities (Wellington, Perth, Christchurch, and Auckland)
  • The Phoenix have only won three of the past 10 matches at nib Stadium
  • Kenny Lowe has won six of the 11 matches he has managed against Wellington
  • Darije Kalezic’s only win in the A-League came in Round 6 this season when the Phoenix defeated Perth 5-2
  • Ruben Zadkovich received the fastest red card in A-League history in a 2014-15 edition of the clash. He was introduced to the match after 63 minutes and was sent off 17 seconds later

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