Teegan Walsh, Brisbane Roar fan who wants to help “Save the Nix”

Ella Jeynes

You could say she’s one of football’s biggest fans but Brisbane Roar supporter, Teegan Walsh, represents everything that’s great about the sport. Teegan’s support for her adopted “second’ team has injected over $1,000 into the #savethenix campaign organised by Matt Weldon-Smith.

Like many A League supporters, Teegan was shocked at the announcement in late 2015 that the FFA refused to grant the Wellington Phoenix a 10 year licence extension.

“My ‘Nix friends were very upset, and had a valid reason. Having been through a rough patch with Brisbane, I knew how it felt. Uncertainty isn’t something you want to experience as a supporter,” said Teegan.

During her trip to New Zealand Teegan met Matt, Football Fans Downunder’s supporter of the year recipient and the creator of the Fever Dreams organisation.

Fever Dreams is an organisation that raises money to buy memberships and game tickets for sick kids. Teegan, having seen their #savethenix campaign knew that she needed to make a statement to the A-League and the FFA.

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Teegan at the recent Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar A-League match.

“The idea of a scarf came up after watching a ‘Nix game at the pub with a few Brisbane supporters. I told them about the idea of making a scarf with #savethenix on it as a souvenir and a sign of the friendship between Brisbane and Wellington. We came up with a small design with the help of Wellington supporters and put the idea out there to the football community. I was happy with just thirty people buying a scarf, as at first it wasn’t for profit. But due to the outstanding support, we sold ninety scarves, making a $1100 profit for the campaign.”

When asked why she put so much time and effort into saving a team, Teegan said it was her love of football. “Wellington supporters are the most welcoming in the League. When you play the Phoenix all the supporters go back to the one pub and celebrate either a win, loss or draw together. That is what football is about! Football is not about fights or politics. We are a community, the football community and one that supports each other.” concluded Teegan.

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