Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Phoenix's Future

Neil Morris has released this statement today:

Freezing Point Limited has ceased trading and is now subject to insolvency proceedings pursuant to the Insolvency Act 1986.

As Manchester Phoenix tweeted last night, the future of Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club (MPIHC) is no more in jeopardy today than it was yesterday.

Freezing Point Limited is not MPIHC. As many know, the Phoenix brand has been used under licence by Freezing Point Limited for years. 

Sadly, Freezing Point Limited has been brought to the point of insolvency and cannot continue to trade. I am, by far, the company's biggest creditor. I take, by far, the biggest financial hit in taking this action. 

Nevertheless, Phoenix continues. As English Ice Hockey Association chairman, Ken Taggart said yesterday, "...my gut feeling says we’ll still have ten teams next season."

We have spent a long time now working on securing the new rink and new partners for the Club. 

We have done this against a background of sniping, bad-mouthing and attempts to prevent a new rink being opened in Manchester. 

We have done this whilst not being able to tell our own supporters the details for commercial reasons. We know that it is frustrating for everyone. We are aware of people feeling uncertain. We are only too aware of the deadlines in making sure that we are ready for you in September. 

Please understand this: we will tell you all of the details. We cannot do it right now because it is still being negotiated. It would be crazy for us to be doing all of this work to make this happen, only to fail because we couldn't wait until everything was set in stone. 

Over the last year or so people have made investments of time, money and "bricks" in the future of the Phoenix. The Club will honour that by bringing a strong, sustainable and mostly British team back to the heart of this great city for the 2016/17 season.  

And when we do, you will know that you were right to Keep The Faith.

NM

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Knee of Fate Was On Your Side

And so it was that Phoenix gracefully left the 2016 Playoffs at the quarter-finals stage, after holding Bison to an uncomfortable little lead at WMMP and having half of their team put out of action.

And you know what? The boys done us proud. Hear about it right here. We recorded in a variety of different conditions so apologies for some of the sound quality.

For a Club that started the season playing in a different nation, suffered a series of huge financial setbacks and cruel blows, called on its fanbase to keep it afloat and had injury troubles that took it as low as the minimum number of dressed skaters allowed so as not to forfeit a game..... we did pretty well.

This show covers both "home" and away legs of the Quarter-Finals clash with Bison. It includes many a guest, not least of which, Tony Hand MBE and Fiona Heron (proud mum extraordinaire).

It features the final meeting of the NWRC and an impromptu game in inspired by Keith Floyd (as we needed filler when the Zamboni broke down).

It features the show's final interview with Mags Pullen (until we see her at Swindon or our new place or wherever else she will pop up)!

It's a moderate trek to Coventry so why not stick this on whilst you travel? We bleeped the swear words from Ben, Mags and Tony too!

This year's live shows from Coventry will not be "Phoenix" shows per se. That is simply because we now have so much representation from other clubs that it seemed to us to be a little unfair to call it a Phoenix show. Please note that it is not affiliated to ANY club and is NOT an official product from Phoenix, though we are happy for them and any other club to syndicate it through their media (with credit).

Also, be aware that we try to stop NM swearing but he simply can't help himself!

You can listen on your phone, on the way down. It's easy. Get Spreaker app. Search Spreaker for Phoenix Podcast (as we are using that so that you can find us) or click the link on Facebook or Twitter shortly before the live times.

Saturday's show starts at 1030am.

Sunday starts at 12 noon.

We can neither confirm nor deny that there might be a Late Edition of a some sort. If there is, it is NOT suitable for those with sensitive ears and is most definitely NOT official media of any club.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Powered By The Tears Of Trolls

We made it to the final regular season game of the 2015/16 season against all odds. And so did the Bees. And nobody expected either of us to do it! You can listen to all the....erm.... action, right here.

Along with the usual cast of balcony-dwellers and ramblings, we cover a game that left Phoenix feeling rather underwhelmed. We have the penultimate meeting of the NWRC with our co-opted Bee, Amy.

We are joined by Phoenix Captain Luke Boothroyd.

We talk Zambonii (Zambonies? Zambonees? Chilly Tractors?) and play a quick round of "What's Keith Floyd up to now?"

Really, we entertain you with screwball antics, have a few serious moments and nurse hangovers.

Standard.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Your Cousin's A Bully

This is the first episode of the final regular season at the West Manchester Municipal Pool and we are bringing you all the action right here.

Zorbing, zambonii (is this the plural?), Rules Committee, a bit of booze, a lack of booze,chips, expanded desk facilities, and no flashy lights :-(

You don't need to listen now. So don't. Go away.  Go on, suckas! Sling your hook! Do one.

(see you tomorrow)


Sunday, 6 March 2016

Playoffs and The Snacks of Fancy

We begin this week's show by addressing our listener feedback and dealing with it in an adult and appropriate manner. Thank you for your tweets, Mrs Trellis.

Then, on account of there being a big old delay waiting for officials to arrive, Aaron has a little chat with Mark about his slight last week on the subject of popcorn and bonbons.

After all of that, we get down to some hockey talk as Tigers scrape their extra point in overtime at the West Manchester Municipal Pool.

Bradley from Tigers joins us as the latest co-opted member of the North Wales Rules Committee. Some belters this weekend.

Then Mark Wood (whoever he is) has a chat with James Neil about the game and about the impending road to the Playoffs.

So that a lot of stuff to listen to.

Well, it's a long drive back from the Hive on Sunday night.

BK

Monday, 29 February 2016

The Hand of Spanswick

This week's show is ready for your ears and can be found here.

In this week's show, we pay homage to the awesomeness of Phil Spanswick. And the splendour of Jacob Awesome-Heron.

We find out what NM had to say in the meeting on Sunday (in less than 39 seconds).

We are joined by Tracey Allen and by Terry-off-of-Bracknell.

We cover the away "game" in Sheffield - which gives rise to BK's first submission for the North Wales Rules Committee (t).

We get stuck into the Sunday game at Deeside and have a bit of a laugh and that along the way.

So, if you like that sort of thing, give us a listen.

If you don't like that sort of thing, maybe try this show.

Well, that traffic to his site should confuse him!

Catch you next Saturday.

Monday, 22 February 2016

MK Podcast Episode - now with podcast!

Blah, blah. Tech error.

Moving files. Servers cost money.

Done now.

Listen here:

Listen to the show link goes here.

Rambling blurb that nobody reads goes here.

Something about next week goes here.

Who says that we do this by numbers?

Hammock.