Wellington Phoenix took the place of the defunct New
Zealand Knights in A League Season 3 (2007-08) after a search by New Zealand Football for a suitable replacement.
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During the later stages of the 2006-07 season, the
Football Federation of Australia removed the New Zealand Knights A-League
licence due to club's financial and administrative problems and poor on-field
performance. FFA then provided New Zealand Football a provisional A-League
licence to sub-let to a suitable New Zealand team to enter the A-League 2007-08
season. After much delay, the final money amount needed for the final
application came from Wellington property businessman Terry Serepisos in the
last moments of the bid. FFA finalised a three-year A-League licence to New
Zealand Football who then sub-let the
licence to the Wellington-based franchise. The Wellington franchise was
confirmed on March 19,2007
In Season 3 (2007-08) Wellingtons first season they finished 8th, although level with Perth Glory on points their
inferior goal difference consigned them to bottom place.