Editorial

Sunday Showdown – Is It Really Make or Break ?

With many fans viewing Sunday’s game with Swindon Wildcats as “must win” and/or “make or break”, lets take a look at the reality based on the possible outcomes. Before doing that, it is important to keep in mind two important factors on which this “reality” is based. First of all,…

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Let the Battles Commence !

Tonight’s thumping defeat at Bracknell has announced not one but two important messages for Phantoms and their supporters. Firstly, the run-in to the league title has started and, secondly, teams are queuing to take a piece out of us as title favourites ! Phantoms have just fifteen games remaining and…


Big Points At Stake Over Christmas Period !

The Christmas period sees the NIHL South move into the second half of the season with the “big four” sitting, as expected, in the top four places. With the table still tough to make sense of due to the different numbers of games played, here’s how it would look if…


Cup Final Countdown – Make it a Plus One !

On Friday, Phantoms make their first tilt at serious NIHL silverware when they take on the Sheffield Steeldogs in the final of the Autumn Cup. So what’s it about ? What’s it worth ? Where’s it at ? What should we expect ? What do we need to do ?…


The Fan-tastic Uprising that saved Peterborough Hockey !

Twenty five years ago to this day, Peterborough hockey fans woke to their worst nightmare ….. the apparent end of ice hockey in the city. The rink had closed, the doors were chained up and the front entrance carried the ominous notice that stated that the rink was closed and…


Coach Koulikov denies Phantoms were Flat !

Despite increasing negativity from the Phantoms fanbase after Saturday’s home defeat to Sheffield Steeldogs, coach Slava Koulikov refuses to accept that his team were in anyway flat and insists that there is no reason for fans to get stressed over current form. “We were not flat. In the first period…


The Weight of Expectation !

As some of you may be aware, I’m a lifelong Aston Villa fan and you won’t be surprised to hear that I’m quite an active member of very many fan discussion groups over there. The “so what” on that one is that at the same time as Phantoms dropped a…


Are Team Phantoms Good Enough to make #1 ?

With the players back in training and the first pre-season scrimmage about to face-off this weekend, the question has to be ….. does this Team Phantoms have what it takes to better last season’s desperately tight second place finish in the NIHL1 South ? Lets look at the key factors…


A Tribute to Phantoms Captain Fantastic

Tomorrow sees the richly deserved testimonial game for Phantoms captain James Ferrara who has now competed in 13 seasons for Phantoms, a feat only bettered by Jason Porter’s impressive 18 seasons. I was fortunate enough to witness James making his debut for Phantoms as a 14 year old in a…


On Thin Ice – The End of Basingstoke Hockey ?

In 2016, a surveyors report on the ice rink at Basingstoke confirmed the observations of many regular Bison fans that there were indeed significant problems requiring resolution if the rink was to continue for any period of time. As with the rink here at Bretton, Basingstoke’s rink followed the same…