Editorial

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…


The Science of Negativity !

When Twisted Sock’s discussion forum first launched back in 1999, the whole concept of fans having a freedom to express opinions was new to sporting clubs all over the land. Up until that point, club-fan interaction was always one way and was delivered via carefully managed and sanitised media such…


So who are the Telford Tigers of 2017/2018 ?

First up, the team ….. how did they perform in the league season ? Tigers finished in 3rd place behind Hull and champions Sheffield. They won 27 of their 35 league games and were well in contention for the title until a disastrous meltdown in February which saw them lose…



Phantoms Retain Very Real Title Hopes ?

Last night’s agonizing finale left many Phantoms fans and players feeling dejected having seemingly lost their title aspirations inside the last two minutes but just how damaging was that late Bison goal ? It is true that had Phantoms held on to their 3-1 lead then the title was pretty…


Sunday Night Showdown – How Does it all Work ?

Tonight sees Phantoms and Basingstoke Bison going head to head in what has been dubbed the “title decider” but how does it work, what needs to happen and what are the assumptions being made ? First, the easy bits. The assumption has to be that NEXT weekend, Bison will beat…