Lionel Messi lifting the World Cup at Lusail Stadium as fireworks illuminate the Doha skyline.
Mustafa Amini hoisting the Distance Derby Trophy into the night sky at Macedonia Park, backlit by the reassuring glow of the Chicken Treat van.
Yes indeed, December is set to provide another iconic global football moment on Friday evening should Glory manage to claim bragging rights in a rivalry the intensity of which never fades.
To be fully prepared for the Distance Derby you need to know your stats, your facts and your historical trivia and that is exactly what we’re committed to supplying you with right here…
The two sides have locked horns in WA on 21 occasions, with Glory picking up 14 wins to Wellington’s six.
The ‘Nix did claim the points in the most recent of those meetings, however, via a 3-1 victory in April 2021.
Jack Clisby’s stunning goal against Western United a fortnight ago was the Perth-born defender’s first in 53 A-League appearances for his hometown club.
None of the 47 overall Glory – Phoenix clashes have ended 0-0 and the last 12 of these games have yielded an aggregate total of 38 goals at an average of 3.16 per game.
The three highest scorers in this fixture all found the net on seven occasions.
The men in question were Diego Castro, Andy Keogh and Roy Krishna.
Glory have had 14 players cautioned and none sent off in seven games this term, while Wellington have received 17 yellows and one red in their eight fixtures.
Both sides have drawn more fouls than they have committed – 74 to 103 for Glory and 100 to 124 for Phoenix.
Wellington’s Bulgarian import Bozhidar Kraev leads the league for non-penalty goals with five.
His teammate, Ben Waine, is also in the top ten of this category with three.
Glory’s goals this term have been evenly split between the first and second halves of their games, but in terms of goals conceded, 75% have come after the break.
Current Glory striker David Williams scored 11 goals during his one A-League season with Wellington in 2018/19.
Glory ‘keeper Liam Reddy is also a former Phoenix representative having played 12 times for the yellow-and-blacks during the 2009/10 campaign.