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Give ‘Em The Axe

The Wellington Football Club celebrates its 150th Anniversary in 2020 and a new book, “Give ‘Em The Axe’ has been published to mark the milestone.

Written by club President and leading rugby commentator Keith Quinn, the nearly 200-page book is not your typical dry club history.

Containing a photograph on almost every page the chapters are arranged by decades with profiles of all club All Blacks and Black Ferns included alongside stories of the many personalities and events to have enriched the clubs’ long and proud history.

The book was meant to be published earlier this year but was delayed because of the Coranavirus outbreak. A portion of the book even reflects on the match and weekend of March 7 when Nelson Rugby Football Club, celebrating the same milestone, traveled to Wellington and defeated the Axeman 32-21 in a one-off, highly entertaining fixture.

“The book has been a labour of love, but I’m very proud of it,” Quinn said.

“I was conscious of producing a book that was both eye-catching and substantial. Some club histories are pretty grim, but this book looks modern and has lots of stories to go with the essential facts. I’d like to thank the many people who’ve supported the project for over four years.”

Over 70% of the initial print has already sold out. To purchase your copy of the book please contact The cost is $55 with some of the proceeds going back into the club.

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  1. Good evening. I’m emailing to ask if there are any copies still in print of Give ‘Em The Axe? My great grandfather was James Clarendon Ramsbottom Isherwood and I’m compiling a brief history of my father’s relatives. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, David Isherwood.

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