With Mitch Nichols departing his sixth club in five years it seemed right to test this writer’s bar tending knowledge as we decide which A-League players fit the description of well-known beverages.


Fine Garnacha – Diego Castro (Perth Glory)

As all good wines do, this one just gets better with age.  Raised and nurtured in a superb Spanish vintage, the elegance, class and beauty of this drink can be tasted for a seemingly everlasting period of time.

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Emu Export – Liam Reddy – (Perth Glory)

Currently brewed in WA the renowned beer has been (somewhat) enjoyed in various parts of Australia. It should be noted this brew withholds a flight risk when transported between states and should be handled with care.

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Aluá – Bobo (Syndey FC)

A beverage of rich Brazilian history, Alua is prepared with maize, rice and hint of sugar.  Don’t mistake the sweetness though as the potency and precision can carve open even the toughest of foes, the only thing that’s assured is the classy finish it adds to any night.

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Irish Tea (with whiskey) – Roy O’Donovan (Newcastle Jets) 

Far from giant in stature but it can sure pack a punch – ensure to have these in moderation or prepare to wake up with a severe headache in the morning (for more reasons then one!)

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Fruity Lexia Cask Wine – Jacob Italiano (Perth Glory) 

Cheap and sweet but boy it has quality. Enjoyed by boys and girls all over Australia, the potent mix has the potential to break into the European market and go on to do big things. A recently confirmed collaboration with German brewers has fans excited with many entrusting the ‘fruity lexia makes you sexier’ slogan to go worldwide.

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Dom Pérignon – Marc Warren (Perth Glory) 

Touted as the best champagne in the world, words can hardly describe this incredible drink. A highlight reel of sparkling results, bubbling wonders and unrivalled crispness are renowned with this truly special breed.

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Tequila – Kevin Muscat (Melbourne Victory)

The strong, slick liquid goes down a treat when all is well but beware when things turn sour.  Bold (or bald) in flavour but lifeless in expression, the notoriously strong beverage is often synonymous with nights that end in sheer and utter chaos. Notable side effects include throat grabs and leg-breaking flying knee kicks.

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.