Time for Manly fans to make an effort
Manly Sea Eagles Brett Stewart celebrates their win in the NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. Manly defeated the Warriors 24 - 10. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)
For the last three to four years, Manly fans have been by far the worst travellers in the NRL. It seems that they are glued to Brookvale Oval.
But, they have an opportunity to change that on Friday night.
For a team who has been in pretty good form over the last few months and is striving for back-to-back premierships, it seems a no brainer that the Sea Eagles will be able to reach 20,000 people for this match against the Cowboys at Allianz Stadium.
But at the moment, it’s looking like 10,000 to 15,000, which in my opinion is embarrassing not only for the club, but for the NRL.
The AFL would be grinning at such a poor crowd to a finals sudden death match. I would go to as far as to say that the Cowboys fans will go close to outnumbering the Sea Eagles fans at the SFS tonight.
To portray just how stubborn Manly’s supporters are, the Raiders members have bought more tickets to their respective final against South Sydney (a three hour drive for Canberra fans).
While Sea Eagles fans have every right to be angry about not having this match at Brookvale Oval, they shouldn’t act like children and they should take it on the chin.
They have a opportunity to prove myself and the doubters wrong, but at this stage they will continue the tag as being the laziest supporters in the National Rugby League.
If they can’t make the half hour trip to watch their team play in a finals match without free public transport and begging from the media and NRL, they are perhaps the least loyal, most fairweather fans in NRL history.
As a Bulldogs fan, Manly are our ‘new rivals’ but rugby league needs a good crowd.
Go and support your team. You can be angry with the NRL, but don’t take it out on the players.
They want your support, not an empty stadium. It should be a cracker of a match.
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