FFA disrespects football’s past

Alex Poulos Roar Rookie

By Alex Poulos, Alex Poulos is a Roar Rookie

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    This current FFA has from its inception til today continually disrespected Australian football people with insults and ignorance to ridiculous scales.

    The current FFA has pretended and talks to the public as if football in Australia started in 2005 and no football existed prior to that. Is that fair to all the Socceroos previous to 2005? Is it fair to the players who won national league titles prior to 2005? Is it fair to the fans you made this game what it was prior to 2005?

    Take a ride to the FFA head office and see if there is any pictures/symbols of football from Australia prior to 2005. No there is not.

    But this current FFA is happy to get on the bandwagon of the 2006 World Cup squad but where did these players come from? Oh wait, can I mention clubs like Melbourne Knights, Marconi and South Melbourne or is there a ban from Fox Sports on mentioning the past?

    “The Big Blue” was used to pump up this Melbourne versus Sydney rivalry, yet only 12,000 people attended the match.

    It’s time for the FFA to accept that the footballing public of Australia will not be disrespected any longer, and for the good of the game this “pretend the past did not exist” must be stopped and the real clubs who carried the game over the last 50 years must be given the equal opportunities to be involved in growing the game in this country.

    Enough is enough!

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    • August 8th 2010 @ 2:30am
      Rusty0256 said | August 8th 2010 @ 2:30am | ! Report

      This is such an awkward subject. Alex and many others have roots deeply imbedded in clubs such as Sydney Olympic, Melbourne Knights, SM Hellas etc. and it must be endlessly frustrating for them to have little or no hope of again competing at the highest level of Football in Australia. These clubs were and are our founding fathers of National Football and they do need to be acknowledged as being so.

      Unfortunately these clubs, their fans and the organisations that ran them were (and remain) largely mono-ethnic. Greeks ran and supported Greek clubs, Croats, Croatian clubs, Italians, Italian clubs. The NSL offered them, over many years, the opportunity to grow and diversify their base. By and large they stubbornly chose not to. The ethnic based teams operated under a slowly contracting glass ceiling. Terraces populated almost entirely by 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants of the one ethnic base will always be governed by the laws of diminishing returns as older fully committed supporters die off and younger generations diversify their interests. The failure of the NSL was at least in part brought about by this reality.

      The creators of the A-League knew that when they chose the teams that failed to include a single one that was ethnically based. And whilst we do need to respect and recognise our games past, including those clubs that did the hard years, there can be no returning to it.

      Sorry Alex, but the train has left the station.

    • August 8th 2010 @ 7:19am
      MVDave said | August 8th 2010 @ 7:19am | ! Report

      Alex…move on…time to let go.
      BTW Didnt SFC issue memberships to all past NSW Socceroos for this season? Seems to be some form of recognition there.

    • August 8th 2010 @ 7:34am
      MVDave said | August 8th 2010 @ 7:34am | ! Report

      Joe Marston Medal…Johnny Warren Medal?

      • August 9th 2010 @ 5:08pm
        General Ashnak said | August 9th 2010 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

        Alex probably doesn’t know who they are, after all they are awards handed out by the FFA.

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      August 8th 2010 @ 8:06am
      Fussball ist unser leben said | August 8th 2010 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      Alex Poulos

      I take your point and love your passion. It’s this passion that ensured our Game not only survived, but actually thrived and produced top quality footballers.

      You ask that: “the game over the last 50 years must be given the equal opportunities to be involved in growing the game in this country”.

      What exactly do you have in mind?

      Whilst I do not have an affiliation with any of the old NSL clubs, I would love to see a 2nd Division football league – perhaps, 12 teams – within the next 5 years and we adopt a promotion/relegation system.

    • August 8th 2010 @ 8:06am
      RickG said | August 8th 2010 @ 8:06am | ! Report


      Rusty summarises the situation well. Things had to change otherwise the game here would have remained the preserve of ethnic enclaves for ever. You talk about these small clubs ‘carrying’ the game over 50 years – have you ever considered what might have happened if the FFA came baout earlier? Yes, that’s right, the game would have moved up and been more prominent and we may well have been present at a WC before 1974, and many times after.

      Do you realise that soccer actually had a history here – alas, an ‘Anglo-centric’ one – prior to the post WW2 migrants? The etinic clubs came in and took over, probably much like the FFA have done. I don’t hear you crying about that.

    • August 8th 2010 @ 8:42am
      Spezza said | August 8th 2010 @ 8:42am | ! Report

      Alex, you say it as it is, you are a legend!

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