Beckham should go to Perth for Glory

Joe Gorman Columnist

By Joe Gorman, Joe Gorman is a Roar Expert

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    AC Milan English soccer star David Beckham is injured after received a kick from Chievo Verona midfielder Giampiero Pinzi during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Chievo at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday, March 14, 2010. AP Photo/Antonio Calanni.

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    The current media hype surrounding David Beckham’s next move has reached its zenith as the English star this week announced his departure from LA Galaxy.

    The A-League has once again become the focus of attention for football columnists from New York to London.

    After the local game grabbed its fifteen minutes of fame with the signing of Alessandro Del Piero, this resurgent global interest comes as a welcome déjà vu for Australian football supporters.

    Considering that little has been said from Beckham’s management about a move to the A-League, we should be careful not to get ahead of ourselves in predicting where the one-man-brand will end up.

    It’s just as likely that Beckham will finish his career in Paris or Dubai, where he owns property.

    At present, neither Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar have shown any interest in signing Beckham, preferring to steer clear of the often-disruptive marquee player roller-coaster ride. In truth, neither club particularly needs David Beckham anyway.

    Melbourne Heart, Western Sydney Wanderers, Adelaide United and the Central Coast Mariners have reportedly all expressed their interest, with John Singleton even offering his beach house to the Beckham family.

    However, playing the pokies at Iguana’s will certainly be a step down for the A-List celebrity couple. And if the Gosford club were to pull off such a coup, it would force Graham Arnold to quickly recontextualise his much-vaunted no marquee players policy.

    This article, however, is not interested in what’s on offer for the Beckham family. Of more pressing concern is how the A-League can utilise his presence to grow the competition.

    There are two reasons why David Beckham would be a good fit at Perth Glory.

    Firstly, with three high-profile players already spread across New South Wales, the Eastern Seaboard is already awash with marquee talent.

    Each of these signings have proved a boost for the profile and performance of their respective clubs, perhaps most notably Alessandro Del Piero at Sydney FC.

    If the Central Coast were to somehow lure Beckham, the competition would be increasingly New South Wales oriented. While this would make for some cracking derbies, it may be a bit of a celebrity overkill.

    Geographically spreading out marquee talent will only benefit the league as a whole.

    Secondly, Perth is home to a large British migrant population. In fact, Perth Glory’s ‘Britishness’ has even been the subject of academic inquiry.

    Tara Brabazon, in her book Tracking the Jack: A Retracing of the Antipodes, makes the case that Perth Glory were founded at a time when David Hill was ‘Anglicising’ the National Soccer League in order to mobilise “a distinct, Antipodean incription of Englishness to counter what he (Hill) frames as destructive migrant prejudices.”

    Similarly, in 1997, NSL general manager Stefan Kamasz commented happily that going to a Perth game was “like being at an English game” while the ‘Studs Up’ fanzine wrote that “recently arrived Poms and Scots come along to enjoy the atmosphere of a game just like ‘Home.'”

    Currently, Perth are flying the British banner in the A-League. With Scotsmen Ian Ferguson and Steven McGarry alongside Irishmen Liam Miller and Billy Mehmet, signing an Englishman would round out their British appeal.

    While the Glory do have a multicultural support base, they are framed by their Britishness.

    In this context, what better way to bring the crowds back than to sign English football royalty? Tony Sage recently complained about the cost and re-construction of NIB Stadium, which has reduced the seating capacity considerably. However, with David Beckham in the team, the Glory could potentially fill Subiaco Oval.

    It is ironic that Perth Glory – the club that provided the model for the A-League – have not been able to replicate their NSL success in the new competition.

    Sage has already made it a personal ambition to sign Beckham. Boosted by its resource-rich surrounds, the city and the football club are both on the rise.

    Beckham-inspired sell-out crowds and international exposure are no less than the club deserves.

    Joe Gorman
    Joe Gorman

    Joe Gorman is a football journalist with a particular interest in sports history. After completing his thesis on football in Australia, Joe started with The Roar in October 2012. He tweets from @JoeGorman_89.

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    The Crowd Says (12)

    • November 22nd 2012 @ 3:28am
      Roman said | November 22nd 2012 @ 3:28am | ! Report

      I read he was to join the ownership of Galaxy, MLS gave him a 25% discount on buying a team, I read he is to buy a stake in the LA ownership.

    • November 22nd 2012 @ 3:49am
      Tony Hughes said | November 22nd 2012 @ 3:49am | ! Report

      Glory is the perfect match for both David and Posh. A superb lifestyle for the children with the best beaches and lifestyle you could wish for, an opportunity for Posh to add a bit more ‘spice’ to Tony Sage’s fashion empire and pair up with the other much loved ‘new Aussie’ Spice Girl Mel B, and of course the adoring and passionate Glory fans who will embrace the superstar himself.

      Glory is ready for the touch paper to be ignited. They are about to embark on their first season in Asia and are only a short plane trip from many Asian destinations. They have the squad to complete for a final’s birth and are definite contender for the flag after missing out in the Grand Final last year in controversial circumstances.

      They have the most passionate fans in the land with the potential to take the game to the next level.

      10 games in the sun, the world press in the West – it would be the perfect scenario for the A-League

    • Roar Guru

      November 22nd 2012 @ 7:17am
      Cappuccino said | November 22nd 2012 @ 7:17am | ! Report

      PSG have ruled themselves out, and Beckham won’t go to the Middle East (Posh would be furious). Perth would be perfect.

    • November 22nd 2012 @ 7:56am
      steven said | November 22nd 2012 @ 7:56am | ! Report

      Yeah, I agree. The heavily-British based support of Glory would suit Beckham perfectly. And it is where he would best work for the A-League as a whole. Can’t see Posh on Cottesloe Beach though.

    • November 22nd 2012 @ 9:27am
      Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | November 22nd 2012 @ 9:27am | ! Report

      I think out of all the candidates Perth makes the most sense but in reality i can’t see it happening.Like many have stated Sydney and Melbourne are probably the only cities than cater for the Beckham brand.The concern with both WSW and Heart is that they both have rookie coaches,but on the flipside theres a steel about Aloisi and Popovich that was sorely lacking in Crook and Durakovic.

      • Columnist

        November 22nd 2012 @ 11:42am
        Joe Gorman said | November 22nd 2012 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        I think your right, I think he’d want to be in Sydney if he comes at all.

        But Perth is more appropriate

    • Roar Guru

      November 22nd 2012 @ 12:20pm
      Cameron Kellett said | November 22nd 2012 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

      Melbourne Heart would benefit most.

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