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Interested in the popularity and growth of sport in Australia. Also passionate about the history of The Word Game.

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You’re right. I faintly recall FC considering Brookvale as a venue. It literally has a rusty, or rustic, charm. North Sydney’s nice, but you’d need to remove the cricket pitch first. Chatswood Oval could be upgraded, but I’d doubt council would support it.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

Sport acts as a brilliant social conductor.

I always thought clubs should give their fans complimentary jerseys, as we’re advertising their brand to the world.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

There you go – the system works. José Mourinho approves. I’ve always liked Roma’s jersey.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

Yup, I certainly hear you. The journey can often be the destination. Your average football game goes for 90 minutes. However, the planning & anticipation of a live match is longer, with memories that last forever.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

Sydney’s games usually have a great atmosphere, & The Cove can be pretty vocal too.

I wouldn’t mind if FC took a few matches north of the bridge.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

Deng is quality. Green Gully’s had some star players (plus coaches) come through that club.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

For sure, I think we’re all football managers at heart. You can sometimes spot the fanatic, checking the statistics on their phone, eyes darting back to the pitch. I keep telling myself to ignore the “possession” percentages at half time, but sport is a numbers game, & I’m hooked.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

Agreed. I tend to enjoy the suburban grounds – boutique stadiums with wooden benches & tinny canteens.

I once wore a Sporting CP jersey to a Fraser Park match in Marrickville, & it was like magical currency. I received a few nods of approval from the Portuguese community.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

The original submission title was: “Army of one: Going solo to the FFA Cup.”

Fellow reader, the word “joy” has been added to the headline. Suddenly, visions of a 1972 illustrated manual by author Alex Comfort have been conjured.

Army of one: The joy of going to the football solo

Years. Nick Montgomery’s been with the Mariner’s family for years.

Mariners extend Sydney's winless run to four games

The Mariner’s seem to be performing well for Montgomery – that’s respect. Plenty of proud academy players on the field, most, being influenced by their coach, who has been directly involved with their progression for years.

This is a club about to bloom. A club that’s proactively planted the seeds of success.

Mariners extend Sydney's winless run to four games

I wouldn’t be surprised if WSW give a motivated Romero another trial. He improved greatly last night, especially since the last match against Cooma FC.

WS Wanderers stunned by NPL giant-killers' wonder goal in FFA Cup boilover

I’d say WSW got outplayed by APIA.

The lack of vocal communication between the Wanderers was staggering. Western Sydney had no clear leader on the park, & it’s indicative of a soft coach who failed to provide a winning blueprint.

APIA, on the other hand, were working as a unit, barking instructions at each-other. For a team with limited on-field games, they played cohesively (especially in the first half).

WSW were technically superior, gained a mountain of possession, but squandered their chances.

This is a lesson to other A-League clubs to take the FFA Cup seriously.

APIA screamer knocks Wanderers out of FFA Cup

This is the kind of quality that gets you snapped up by an A-League side.

WS Wanderers stunned by NPL giant-killers' wonder goal in FFA Cup boilover

There was a fair amount of police. Although, they did seem pretty chilled.

It felt very “old school” when the flare was lit.

I heard a smattering of colourful RBB language at the end of the game, but that was due to APIA slowly winding down the clock, which frustrated WSW.

FFA Cup: Careful Carl, APIA might teach WSW a lesson

Some very valid points. Nicely done.

For its own sake, Channel Ten should do a lot more with the A-Leagues

Nice article. Conversely, I’d love Valentino Yuel to play for Australia (the Socceroos need some serious attack weapon), but the Jets star decided to commit to South Sudan instead.

How Zak Gilsenan – the 'Irish Messi' – slipped through Australia's fingers

I was a tad surprised too. Robinson took a big chance.

By the 60th minute, APIA were spent, with players hunched, gasping for air. Yet, somehow, they dug deep & defended well.

I was on the sidelines, & APIA were very vocal, giving each other supportive instructions. WSW were very quiet. Had their senior players, such as Ziggy Gordon, spoken up, maybe the result would have been different.

Big shout out to the RBB, who are one of the best supporter groups in the country. They added an awesome atmosphere to the game.

FFA Cup: Careful Carl, APIA might teach WSW a lesson

Sadly, no. The RBB was well supported too. WSW fans put on an awesome show.

Why aren’t people turning up to the A-League Men?

Over 4,000+ fans at the FFA Cup match at Leichhardt Oval tonight. Now we know where the punters are.

Why aren’t people turning up to the A-League Men?

Cooma was a very dominant team until the final 10 minutes of regular time. Afterwards, the two red cards altered the match.

APIA were also lucky to stay in the contest, as injuries decimated their substitutes.

Cooma had APIA rattled, because the Leichhardt players kept coming off due to injury.

However, 11 verses 9 wore a respectable Cooma down. APIA certainly pounced, but there was also timing and luck involved.

FFA Cup: Careful Carl, APIA might teach WSW a lesson

Tasuku Sekiya was amazing that night. The Japanese maestro orchestrated the win for APIA.

I heard Sekiya briefly trialed with the Mariners last season.

FFA Cup: Careful Carl, APIA might teach WSW a lesson

The beauty of winning the FFA Cup is potentially qualifying for the ACL. Formerly, the Wanderers are proud champions of that silverware.

FFA Cup: Careful Carl, APIA might teach WSW a lesson

Indeed. It’s going to be an interesting mix of new football and old soccer tonight.
The RBB are notoriously vocal, so hopefully their passion is limited to the stadium.
Here’s hoping for a clean, respectable game… With plenty of goals!

FFA Cup: Careful Carl, APIA might teach WSW a lesson

Valentino Yuel is a revelation. His goals last week boarded on the sublime. He’s such an assert to the Jets.

I hope Newcastle have the foresight to hang onto him.

Newcastle Jets continue to play brave football to start 2021-22

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