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Loves all live sport. Played rugby codes as a youth, cricket and athletics. Threw away the golf clubs and bought two bikes. Now a gentle road and mountain bike rider and a football fanatic with age. It's so big, we've just got to be part of it. Brisbane Roar member, NQ Cowboys fan.

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Simon and Harps, with Tara, Macca and Archie on the panel, and Scott McKinnon with Zappas on the line.

'Moved to tears': Massive inconvenience to players, but die-hard fans embrace Premier League circus

well written Texi
I watched on TV, more out of curiosity I guess. Just another form of the game. Pleased with the TV commentary, unlike some years ago when the commentary came from ring-ins not associated with the sport otherwise.

'Moved to tears': Massive inconvenience to players, but die-hard fans embrace Premier League circus

agree that AFL league is more popular than the A League.
That is not a measure of the state of the game. As you well know, football/soccer is booming in Australia. Now stop being a silly boy and stick to the subject, which you might notice, has nothing to do with AFL.

Aussie Ange soaks up special MCG homecoming despite Spurs losing post-season friendly on penalties

this player is just 17, her parents are of course heavily involved but apparently most of her peers don’t have agents. Maybe that will change at the next level (currently in the third tier).

Aussie Ange soaks up special MCG homecoming despite Spurs losing post-season friendly on penalties

I watched West Ham v LFC a few weeks back, at London Stadium. Neither team was particularly good on the day but still these are top premier league sides. I left with a clear thumbs up for the A League. Indeed, I felt that our young Waddingham would have thrived in that match.

Aussie Ange soaks up special MCG homecoming despite Spurs losing post-season friendly on penalties

T’noo, Don’t really want to keep on with this but you always use crowds/attendance at AFL and A League matches as a barometer of “the state of the game in Australia”. It’s a measure of the popularity (state if you like) of the two leagues, nothing more, nothing less. The game, at least soccer, is much bigger than the A League and if you want a feel for the ‘state of the game’ you need to measure a whole lot more. The game of football is probably in the healthiest state it has ever been in Australia, and the trajectory is up, up.
AFL is a much more popular league than the A League. No need to keep coming back reminding us of that, we know.
Of course last night was not a significant match, but you tell that to the large number of youngsters who played who are desperate for a start or contract extension, or to all bar a couple of the seniors who know they are just a long breath away from being moved on. Any chance to impress the manager is big.

Aussie Ange soaks up special MCG homecoming despite Spurs losing post-season friendly on penalties

Thanks Leon, good observation. Speaking with the parent of a scholarship player at a (now) EPL club about scouts and agents. He felt that if you’re good enough you don’t need an agent, and if you have an agent you’re probably not good enough. That’s for a UK resident, bit different to living way over here if you want to play in Europe. I think Borrello was one of the first of the new generation players sold to Europe, certainly first out of Roar’s revised academy anyway, and he did quite well, until injured.

Aussie Ange soaks up special MCG homecoming despite Spurs losing post-season friendly on penalties

doesn’t the 7k crowd at last weekend’s NPL match dispel your argument? Or we could ask, people? what people? Football draws huge crowds globally, every weekend year round. They’re people. Same people couldn’t even tell you what AFL stands for, let alone bother to watch.
PS I’d say the quality of most A League matches is as good as what we saw last night.

Aussie Ange soaks up special MCG homecoming despite Spurs losing post-season friendly on penalties

Mariners, but honest, I’m not fussed over it. Mariners have the title in the bag already, no one will take that away from them. Call it the APL Cup or Finals Cup, dare to be different. Looking forward to a vintage red as much as the game, 2011.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Grand Final - Will Mariners hold off Victory's smash-and-grab raid?

time will tell, their new system’s been going for about two years, give it a few more. But we need a stadium.

No-one ‘deserves’ anything in sport: Mariners must earn it and lucky Victory will have them shaking in their boots

think it was Preston and South Melbourne.

No-one ‘deserves’ anything in sport: Mariners must earn it and lucky Victory will have them shaking in their boots

For a stadium. They’re funding grass roots ok, did quite well out of post WWC extra funds. Always can do better but major infrastructure aside, I don’t think FQ would be complaining.

No-one ‘deserves’ anything in sport: Mariners must earn it and lucky Victory will have them shaking in their boots

Thanks SS. When you quote a wage $x per week, is that a 52 week/year? I assume it is but not sure.

No-one ‘deserves’ anything in sport: Mariners must earn it and lucky Victory will have them shaking in their boots

Good luck Middie. I haven’t been much impressed with MV’s play this season but it’s a two horse race now. You guys have impressed at times but I fear you have a lot more of the dark side than in past seasons. Let’s hope for a fair match, no nonsense and no overstating the spoils of the winner, Mariners have already won the League.

No-one ‘deserves’ anything in sport: Mariners must earn it and lucky Victory will have them shaking in their boots

ok, though I’d have thought their owners would make up the delta, at least some of it.

No-one ‘deserves’ anything in sport: Mariners must earn it and lucky Victory will have them shaking in their boots

won’t all clubs be hit the same, from the APL handouts?

No-one ‘deserves’ anything in sport: Mariners must earn it and lucky Victory will have them shaking in their boots

Buddy, I got a fairly complete lowdown on West Ham and the stadium, by a fan similar to you, grew up in the area and whose family are all long term generational members (they gave us their seats). Older guy, not keen on the new stuff and change (wears original kit) and complains about the stadium (lease, slow conversion of seats over track) but above all that he says, it’s the 60+K capacity that makes the difference. 30k extra at the match, and he argues that keeps the price down, gets him and many others like him through the gate.

'Winning machine': City make history thanks to Pep and 'unbelievable' Foden - but questions remain over charges

West Ham season ticket holders I went to game with recently cost per game averages out at GBP30 ($60) across season. There are way more expensive seats in other parts of the stadium, and some cheaper ones, but that’s a reasonable price for what I thought were fairly good seats.

'Winning machine': City make history thanks to Pep and 'unbelievable' Foden - but questions remain over charges

mumbling among fans I heard in UK very recently was about City delaying, not allowing access to their records, quite a lot of discontent around, and Notts seem to be next least favourite among other teams’ fans

'Winning machine': City make history thanks to Pep and 'unbelievable' Foden - but questions remain over charges

Klopp’s farewell from the club and fans was next level. What a fine man he is.

'Winning machine': City make history thanks to Pep and 'unbelievable' Foden - but questions remain over charges

Sad to hear this, as someone who is dealing with cancer and who lost a brother after his lifelong fight with the disease. My thoughts go out to Marco and his family and his mother of course. It’s take every day as it comes for them for now, strength and best wishes to them all.

'Affected our family deeply': Tragic reason Marko Rudan has parted ways with Western Sydney Wanderers

CFG, surely they done it. Met this guy and his son at London airport, flew to UK for two weeks to take his teenage son to 4 matches, Man City fan, paid for his son to meet the coach apparently. Asked him why he didn’t support A League, yep, you know the answer but he was full of fun facts about Ausys in the EPL. Asked if he had family connections to Manchester or Midlands, looked at me as if I was weird. Nah, Tassie, more registered footballers than other States apparently (per capita). Big football fan apparently, love the game, just love the game but can only support top end champions, rest no good apparently.

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

weather was lovely in England, well some of the time but not all of the time.

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

LFC

Ange lashes Tottenham's 'fragile foundations' as fans celebrate City defeat that's set to deny Arsenal title

it is indeed, but Brisbane is not so. One very good stadium shared with three rugby league and one rugby union team, plus representative matches for both codes, m & w, plus a growing number of concerts. Ballymore doesn’t cut it, lest rugby union would play all their matches there. I love the area, home for me, but B/more is poorly located and poorly served by public transport and services. Let us never admit defeat and give up on a boutique football stadium for Brisbane, the Olympic City. We need it and we can do it. Bakrie’s can throw in a couple of mil, FQ and FA can throw in something, we know they’ve all been lobbying hard for some time now. With the growth in the women’s game we will surely have a second Brissie team in the A League by 2032, we need a stadium. Don’t stop asking & arguing our case.

Logic says ho-hum Victory can't beat the Phoenix and 34,000 hyped-up Kiwis - but it doesn't matter in the slightest

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