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Mike Tuckerman

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Hopefully he keeps winning.

This season has made me fall in love with the A-League all over again

The word out of the Victory camp is they tried to keep him. It was Markovic’s decision to leave.

This season has made me fall in love with the A-League all over again

I think the national teams play some sort of a role, but I’m not sure international success necessarily equates into better metrics for our domestic leagues.

Has Victory's dreadful season doomed the A-League to dire metrics?

How does the game fix it?

Has Victory's dreadful season doomed the A-League to dire metrics?

Swings and roundabouts, hey? It’s terrific to see the Mariners on top of the table.

Has Victory's dreadful season doomed the A-League to dire metrics?

I’m loathe to bag referees because it’s a tough gig and we need more of them… but from what I’ve seen W-League referee hasn’t been great this season.

Has Victory's dreadful season doomed the A-League to dire metrics?

Yes, that South Korean team the Socceroos defeated in the final – who went on to knock defending world champions Germany out of the 2018 World Cup – seemed very weak.

It's high time football started to stand up for itself

The Socceroos literally won the Asian Cup. That was Ange Postecoglou’s point.

It's high time football started to stand up for itself

The AFL grounds all look in tip-top condition, I can tell you that much.

Why shouldn't Cairns be home to an A-League club?

There was no Brisbane Strikers bid. There was no funding and no support. Those architectural renderings of an upgraded Perry Park were drawn up by a fan.

I personally quite like the Strikers and have been down to several games, but I think when Queenslanders say they want them in the A-League, what they mean is they want Perry Park in the the A-League.

Why shouldn't Cairns be home to an A-League club?

I don’t think anyone in Cairns seriously watches the AFL. Melbourne HQ has sunk plenty of funds into the city in its colonial quest for nationwide domination, but genuine Aussie Rules fans are fairly thin on the ground.

Why shouldn't Cairns be home to an A-League club?

Well, Cairns FC drew a crowd of almost 4,000 on a Tuesday night when they hosted Sydney FC in the FFA Cup in 2018. So I’m not sure it’s accurate to suggest an A-League side would fail to do the same.

Why shouldn't Cairns be home to an A-League club?

On the contrary, Micko, I write articles to generate discussions. Kind of like the one we’re having here.

Why would an A-League club work in Cairns when it didn’t in Townsville? I can think of a few reasons.

1. Cairns is not Townsville. Not only are the two cities more than four hours apart, but the latter has always been a rugby league town.

2. Football Federation Australia essentially allowed North Queensland Fury to fold once they realised Australia was not going to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. They did similar on the Gold Coast, where revoking United’s licence was the easiest way to get rid of Clive Palmer.

3. Cairns has long-standing football culture, built on the back of a sizeable migrant population from Europe. There’s a reason Mareeba Bulls used to draw big crowds in the old Queensland State League.

4. When you’re a one-team town, as Cairns has long been with the Taipans in NBL, you tend to find the locals are keen to back you in a national competition.

5. At some point, the A-League needs to stop pandering to casual sports fans and start catering to actual football fans. That’s easiest to do in cities that actually appreciate football… like Cairns.

Yes, there’s a need for investment. But that never happens without some vision, which is why Cairns should absolutely enter the discussion around expansion sides.

Why shouldn't Cairns be home to an A-League club?

Tough night for the Jets. I feel sorry for Craig Deans. That first goal was a real coach-killer.

Why shouldn't Cairns be home to an A-League club?

Brisbane Strikers have virtually no local support. If you were basing the decision on the ability to draw a crowd, the Strikers would be some way down the list.

Why shouldn't Cairns be home to an A-League club?

Too busy taking in the sights of NPL3.

How do Melbourne Victory save themselves from ruin?

If it’s the difference between the club continuing to exist or going broke at a stadium they can’t afford to play in, then yes… it’s a success.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

I haven’t given Rocklea Showgrounds much thought, Marilyn, but it would be nice to see Brisbane Roar return to the city proper. That being said, it’ll be hard to walk away from Redcliffe knowing how well Moreton Bay Council has treated the club this season.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

It certainly is. And more specifically to your question as to why Riku is here, his parent club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and their coach Mihalo Petrovic were concerned about his lack of physicality. They’ve sent him down here to give him some match experience and see how he handles the professional game.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

Indeed. And many of the fans who’ve said they’ll never come to games in Redcliffe are the same who never came to games at Suncorp Stadium.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

We can only dream. I’m not sure anything will ever get done with Perry Park.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

I live around the corner from Goodwin Park. Terrific state league ground, but there’s a better chance of playing A-League games in my backyard.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

Yes.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

What would you have preferred, AndyAdelaide? A Monday column about how Adelaide lost 4-0 on Friday night? I usually cover the Sunday games.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon

Not hard to see why the Roar’s attendance was down when it was
a) their third home game in eight days
b) it was Valentine’s Day
c) it looked like there’d be a storm around kick-off.

Redcliffe is Brisbane Roar's not-so-secret weapon