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Love football first and foremost although I keep one eye on most ball sports. Watching live rather than TV is my preference and away games are always more fun even when you lose.

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there was a boycott of South Africa for many years during Apartheid – hard to extricate sport from politics really. Boycott of Moscow Olympics in 1980, retaliatory boycott of L.A in 1984…..Football generally has managed to avoid the issues down the years – maybe until now.
I grew up at a time when overt racism on the terraces was considered normal behaviour. No action was taken by clubs, by stewards, by police, by the courts. It was a truly appalling thing to witness but it woke me up to begin to understand the level of privilege I was accustomed to and took for granted that a few friends would never get close to purely down to skin tone.

The A-League must show support for Black Lives Matter this season

Whilst I don’t advocate “reinventing the wheel” I’d love to see more home grown initiatives that might resonate more with fans and the population as a whole. There are plenty of issues staring us in the face that may unite and find support across the board. They don’t detract, they add, localise and support the broader subject.

The A-League must show support for Black Lives Matter this season

you can’t help but feel that it was all a “fait accompli” well before anything actually came to light and since there was no media attention on anything related to round ball, it conveniently just “slipped under the radar”

The Jets cannot become the A-League’s first COVID victim

love your last paragraph but I need convincing it is remotely true at present or the way things are looking the crowds get anywhere near those optimistic figures…no harm trying to reach it though.

The Jets cannot become the A-League’s first COVID victim

Most sincerely – I really feel your pain Griffo. I have very mixed feelings about the appointment. I agree with your synopsis and therefore am happy he is at WSW but I’m unhappy with what has been left behind and the instability and uncertainty at the Jets. They were playing pretty well at the back end of the season too. Now it is a lottery all over again.

Robinson jumps ship from Newcastle to take Wanderers top jop

everything gets talked up these days. We have to sift through it and find what is worth believing! – and sometimes there isn’t a lot.

Robinson jumps ship from Newcastle to take Wanderers top jop

I thought Laurie McKinna handled his press conference really well in the face of some very pointy and difficult questioning yesterday. I really hope they do find a decent owner with some money to invest.

Robinson jumps ship from Newcastle to take Wanderers top jop

Waz,

He did pretty well in Vancouver considering they are one of the lower spending clubs. I think it was Robinson that managed to lure Freddy Montero away from Seattle and he was a great asset. I wish we had more strikers like him in the A League…better to watch than Roy O’Donovan, Rierra, and a whole host of others down the seasons.
Anyway, I’d rather have him than Aloisi or Muscat for that matter!

Robinson jumps ship from Newcastle to take Wanderers top jop

hard to hold on to players when they receive offers that will set them up for future retirement without having to spend too long out there…been done time and time again.

Robinson jumps ship from Newcastle to take Wanderers top jop

what a pile of twaddle! The article had no substance, no criteria applied or method of obtaining the information….Spike Milligan published a book many moons ago entitled “very interesting but stupid”

Wanderers mysteriously move on Jean-Paul de Marigny as pre-season looms

I remember those days. I was invited along to Football NSW for a Q&A session with Mr Butcher. I recall thinking at the time that it would end in tears – mainly for supporters! – there again before Mr Barlow and co realized the importance of having some stability, particularly in the coaching ranks.
As for scouting forwards – Well TP was pretty awful and it is hard to believe that anyone there actually knows what the pre-requisites of a striker actually are!

Wanderers mysteriously move on Jean-Paul de Marigny as pre-season looms

Marcel,

Rest assured it isn’t just about not winning. WSW in 2020 is a very different club to the one that burst onto the scene back in 2012. It isn’t even about price hikes, it goes way beyond. I have renewed because that’s what we do, but I have grave reservations about the whole thing. I know so many people that have found something else to do now, just lost interest and here I am not talking about active supporter issues, just individuals and families who can’t engage with the current set up and ownership and everything that it has brought.
Results may be part of it, but include playing style at the very least to go with it for on field issues – but plenty off field too.

Wanderers mysteriously move on Jean-Paul de Marigny as pre-season looms

It would be good to believe that a complete review of the club has taken place and that the shortcomings have been identified and the issues rectified. A great stadium and excellent training facilities count for very little when there is a poor looking team led by a indistinguishable coach. Fans have fallen away in droves. Whilst the current pandemic cannot be ignored as having an influence, there has been and continues to be a sense of dis-satisfaction with the club as a whole and much of that is directed at the owner.
It does appear that the club has lost its way, its raisin d’être and it is no longer striking a chord with Western Sydney. Communication is limited at best and there does not appear to be any good news on the horizon. I sincerely hope that the talk of appointing John Aloisi is just talk as it will further alienate club supporters who will ask all the obvious questions starting with “why?”. Fans remain divided over TP, his final season’s results maybe have disappeared into the mists of time. Whatever the issues were at that time don’t appear to have gone away and a succession of short term appointments reflects very badly on the management and decision makers more so than the quality of the coach. Ignore Popa then but own up to making three further major errors – I say major as the time each held the position was relatively short and therefore was a poor choice in the recruitment stakes. Will anyone hold their hand up though and say “Mea culpa”?

Wanderers mysteriously move on Jean-Paul de Marigny as pre-season looms

its dangerous but quite good fun until someone starts throwing pointed barbs around and the rants start to appear. I always enjoy a debate on why the country doesn’t produce better quality strikers. There are some wonderful theories and we beat ourselves senseless worrying about it and arguing away and then you slow down and have a look at the global situation and you quickly begin to see why clubs are willing to part company with enough cash to eradicate world poverty in the hope that they will consistently see the opposition net bulging week in and week out and then look at the amount of money that could be said to have been “mis-spent”

From golden generation to lost generation: What went wrong with football in Australia?

much the same as the United class of 92 really. The club had a crop of players who came through the academy at the same time. I’m pretty sure West Ham had Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and John Terry in their academy at the same time. I know Tony Carr was revered for his work with the Hammers academy but it was still good fortune having such talent in the place at the same time. West Ham supporters of a certain generation always talk about how West Ham won the world cup for England as they contributed Peters, Hurst and Moore – no doubt greatly influential in 1966 but still all around good fortune.

From golden generation to lost generation: What went wrong with football in Australia?

I’ve enjoyed watching A.N since his Newcastle days. It always strikes me that he makes some difficult things look simple and some simple things look incredibly difficult – mainly in front of goal. I’m just glad that he isn’t another one disappearing overseas so we still get to enjoy his talent and that smart traditional haircut too.

Why Andrew Nabbout to Melbourne City makes sense

I’m greatly in favour of seeing more youthful sides in the A League but listening to conversations around grassroots this winter seems to be suggesting that it will be more B than A League and why should we be parting with the same amount of money?
WSW have significantly reduced prices of our tickets for next season but as we don’t exactly know what the season is going to look like, it is difficult to gauge.
Strange times.

Why 2021 is about to put the A back in the A-League

You echoed my underlying thoughts!

Is there room for a football State of Origin?

“But still, a football SOO might be more popular than the ACL”. I don’t disagree with you but totally fail to see why it isn’t more popular. It is an excellent competition at least up until the final. I hate it being split east and west but understand the rationale. I love the cat and mouse type of football it produces and would watch it anytime over about 70% of A League games. I even go and watch the blue half of Sydney in non covid seasons – well let’s face it, WSW have been way off the pace for a few years now!

Is there room for a football State of Origin?

I reckon it is a cheek to even mention Virgil and Harry in the same sentence!

Don't forget the red half of Manchester

I finally found someone who agrees with me in an assessment of Harry Maguire! To me he was bought to go toe to toe with their merseyside rivals after they purchased what I have described as the final piece of the Liverpool jigsaw and MU appeared to desperately want Liverpool to not have the record for the most expensive defender!
To me he isn’t fast or smart enough and is overvalued by about 70 million…I wouldn’t have him in most EPL sides never mind a fantasy X1!
Still, I realize it is all highly subjective but I don’t have any axe to grind either. As for being title contenders – well they were on the rise last year so why not? the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned. I want a top 6 shootout at least and that’s a rarity in almost every league globally.

Don't forget the red half of Manchester

I don’t disagree overall but we could dissect game by game. I went to Seoul for the semi-final and they were not outplayed there even though Vitor Saba was playing and must have turned the ball over a record number of times but they came away with a 0-0 draw and won the home leg. With Tommy Juric up front scoring regularly, they were always a threat yet their main weapon was the fact they were unpredictable and the odds were stacked against them in the final – but you look back and laugh at what happened that day….all power to Anton Covic!

Is three Popovics a few too many?

I’m struggling to get beyond the idea that the Greek second division is a place to prove yourself that will have people believe you can do more than coach in the A League. Nepotism is an ugly word and not one anyone in their right mind would really want to be associated with in a western democracy at least – good in some more despotic regimes I suppose.

Is three Popovics a few too many?

I usually look forward to the end of one season and within a month or so am starting to think about the next. With all the uncertainty and lack of ability to properly plan, this is a stressful time for one and all and I’m happy that there is a prolonged break now.
The A League isn’t in one place and it isn’t in another – the catholic church terms it as Pergatory! – the in between place where you have to cleanse and purge before reaching the next state!

I'm not sure how much more of the A-League I can take

Stuart,

My argument with the numbers game is that it fails to address the real level of interest in the game and it does nothing to make the league truly national. For far too long I have listened to so called experts telling us we have this many players – we are the biggest participation sport and therefore we should be able to attract large audiences particularly in metropolitan areas such as Sydney and Melbourne.
Where the argument falls down is that it takes raw data and extrapolates it often based on modelling from overseas where the culture is very different.
This is purely anecdotal evidence that I offer here but it is very real and very current. The grassroots club where I have played for years and coach a boys side and a ladies side has 3 adult teams. I have met with all three adult teams this season and asked a few pointy questions at every single player – that is a squad of 17 ladies, and 2 squads of 16 men. The first question I asked was whether they watch A League live in any form – going to games or on TV, paid or pirated, I didn’t care. Of 49 players I had 4 that gave a positive response and all 4 go along to games. A further 2 go along occasionally. Nobody else was interested and whilst it wasn’t the main thrust, I asked how many watched EPL and La Liga or anything else and got the same ones plus another 5 persons.
I asked the others why they play the sport and why they don’t watch the professional game. They love playing with friends, they enjoy the camaraderie, a beer/wine after the game, fitness and the like but they don’t enjoy watching the game, most of them at any level.
I surveyed my under 12 side this year – one child from 14 goes to games but 6 of them watch bits and pieces on YouTube and other platforms but not live games. Worryingly, 8 from 14 watch EPL and La Liga and love Mr Messi and 3 of them wear Barcelona shirts to training 4 Liverpool, 2 Man U, 1 Arsenal, 1 Chelsea One Juventus.
Whenever I am with a group of grassroots players, I ask similar questions and have done for quite a few years and whilst I have seen changes in the numbers, I do believe what I hear is a true reflection on the amount of interest there is and that is why I urge caution when people start using participation figures and population to make assumptions about the level of interest and likely attendances etc.
The end of season surveys that we receive from FFA and FNSW do not address the right issues imo and so they carry on regardless!

Sydney FC may have claimed the A-League trophy but Western United made the season