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Canberra A League Team?

By FredJ - 20 June 2008 32

Do people reckon anyone would support an A league soccer team in Canberra? I’m from England and, despite what your press would have you believe, rugby and cricket are just minority side-issue sports over there and they bore me rigid…

[Ed (Kramer) – Everyone please me kind to FredJ, he must be suffering from heatstroke.]

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Canberra A League Team?
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justbands 2:26 pm
20 Jun 08
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It’s not just *our* press…I quite enjoyed the Rugby channel on TV when I stayed in London. Soccer was certainly No.1 though, yes. Rugby League was almosy unheard of, despite the fact there was a “world cup” on while I was there. Personally, it’s soccer that bores me rigid….that said, I think there’s reasonable support for an A League team here..I’d probably venture out to watch them once or twice myself even.

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Kramer 2:32 pm
20 Jun 08
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justbands – I agree if anything bores anyone rigid its soccer, especially with its nill all results.

Next thing you’ll be telling us that England is a great place to live and we should all move there.

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FredJ 2:36 pm
20 Jun 08
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“Next thing you’ll be telling us that England is a great place to live and we should all move there.”

Nah – I moved over here for a reason…still I reckon if we should persuade a few people to go. “We’re not bad parents”, “don’t drink”, “don’t speed”, etc.

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RAGD 2:49 pm
20 Jun 08
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FredJ, There would be some support for an A-League team here. Canberra has some very good football(soccer) teams here and a lot of players have come from and/or have spent time in Canberra , Carl Valeri, Lindsay Wilson even Joe Simunic (croatia) to name a few. Canberra also has a lot of registered players ,although most would be juniors…

The problem we have in Canberra is that we are really not loyal to our sporting teams. Canberra loves a winning team, no matter what sport, unfortunately when that team doesn’t win the Canberra support starts to falter. There is always the hardcore fans that would a support their team no matter what, but I dont think that they are enough to be viable.

Unfortunately, in the world of proffessional sport (especially Football) money talks. I dont see Canberra as being big enough. Being able to drum up enough support to draw crowds in through the gate week in and week out might be a bit of a problem.

Having said that, I hope that I am wrong. I would love to see an A-League team here.

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Overheard 2:52 pm
20 Jun 08
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Agree with RAGD. Crowds at the games played by the Canberra team in the forerunner to the A League were sometimes embarrassingly small.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canberra_Cosmos

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The Axe Man 2:56 pm
20 Jun 08
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FredJ now that you’ve left the Motherland it’s time to embrace real football – Aussie Rules.
May I suggest you support the mighty Hawthorn Football Club. Jump on board the Buddy express because all spots are almost gone

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justbands 2:57 pm
20 Jun 08
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They (Cosmos) averaged 2 or 3 thousand a game each season…I reckon an A League team would easily double that (higher profile of the comp) without even trying. With some promotion (& yes, some good results) I’m sure they’d pull enough punters through the gates to make it viable. The Brumbies still get around 14000 (at a time when they’re not as good as they once were), Raiders probably get around 8000 or so a game (bit of a guess). We’re not all that fickle as a crowd really.

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FredJ 3:04 pm
20 Jun 08
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Axe Man: I lived in Melbourne for a year. Couldn’t get into AFL there, so don’t think there’s much hope up here. Even went to a Carlton, Collingwood game at the G with 98,000 others (interesting but still not my cup of tea).

Overheard: Those crowds really were pitiful – I think that probably answers my question.

So now I’m just left with the problem of whether to follow England or the Sooceroos in SA 2010 – let’s see who gets through first…please don’t mention Euro 2008 anyone.

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Overheard 3:04 pm
20 Jun 08
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justbands said :

They (Cosmos) averaged 2 or 3 thousand a game each season…I reckon an A League team would easily double that (higher profile of the comp) without even trying.

True. It’s a different playing field (no pun intended) with the A League. I’m just wondering how any corporate sponsors out there with long memories may have their enthusiasm tempered by history.

I know nothing of local football politics or finances so can’t comment on how a business model might be put together/hang together.

But it needs grass roots support from football supporters, and I don’t believe you don’t get that by consigning all the viewing rights to Pay TV. (OK, so I’m starting to get REALLY desperate about where to find the Netherlands game live on Sunday morning! Tried one of those links last night in the previous ‘Football’ blog and luckily my security system caught the virus that tried to piggy-back its way onto my laptop.)

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Overheard 3:10 pm
20 Jun 08
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FredJ: “please don’t mention Euro 2008 anyone.”

Oops! Sorry! Simultaneous posts.

“I lived in Melbourne for a year. Couldn’t get into AFL there, so don’t think there’s much hope up here. Even went to a Carlton, Collingwood game at the G with 98,000 others (interesting but still not my cup of tea).”

I used to play Australian Rules as a kiddie, but I just find it a bit scary as an adult that people can take it so seriously. (And I realise the hypocrisy (spelling?) in that as I’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to watch World Cup and Euro games at all silly hours of the night.)

Nine years ago I too went to a game at the MCG (only Australians could find a way to abbreviate ‘MCG’!) and while the game was a spectacle, the way the supporters carried on was surreal. Put me off for ages, though I’ve since been to a couple of games.

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FredJ 3:15 pm
20 Jun 08
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Thanks overheard – I was going to check out the link (from the previous blog) myself – won’t bother now. Hope you manage to see the game.

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Overheard 3:22 pm
20 Jun 08
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The link later in the ‘Football’ thread might be kosher, but I sort of got cold feet after the first experience. One of the few times I’ve seen my live virus killer spring into action and snavel something coming in. I went and renewed my security centre subscription immediately!

As for Sunday, it might be radio, sad to say. Last time I listened to a football match on radio was in the car in a camping ground at Antwerp, sweating on Nederland qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. Every TV set in Antwerp was (quite reasonably) switched onto the Belgian game. It just ain’t the same on radio.

Oh, and while I’m about it, I’m taking this piece from my previous post out (“..and I don’t believe you don’t get that..”) and having it shot! Don’t not never use double negatives.

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PM 3:34 pm
20 Jun 08
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Australia’s going well at the moment – that might help increase Canberra’s interest in soccer.

And while we’re here – both “soccer” and “football” are appropriate terms. I am informed by a half-Welshman that soccer is a British shorthand version of “Association Football” ie the ‘soc’ bit in asSOCiation.

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Overheard 3:39 pm
20 Jun 08
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PM said :

And while we’re here – both “soccer” and “football” are appropriate terms. I am informed by a half-Welshman that soccer is a British shorthand version of “Association Football” ie the ‘soc’ bit in asSOCiation.

Correct, though (and Fred can pull me up here if I’m wrong), it’s totally lost currency in the UK and the rest of the world (130+ national associations) refer to it as ‘football’. Australia and the USA are the only/main abstainers.

I only lived in England for a year, but any time I used the phrase ‘soccer’, I got blank stares and baffled queries. ‘What was that about your socks?!’

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Crikey 4:41 pm
20 Jun 08
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The A-League is a whole new ball game. Crowds have sharply increased for all the A-League ‘cities’ accept for Perth who have not been able to get their act together. Canberra could do well in the A-League and I think they would attract a decent crowd but money (sponsorship) is the main problem.

I hear that the last Chair of the Canberra Cosmos, Danny Moulis, is Chairing a Capital Football backed committee to investigate a Canberra team for the A-League but has failed to deliver anything.

BTW…the Central Coast Mariners are playing the ACT Rockets in a friendly at Canberra FC’s new ground (in Deakin) next Friday (27 June) at 7pm.

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