Some of Canberra’s leading political, business and sporting figures are getting behind Canberra’s A-League bid.
The Canberra bid has impressed the power-brokers at the Football Federation (FFA). However, competition is hot with consortiums from Wollongong and Western Sydney fighting Canberra for the last spot for 2010/11. A second Melbourne team is already guaranteed after the FFA relented on its one team one city policy.
Canberra’s bid is solid however more of the thousands of Football supporters/players in Canberra are needed for Foundation Membership. So far 763 have signed up – already more than the Central Coast had in its first year. Corporate membership is now available.
However, with backers like these the bid is looking optimistic:
Pawl Cubbin – Zoo advertising, the Academy, Rex Airlines
Andrew Fagan – Brumbies CEO
Bob Samarcq – Clubs ACT CEO
Liberal Leader – Zed Seselja
Neale Guthrie – Group general Manager, Canberra Stadium
Phil Lynch – Basketball great and media commentator
Alistair Coe – Liberal candidate for Ginninderra
Kate Lundy – ACT Senator
Gary Kent – Liberal candidate for Molonglo
John Mackay – ActewAGL
Andy Friend – Brumbies Coach
Michael Costello – ActewAGL
Jon Stanhope – Chief Minister
Steve Doszpot – Mr Football and Liberal candidate for Brindabella
Robert Leticq – Privileges Card
Gary Humphries – Senator for the ACT
Brendan Smyth – MLA
Zed Zelic – former Socceroo
Carl Valeri – Socceroo
Paul Murphy – Project Coordination
Eric and Theo Koundouris – Supabarn
Andrew Barr – ACT Sports Minister
Big money families backing the bid include – Koundouris, Platis, Lianos, Dimarhos
Kourpanidis, Konstantinou, Efkarpidis, Damiano, Dimarhos, Notaras, Sarris, Haridemos and many more.