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Gold Coast United folding – implications for a Canberra A-league side?

By astrojax 9 April 2010 10

News today has robbie fowler heading to the champions next season, but the fury surviving; however the gold coast franchise looks dead after the owner has pulled his funding.  the ffa seem certain to retain a ten team competition with the new melbourne heart franchise simply replacing the big-talking gold coast…

so, the question is, what are the implications of this for a canberra a-league side?  the heart were to have been the 11th side, creating a bye each round, which is not ideal for club nor competition, so a 12th team was then more likely. 

what chance do we have for a side now (if we ever get one, i rekkun we should be the canbera gryphons, in homage to our maker) – will robbie’s marqueeness in blue create enough of a buzz to draw crowds to football, per se, and so foment enough interest to warrant a second sydney team – and would this be enough to generate impetus for a 12th team, and so the creation of the mighty gryphons??

thoughts?  …and, if you don’t care about the beautiful game, keep your snide remarks to yourself, mebbe?

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Anna Key 8:22 pm 11 Apr 10

I was referring more to the 10,000 plus crowds that supposedly occur at evening games in July-August. And similar ‘large’crowds at other grounds. 15000 at the SFS for a Sydney FC game appears a lot bigger than a 15,000 crowd for Eastern Suburbs

Spitfire3 10:14 am 11 Apr 10

Me too, the place was pretty packed.

vg 11:50 pm 10 Apr 10

I was one of the 17,000+ there for the last Raiders game……and there definitely were that many

Anna Key 7:35 pm 10 Apr 10

vg said :

What are the implications for a Canberra A-League side?

Zero

It wont happen. They’d be lucky to pull consistent crowds of 5000…..and that makes Bruce look empty. And before someone pipes up with some about how the Raiders pull bugger all, there were 17,000+ at the last game and stable financial backing supporting the sport

Agree with the sentiments of a Canberra A League team, unfortunately. And the long term prospects for the expanded A League in general. I’m a football lover, but also a realist.

However, any future Canberra A league team should employ the same people that count the crowd at Raiders games. NRL crowd figures is a very specialised branch of mathematics that can demonstrate a stadium is two-thirds full despite the sparsity of people sitting behind the goals or in the grandstand opposite the tv cameras.

vg 4:53 pm 10 Apr 10

What are the implications for a Canberra A-League side?

Zero

It wont happen. They’d be lucky to pull consistent crowds of 5000…..and that makes Bruce look empty. And before someone pipes up with some about how the Raiders pull bugger all, there were 17,000+ at the last game and stable financial backing supporting the sport

WillowJim 11:24 am 10 Apr 10

Plenty of money in Canberra for a viable team. Only needs crowds of about 10,000 to be profitable, and it won’t compete with the rugby codes as it’s a summer league.

Ian 7:50 am 10 Apr 10

And the money to run a competitive Canberra team will come from?

Battlecat 4:34 pm 09 Apr 10

Gold Coast will always be shaky when they’re run by a crazy mega-rich guy and nothing else supporting them. If he gets bored with it they’re gone. FFA can’t prop up North QLD forever, bring on Canberra United!!!

astrojax 1:58 pm 09 Apr 10

sounds a lot like ‘the manager has the club’s full support’, usually verbatim text in a media release the day before the manager and the club ‘amicably’ part ways… 😉

Diggety 11:59 am 09 Apr 10

I hadn’t thought about this catalyst for a Canberra team, interesting though. I hope you are eventually right.

P.S. A bit of a fork in the works (below link).

http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/news/986422/Gold-Coast-fold-talk-rubbished

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