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Raiders a team for the lower class? [With poll]

By johnboy - 2 August 2013 45

It has long been noted that when Raiders fans attend a Brumbies game they are astonished and alarmed by the displays of manners and courtesy from the crowd.

Sometimes they mistake basic decency for a thing they call “lack of atmosphere”.

In The Roar today Kane Cassidy is opining about why Wollongong is a better choice for an A-League team.

His argument seems to come down to a lack of scum in Canberra and what dregs we have already being Raiders fans:

The social makeup of Canberra is much different to Wollongong’s as well, a great deal of Canberra’s residents are upper middle class, privately educated children of higher level public servants meaning plenty of support for Canberra’s Rugby Union team.

I’m not saying that no one from a public school has ever watched or played Union, just that private schools are their bread and butter and the area’s relatively small lower class contingent already has the Canberra Raiders representing them (Call me classist if you want but without Queanbeyan the Raiders wouldn’t exist)

Thoughts readers?

Raiders fans are low class?

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45 Responses to
Raiders a team for the lower class? [With poll]
MERC600 1:47 pm 02 Aug 13

Have only been to one game of Rugby, and that was the first game of the Kookaburras. I was supposed to meet some mates there who were going to explain how rugger was played, but I couldn’t find them. I watched some of the game completely bewildered.
And what realy got me was when a try happened, instead of yelling out ” YOU FKN BEAUTY, KILL EM ” or some such , they all muttered “good show” and then clapped ! Hells bells…
All to much for me, I wandered off to the Kingo and threw down schooners; and caught my Collingwood team on the telly. Now there’s a team.

johnboy 1:28 pm 02 Aug 13

We just like a laugh.

And the criminal exploits of tattooed losers are always a crowd pleaser.

Actually we normally have other things to talk about.

2604 1:21 pm 02 Aug 13

Can someone pls explain to me why Brumbies fans:

a) Never shut up about the Raiders, and
b) Never stop trying to belittle the Raiders’ supporters?

HiddenDragon 12:36 pm 02 Aug 13

Someone (can’t recall who) once drolly observed that a player who moves from League to Union learns that youse is not, in fact, the plural form of you.

The Raiders were the Canberra Raiders in 1989, 1990 and 1994 (take that, Terry Lamb), the rest of the time, they truly have been the Queanbeyan Raiders.

Aside from providing photo opportunities for politicians (as do the Raiders) the Brumbies main purpose is to make our ra ras, and wannabe ra ras feel better about themselves, and take their minds of the fact that they’d really much rather be somewhere else, if only they could swing it.

Basically, I’m with you on this one, Barcham.

Primal 11:54 am 02 Aug 13

Can’t we just buy ourselves an English Premier League club and pretend to support them? It sounds like we’ve got the cash…

Barcham 11:16 am 02 Aug 13

A_Dragon said :

The level of bias against the Raiders & their supporter base on this site, encouraged by it moderators, is despicable. I have no doubt that if we were granted an A League licence that team would suffer the same unfortunate fate.

To be fair the only two people who moderate here are Johnboy and I. Now I can’t speak for Johnboy, but I try to maintain a reasonable, fair, and unbiased apathy towards all football teams and the various forms of footballs they play with.

chewy14 11:16 am 02 Aug 13

I wouldn’t say the Brumbies fans show manners and courtesy, rather it often seems to be a complete lack of interest or excitement in the game.

I’ve seen morgues that are more fun than the Brumbies members area.

And I’m a Brumbies fan.

ps its much more interesting at the Brumbies games sitting near the UC students, at least they look like they’re enjoying themselves.

neanderthalsis 11:12 am 02 Aug 13

A_Dragon said :

The level of bias against the Raiders & their supporter base on this site, encouraged by it moderators, is despicable. I have no doubt that if we were granted an A League licence that team would suffer the same unfortunate fate.

Really? There is the occasionally story about raiders players behaving badly and the usual moaning when they go down by a big margin, but I have seen no real entrenched bias against the Green men and their merry band of fans.

dungfungus 11:10 am 02 Aug 13

A_Dragon said :

The level of bias against the Raiders & their supporter base on this site, encouraged by it moderators, is despicable. I have no doubt that if we were granted an A League licence that team would suffer the same unfortunate fate.

The question is, can the ACT Government afford to fund another national football team?

watto23 11:08 am 02 Aug 13

Actually i think the type of crowd that would attend soccer/football games is different to league and rugby. In fact as someone who goes to both the class of the Brumbies crowd is less pretentious than it used to be. I’m not a Brumbies bandwagon jumper either, I went to games in their first season. I saw the Brumbies beat the Reds 21-19 (something close to that). However the crowd then was all about drinking champagne and wearing suits etc to the game.

I’d like to see an a-league team here it will probably draw 10,000 a game as well. Given in summer we have no highish profile male sports teams, it would probably work. Given the NQ and GC A-league sides failed though, they may be a bit shy to expand.

However right now even a winning Brumbies and Raiders sides are failing to draw crowds. I suspect the election and expense of going to games are the big reasons.

A_Dragon 11:03 am 02 Aug 13

The level of bias against the Raiders & their supporter base on this site, encouraged by it moderators, is despicable. I have no doubt that if we were granted an A League licence that team would suffer the same unfortunate fate.

poetix 11:01 am 02 Aug 13

There’s nothing like a really silly thread to cheer you up when you’re sick…

neanderthalsis 10:40 am 02 Aug 13

It is a well known stereotype fact that soccer is only played and supported by Sheilas, wogs and poofters. And the ACT being an elitist Geniocracy Kakistocracy, their kind is not welcomed here.

We only tolerate league as a means of distraction and amusement to keep the revolting peasants from revolting.

bundah 10:30 am 02 Aug 13

Well given that Johnboy is an ardent Brumbies supporter he wouldn’t be seen dead at a Raiders game surely??

joingler 10:13 am 02 Aug 13

I actually read this earlier this morning and was going to submit it myself. Looks like you beat me to it JB. Rightly or wrongly, he his arguments are based on stereotypes.

An A-league team in Canberra would be good, it’s the only way I’ll get involved

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