Wednesday, December 16, 2009

We Believe In Brisbane



Blogger Ed Vegas said...

"...a humble, but surprisingly loyal, fan base following a humble, but surprisingly gifted, team. All is not lost..."

Indeed. :)

December 18, 2009 3:12 pm  
Blogger john said...

Thanks Hamish
Hi Ed
My beef is that what is happening on the field and how many people turn up is being too influenced by the administration. I agree with that it needs change.

December 19, 2009 12:11 pm  
Anonymous Ed Vegas said...

John, Hamish,

I'm not as across the internal machinations as John, but I agree that the club has failed to grab hold of the greater brisbane footballing community.

I recon at this stage the tactic needs to be "what we have we hold". So the priority needs to be on looking after the most loyal fans and stopping the rot. As hamish points out, for an inexpensive team, the Roar Punch well above their weight. Our best players are as good as any in the A-League but they are either home grown (in Oz) like Zullo, Nicholls, Murdocca and Mackay or low profile imports like Henrique or Van Dyke. Personally I would not swap them for any returning socceroo or big name marque.

As the A-League matures (and despite the crowd trends there is no doubt that the football is improving) clubs will begin to organically form individual identities. The clubs which do this the most successfully will reap the rewards. The best example at the moment is Adelaide. I once combined on a blog that Adelaide where the most boring side in the a league and that despite the fact that they always beat us, I was glad I did not have to what them every week.

Bill from Pissant Town responded that Adelaide where scrappers and fighters and that is why the fans love them so much - Adelaide had begun to develop a personality - something for fans to grab hold of and identify with.

The end result is that in a small town, at the bottom of the table, Adelaide still have one of the best attendance records in the league.

The roar seem to me to be developing more by luck than by good management into the Arsenal of the A-League. A talented young squad who play good football on a budget. Arsenal have built there success on continuity, keeping their best players and developing their youth. Broadly the same could be said of the Roar... they also don't win much... but hey do you see empty seats at Emirates?

apologies for the long rant... cheers


December 20, 2009 1:01 pm  
Blogger john said...

Trouble is Van Dijk is being coy nexct year - sending all sorts of body language that he is off. Hopefully OS and not to Melb Heart.

Fox Sports are gagging for Oar to leave Roar early to go to world cup and then play next year in Europe. Thanks guys we will show just as much loyalty to you when the time comes.

December 20, 2009 4:10 pm  

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