A-League records new low as just 990 people turn up to Western United v Newcastle game

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is soccer entering a new crisis?

A Monday night game away from Western United’s “heartland” and scheduling havoc caused by COVID-19 lockdowns were given as key reasons for the smallest crowd in A-League history turning up at AAMI Park.

Just 990 people turned up to watch Western United defeat Newcastle 2-0, 13 less than the previous low crowd of 1003 which watched now defunct North Queensland Fury play the Brisbane Roar on the Gold Coast in 2010/11.

Some at AAMI Park quickly questioned the official crowd figure too, suggesting there could have been as few as half of that in attendance.
HeraldSun

It would not be possible with that crowd for the club to make any money at all when you consider the cost of opening up the stadium.  Time to move these games to smaller regional or suburban grounds?

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

With that sort of attendance, how will Soccer Australia ever manage to pay back the $40M of taxpayer funds they obtained under false pretences for the purpose of buying just one vote for their useless World Cup bid?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

With that sort of attendance, how will Soccer Australia ever manage to pay back the $40M of taxpayer funds they obtained under false pretences for the purpose of buying just one vote for their useless World Cup bid?
justapassenger
The Lowy's have billions stashed away (Frank is worth about AUD$9 billion).  They should pay up!
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Do Australians even watch soccer in the first place? There's a reason why it used to be exclusive to SBS right up to the 2000s.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Yes, just not the A-League.
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
With that sort of attendance, how will Soccer Australia ever manage to pay back the $40M of taxpayer funds they obtained under false pretences for the purpose of buying just one vote for their useless World Cup bid?
justapassenger
Australia's World Cup bid was absolutely stone cold useless, but even if it was outstanding FIFA and especially Sepp Blatter wanted Qatar to host. You can imagine how many brown paper bags would have been bandied about?


Michael
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Australians tend to be fair weather sports fans, we love a winner but once yesterday's hero loses, it's 'oh, I never liked him/her/that sport, it's boring, for latté sippers blah blah blah'. Hence the continued love of AFL and NRL. No serious international competition, just the way an Aussie sports fan likes it. Witness how the popularity of cricket and rugby closely track the national teams performance. We'll always be a mid level football nation, so A League is fighting a losing battle.
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Australians tend to be fair weather sports fans, we love a winner but once yesterday's hero loses, it's 'oh, I never liked him/her/that sport, it's boring, for latté sippers blah blah blah'. Hence the continued love of AFL and NRL. No serious international competition, just the way an Aussie sports fan likes it. Witness how the popularity of cricket and rugby closely track the national teams performance. We'll always be a mid level football nation, so A League is fighting a losing battle.
billybaxter
With NRL, Rugby Union and Cricket you are guaranteed to see World Class players. Can you say that about Soccer here?

Soccer in this country had suffered for decades because of it being poorly structured. Soccer was fractured along state lines. The States basically ran soccer in this country. Too many clubs were based along ethnic lines, especially here in Victoria.

In the early days some matches would pull big crowds, I went to a Victory vs Sydney FC match at Marvel Stadium which pulled 50,000. Having said that, The A League isn't a great product. I d say it is on par with Lower Championship, top League 1 level in England. And when you have access to the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, why bother with the A League?


Michael
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The States basically ran soccer in this country. Too many clubs were based along ethnic lines, especially here in Victoria.
"mejhammers1"
Quite true, and some of the clashes that provoked were horrendous.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

With that sort of attendance, how will Soccer Australia ever manage to pay back the $40M of taxpayer funds they obtained under false pretences for the purpose of buying just one vote for their useless World Cup bid?
Australia's World Cup bid was absolutely stone cold useless, but even if it was outstanding FIFA and especially Sepp Blatter wanted Qatar to host. You can imagine how many brown paper bags would have been bandied about?


Michael
mejhammers1
Yes, it should never have been taken seriously. $50k for a scoping study is all that should have been allowed.

One wonders how much of the $40,000,000 was used for buying the German vote and how much made its way into offshore accounts of the Lowy family.
  8502 Chief Train Controller

The States basically ran soccer in this country. Too many clubs were based along ethnic lines, especially here in Victoria.
Quite true, and some of the clashes that provoked were horrendous.
Valvegear

There has been a conscious decision and work to remove those ethnic roots from the game with clubs being renamed away from ethnic names but I actually believe this happened too late.  I still believe the sport will only be a small sport in Australia and having any idea of a worldcup here is a vast waste of money.
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
With that sort of attendance, how will Soccer Australia ever manage to pay back the $40M of taxpayer funds they obtained under false pretences for the purpose of buying just one vote for their useless World Cup bid?
Australia's World Cup bid was absolutely stone cold useless, but even if it was outstanding FIFA and especially Sepp Blatter wanted Qatar to host. You can imagine how many brown paper bags would have been bandied about?


Michael
Yes, it should never have been taken seriously. $50k for a scoping study is all that should have been allowed.

One wonders how much of the $40,000,000 was used for buying the German vote and how much made its way into offshore accounts of the Lowy family.
justapassenger
Only because no bid other than Qatar, flaming human rights abusing, no football pedigree Qatar would have won.
Shows how utterly corrupt FIFA is.

Michael
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

All the more reason that Soccer Australia should not have had any part in the process and no taxpayer funds should have been allowed to be used.

The other nations bidding for 2022 were the USA, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Considering that the co-hosted 2002 tournament in Japan and Korea was quite successful and would be advantageous for Australian fans due to time zones, Soccer Australia should have put its support behind one of those bids (or advocated for a merger of the two) instead of submitting their own ludicrous bid that had neither the merit or the finances in its favour.

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