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  2. Am I the only one that opens this thread desperately hoping to see an update "ready next season"...seriously its killing me this wait.
  3. The corporate stand looks like the one at la bonbonera, anyway looks fantastic can't wait first game back full house rbb back to its best vamo Wanderers
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  5. Edinburgh

    David Squires Cartoons

    Haha - loved the Berisha goal!
  6. Erebus

    Gombau Sacked By Wanderers

    FFDU did a fan forum in Sydney and Melbourne a number of years before WSW were even mentioned. And in the Melbourne one, they were questioned why Hatamoto were employed and pointed out the head of Hatamoto sitting in the front row! Lyall Gorman was the head of HAL at the time and announced that Hatamoto contract was recently extended, which was met with a huge chorus of boos. Also, no real answer was given. As is usual.
  7. 633 – Wanderers Season Review The crew are all together to have a chat about Gombau’s sacking in more depth, review the players individually and discuss the final few games and what we would like to see next seaso. This is an extra long Around The Bloc. http://www.aroundthebloc.com.au/633-wanderers-season-review/
  8. As a Smurf you would say that, of course. Our view points regarding the preferential treatment, or being targeted, by FFA and media are very different, as are the views of "explanation" vs "excuse". When two do the same thing it is not the same. Smurfs walking into the active away bays at Allianz. No response from FFA. Had a subset of the RBB done the same at the other end, all hell would have broken lose. A Smurf stab a VIC supporter. Move on, nothing to see here. A man murders his wife. The DT goes out of their way to put a photo of the couple wearing WSW jerseys on the title page. The list goes on. Harper, the Smurf ex CEO, and Slater, Arnie's old buddies, giving weekly impersonations of objectivity - what a laugh. The points deduction threat - DeBohun's (over)reaction from Dec 2013/Jan 2014 hangs over the league like a smelly old fart. I wish they had deducted the points back then, and be over and done with it. The longer this lingers the more concerned FFA get of the ramifications for the league.
  9. Walked up church st on Tuesday night, heading to the riverside theatre, seriously got the feels with the great vibe the area has, haven't walked along there since we moved venues. Made me long for those pre-match meals and realise how poorly SOP rates. If we can hold it together for 1 more season, it will be epic.
  10. tranquilo

    Squad Development 2018/19 Part 1

    Club gets little over 10% of shirt sales, manufacturer in our case nike makes all the bucks. But that is why manufacturers pay the bucks to sponsor us so they can regain that money invested on sales of their kits. On the other side of the card a big player might bring more manufacturers wanting to bid for the rights for a team to sponsor especially if they know that player will be around for a few years and bring in more fans and more sales. Dominoes effect begins other sponsors would want to get on board and viewers local/international may also be keen to keep an eye on how that player evolves in their new club.
  11. Why did you steal my thunder, @blameturner?
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  13. tranquilo

    2017/18 UEFA Champions League

    Bayern had all the chances but in the UCL if you don't put away your chances then the opposition might. 2nd leg will be more cagey i sense, real look swift and dangerous on the counter.
  14. Carns

    David Squires Cartoons

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/ng-interactive/2018/apr/26/david-squires-on-an-unpredictable-a-league-finals-series?CMP=share_btn_tw
  15. Perhaps he also needs to reach out to disenfranchised Melb Victory fans as well and also work with Victorian police Vibrant Wanderers and Melb Victory games with full stands are what we need in the A-league
  16. That is more than Gallop has done on his entire tenure. I can only hope it continues. Perhaps you can ask him why we see the NSW Riot and Public Disorder Squad at all our games. On a slightly different note, please ask Greg if he knows that the Cove let off 3-5 flares during their march to ANZ last season. If he does then why was nothing done by both the NSW Police and the FFA.
  17. That was me regarding the reactive and proactive point! On that note, A bit of update from since we aired and recorded the show. Greg has reached out for a post final initial meeting to follow up on the issues off air to discuss further the overarching issues from fans (hard to get all comments and concerns on one 2 hour show). Greg appears genuine in wanting to right the wrongs and I'm optimistic especially considering he has reached out already to begin to bridge that gap. Of course, I don't represent the active fans and merely will meet as a mediator to relay the issues, and hopefully continue this meaningful conversation we've already managed to strike!
  18. That was a great listen ATB. Not sure i believed all of Greg O'Rourkes explanation on hatamoto. And he didnt quite answer the question from Tatiana on why the FFA does not seem to have aleague fans' back. That was probably the most discordant note for me. But, he does seem to give a shite about football in this country so there's that at least. Was it Nick who stated that one of the biggest problems with the FFA is that they are reactive rather than proactive? Great point and one which it seemed (as much as i can know from O'Rourkes words) they were trying to address. All in all, very informative. Love Simon Hill!
  19. JosephMizzi

    Central Coast Mariners: Season 2018/19

    I would rather have Carrusca then De Silva
  20. lloydy136

    Gombau Sacked By Wanderers

    great book by James Montague called the Billionaire's Club about exactly that. the reasons that these people invest in o/s football clubs - money laundering, 'image' laundering and especially in the case of russians it is protection just in case you happen to cross the big boss - harder to knock off someone known as the 'owner of big club fc'. travtovenko fits the profile perfectly.
  21. Paul01

    Central Coast Mariners: Season 2018/19

    What if we offloaded Sotirio, would you take Sotirio? Would you replace Carrusca with De Silva?
  22. Paul01

    Gombau Sacked By Wanderers

    And where does this so called Saint play Football now? in the heartland in the west. and on the Russian thing, looks like Eastern Suburbs FC is money laundering with the FFA looking on. No wonder they don’t get investigated for salary cap breaches
  23. 1. Yes, well done to the ATB crew and for organising such high calibre guests to give their views. 2. I was pleasantly surprised to hear from Greg O'Rourke about some good things that the FFA are doing behind closed doors, but they should come out and make it public, so that football fans are aware of them. But when he explained that the riot squad is required because of the march (and then they end up staying for the game to finish off their 6-hour shift because you can't send them home after a 1-hour march), I was disappointed that no-one pointed out to him that we've had riot police presence at every single one of our home games, despite NO marches before our home games at Olympic Park. And even after the RBB announced that they won't be turning up for the last few games of the season, there were still half a dozen riot police in each of the two isles leading to the active bays and they just stood there, completely useless, watching the empty RBB bay. WHY, please, WHY??? The ATB crew really needed to ask that question from Greg. 3. Simon Hill is the best, he just gets it. He should be running the independent A-League.
  24. Can’t say I agree. De Bohun would’ve sat there and done one (or all) of three things: - provide an answer that completely changed what the original question was - avoided the question all together - tried to wax lyrical about how the sky is in fact, not blue O’Rourke is a fairly straight shooter and took pretty much most of those questions head on.
  25. Absolutely brilliant. There was more information and insight gained from that 1h 40mins than every piece of correspondence from WSW, FFA and basically every A-League club put together over the last 5 years. The fact that not even Adam and Simon weren't aware of some of the stuff discussed says it all really. I still think he’s a bit of a dreamer but I must say that Greg O’Rourke at least genuinely seems to give a **** about what’s happening with the A-League. This probably isn’t a big thing for a lot of people but I’m impressed that he’s up to date with what elements there are to active support, eg actually using the word tifo and correct terminology. Little stuff like that shows an understanding. I can only take his words at face value and am willing to put a bit of faith in him but he still doesn’t seem to understand that if he communicated to the fans all of what he does behind the scenes then it would do a hell of a lot to improve relations. His attitude seemed to be oh well I know that I’m doing the right thing I don’t need to broadcast that to everyone. It all comes back to communication. Bravo to all involved, awesome stuff.
  26. Da Silva has the same get out clause that Buhagaharirar had for the Mariners sacking Okon. I assume they have the same agent (Grella). I'd take Da Silva.
  27. JackDoff

    Central Coast Mariners: Season 2018/19

    I just sold De Silva for $41.6 million in FIFA 18!
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