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  1. 28 points
    BigDukes

    Boozers in Parra on Game Day

    Yes. We approached them in the off season and got the same answer Collector had first choice, but then withdrew wanting to do anything with RBB 1 week before the leeds game without any notice. Local police were very accommodating in our discussions and were on board with our suggestion with using the Crown Hotel on Church St. This choice also allows us to conduct Marches down Church Street once again in a smooth and entertaining manner, allowing those eating on Eat Street to join in the marches also. The people at the Crown have been fantastic so far, they are Wanderers fans themselves and have invested in large TV screens in the upstairs Bar areas for home and away matches and will also be putting on meal and drinks specials on certain match days. This will be the official home of the RBB and any wanderers fans for the foreseeable future and I encourage others to join us there
  2. 23 points
    andypk

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    OK, I've figured out how to get the umlauts on his name but now tell me this, how do I get two black pen marks off my computer screen?
  3. 21 points
    Paul01

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    On the game Lopar and Schwegler were outstanding. Baccus poor in the first half much improved in the second half. Loved seeing him tackle Silvera and win the ball routinely. Meier is not match fit and we need an AM to feed him. Some said Tass had a bad game. From my seat, I saw him close down multiple passes in the air and on the ground. Duke, despite the 2 goals, still looked short of a Gallop. We sparked up when Adam and Grozos came on. Here endth the sermon
  4. 18 points
    probably an announcement that we survived a training session without an injury
  5. 17 points
    Last week was lucky, this week we were boss. What a contrast to last week's performance. Only sh!t performance this week is the server (again)
  6. 17 points
    marron

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    What do you mean may? She's got ABJ, doesn't she? That's a german root right there. (He probably gets puffed out two thirds of the way through though).
  7. 17 points
    xposedPatricK

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf8kAeK3w_4 injures his knee while celebrating a goal. perfect for us
  8. 16 points
    scarcev

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    It was ugly but last year and the few years before we lose that game after going one down. Losing Elrich early and having to use all 3 subs with 20 to go with plenty of not fit players in Round 1 is usually recipe for defeat so it was a good 3pts and the type of bonus 3 points we haven't been getting since we moved to the shitholes. On another note, loved the smoking ceremony, and more importantly the reaction of the supporters, sometimes people don't see the value in those sort of things (and that is fine that is their choice) but it doesnt hurt to show respect and great to see everyone did. I know behind the scenes the club is currently putting together a RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan being the first A League club to do so hopefully) to further engage the Indigenous community seeing as Western Sydney has the highest Indigenous population in Australia (not as a ratio of population but pure number wise) so to see this sort of thing is awesome. Hopefully one day an Indigenous jersey comes out for an FFA Cup game or something it will look smoking in those colours.
  9. 16 points
    102megan

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    So I missed the first 20 min of the match - due to racing back from attending a Wedding at Central Coast Stadium!! Luckily we had the blessing from the Bride and Groom to leave the Reception early. 😅😅 Upon walking into the stadium - I was in awe of it all. Seeing so many familiar faces, who used to frequently frequent (?) games at Parra, but were (understandably) scarce at Sydney Olympic Park games. There was a point where in the concourse, I wasn’t able to walk two metres without someone seeing me and saying hi or vice versa! I was in awe of the atmosphere too - walking towards the stadium could easily hear the RBB from over 200m+ away. Walking into the seating (standing areas...) it had that imposing feel that I’ve only ever also felt at Suncorp Stadium! 👌
  10. 16 points
  11. 16 points
    Wanderboy

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    2 more positives to add to my above post. 1. We finally have a walk out song, and it appears that the FFA has been told to **** off with loud music and screaming ground announcers. It was so much better, not just for us onlookers, but for the players and tv as well. Well done clubs and new owners of the A-League. 2. Cops were largely unnoticed. Plenty there for the march, but kept their distance. We could be on a winner here finally, as long as we don't **** up. Does anyone have a pic of the two tifo's?
  12. 16 points
    Sithslayer1991

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    People critical of Meier including myself due to fitness. However there were moments where you could see the talent. few moments of lay off passes and bringing others to play. But my pick was when Wilmering was brought on first cross landed at Meier's feet and took a touch to beat his player before a shot on target. It was a moment of class although he did not score. We absolutely need him fit he is 3 weeks into pre-season and off the pace
  13. 16 points
    Wanderboy

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    The best part about this evening other than the win? Not being at ******* Homebush! It was chalk and cheese compared to our three years of shite results, atmosphere and game day experience at that hole of a precinct. Wow, tonight was just like the old days. I feel so at home already. Who'd have thought, just 7 years ago, that we would have grown into warranting a stadium of this caliber and quality? How good is it!!!! Although, being in the back row of the upper deck, I counted 65 straight steps up to my row, not including the access stairs to each aisle and those little bits around the stair openings. I don't understand why drop down oxygen masks weren't provided for the upper seats. For someone my age, it was like trying to climb Everest. Fantastic view though once there. Already, it seems our supporter base also feels back at home. Crowd involvement was just like the old Pirtek. The RBB were back to their best. Great to also see tifo's back. Just about our best ever tifo considering we can now do it over two levels. Loved the gold star!! Thank god we won, because this is what we need to make this a fortress. The Eels, who have suffered similar shite seasons to us, proved that being back at home made a hell of a difference to their results and they grew their crowds and success. I'm hoping we can do the same, and then we can start getting back to the crowds we had at Pirtek, plus some. It's up to Marcus and the lads to not let this opportunity pass. I'm not sure that tonight was the greatest advertisement for that going forward, but it was a start. We won. Despite, in my opinion, playing poorly, it's amazing how much a win lifts the spirits of fans. We need it to continue. Next weeks game against Victory is just as important as this evening's game. A win or draw next week, and the derby the following week will be an absolute cracker in all respects. In saying all that, we'll need to play a whole lot better next week. Finally, Babbel's fashion sense is still as fine as ever. He looked very classy again tonight. I expected nothing less, and he delivered.
  14. 15 points
    Pup55

    Western Sydney Stadium Open

    F*cking coffee snobs. You're at a football game at 5pm in the afternoon - drink beer.
  15. 15 points
    scarcev

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    might be on my own here but geez that ref sure showed us how bad our regular guys are, thought he had a great game.
  16. 14 points
    Erebus

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    Season is a marathon, not a sprint. Winning ugly in Rd1 is fine. I urge you to recall our first season and how long it took for us to really hit our stride.
  17. 14 points
    Victory

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    17k on a rainy Saturday against CCM is a fantastic crowd...imagine what Saturday night games will get on a fine summer night?
  18. 14 points
    ManfredSchaefer

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    On the matchday experience: 10/10 Can't complain about anything that was experienced off the pitch. The Royal Oak was pretty busy but had no issues catching up with a few hools, getting some beers into us and generally getting back into the vibe of being home. The march was good value and, both there and during the rest of the day, the coppers & seccos were very laid back. Had a minor bit of silliness having to change lines to enter via Gate B, but the new clear/see-thru bag was a great way to ensure no hassles. The stadium is a pearler and everything went smoothly vis-a-vis seating, view, accessing food & drink, club activations etc. The flag was a nice touch and from where me and my fellow sokkah hools were we really got the bennie of a pumped up RBB. Thought they were 100% on song from go to woah...impeccable active support that hopefully won over a few new fans or maybe gave some of the haters a reason to pause. Perhaps the only disappointing thing was the smoking ceremony & welcome to country was not given enough 'clear air' to make a real impact. I would have been far happier to have that get our attention than the bloody national anthem. It was a great thing to see our indigenous heritage being recognised. On the game: 7/10 A real workmanlike effort by a squad that is a little flat and has a few injury concerns against an oppo who played far better than we expected and were coached really well. It's obvious that we have a big hole in the centre with no Raddy...Sulivan was not the solution. Lopar was huge, as was the iconic Dukey. We probably looked our worst in that period around the Dynamo Woy Woy goal when Georgevski was playing on the opposite side to his normal role, Meier looked flat and not match fit but he did have one very decent shot. As soon as Mo came on we shifted up a gear...Babbel will earn his dollars trying to work out how to play Mo & Fussballgott in the coming weeks. We were pretty decent defensively but it was in the midfield we broke down too many times in the first half. As for that VAR decision, yeah, we'll take it. Bottom line is that it was almost identical to last night's pen awarded to the smurfs against Adelaide. If it's going to be consistent then okay...let's keep it going. Has to be said though the time it took was ridiculous. End of the story is we are back home. Things have changed a little, but we have left behind the shite that was SOP and reclaimed Parramatta. Feel fooking brilliant
  19. 14 points
    lloydy136

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    Interesting to hear babbel talk during the match about changes he made at half time - dropping duke back to stop us being outnumbered in midfield. Changes that gumby seemed incapable of making. I really think we need to change shape or we will see every team exploit us the way the coasties did, box in our attacks against the sideline, force turnover, then quick hitting balls in behind the wingbacks which then pull the back 3 out of shape. Needs to be fixed asap or we are look at a couple of pantsings coming up. Lots of positives too though - schwegler is neat, adam's movement gave them a lot of trouble and jurman was a boss, the kid wilmering held up ok too.
  20. 14 points
    jealous of everyone getting to see this one in the flesh. Huge day in the club's short history - moving in to a stadium of this quality that suits watching football seemed like pure fantasy when we started this thing. It is massive and should unlock the potential of the club. will be watching from a distance and trying to resist the urge to jam pencils in my ears to block out the fox commentators. wish I could share some of the optimism on here about what we might see on the park - am not convinced with 3 at the back or with mcgowan. i think the boss overestimates the ability of oz players to adapt tactically. last year the CBs and WBs had no idea about positioning/marking/who was responsible for who and it seemed not much had changed based on the ffa cup schmozz in melbourne - am worried we will leak stupid goals again all year. Regardless of what happens though this is a huge day - fancy new stadium, back in parra, safe standing, rebuilt squad with plenty to get excited about. Get amongst it!!!!!!!!!!
  21. 14 points
    WSWJACK

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    just got to say I'm gutted for Rado, it's a hit for the Wanderers and life will go on, but it must be absolutely gut wrenching for him, all the best mate hope it pans out well for you in the coming months.
  22. 14 points
    Upthehill

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Throw the kitchen sink at Jedi. Leroy disgraced himself on the way out, he may not be keen on coming back. Troisi... well he’s there. Kind of like that hot girl from high school you see at a party 5 years later. She doesn’t look so crash hot any more, and plenty of others have taken her for a spin. But then you remember you’re not a stud yourself any more after a few hundred too many beers and a receding hairline - match made in heaven for a one night stand. Besides, you nearly banged a few times and you’re still wondering what it would be like
  23. 13 points
    I think we can forget ziggy. He's pure stardust.
  24. 13 points
    Erebus

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    I think people need to realise and accept that the first couple of seasons was boosted by a tonne of bandwagoners, in active and non active. What you got in RBB was it. Either the bandwagoners are gone and/or FFA have lost quite a few over the years for various reasons. Also, because it's safe standing, everyone packs in to the middle bay instead of spreading out.
  25. 13 points
    wendybr

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    Great first night back in Parra, at our new home! Agreed with WB's previous post and this one on match experience....except (predictably for me) for Glorious as the walkout. Still sounds like a pompous funeral march to me ...but it was good to have something as a dedicated walkout, and it worked much better here than at the old stadium. The club and the RBB must be working well together to have ironed out clashes of interests about how the walkout should occur, which is a positive. And I love our goal celebration music ...but hope we get to sing to it. The RBB was sensational! Funniest moment was when the RBB attempted to get the corporate stand involved with WDWSF, and then rightly thought better of it. Will leave the on-the- pitch analysis to those of you with the skill to do it (good to read your insights)....but I was glad to see CCM competitive with us, grateful we got the win, and that it was an entertaining game. Certainly one of our better opening games to a season.
  26. 13 points
    lloydy136

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    Also meant to say that lopar made some quality saves and was a big positive too.
  27. 13 points
    how goods the pre game feed how goods the march how goods the stadium how goods the win feel how farked are my knees after getting to my nose bleed seat how goods the RBB how goods the atmosphere in the last 10 mins how good is it to be back
  28. 13 points
    Forecast: Precipitation 80% TYPICAL!!
  29. 12 points
    Prydzopolis

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    I must admit that my game day didn’t go to plan: No pre match meet up, no march, wasn’t able to take in much of the match cause I was freaked out over losing my little one down many flights, making sure he was occupied & wasn’t really able to talk to anyone even though I was surrounded by many lovely people Still was great to be back, loved the walk to the stadium, seats fantastic, surrounded by wonderful people at the game, my little ones first game & a win! How good! I must admit that you guys have me feeling a little more upbeat about our season after reading through this thread, I didn’t think the performance was great & feel like the mariners deserved more from the game. This game & our last against city have showed that teams know how to adapt against our 3-4-3. I know many are underdone & still have a few to come back but after what I’ve seen over the weekend we still have to make many strides forward before we are in any shape to challenge for the title. Referee: Fantastic, really is head and shoulders the best referee we’ve got now. Got to admire how he let the game flow, allowed some stuff to go & kept on top of things. Don’t blame the delay for VAR intervention on him, the ball needed to go out before he could intervene but should have stopped the game in a neutral part of the field to speed up the process. I know AMFG looked bad but he is sorely lacking match fitness. Let’s not forget he is 36 & will be adapting to Australian pitches. We can’t afford him to be running down lost causes, got to be smart in the way we play with him in order to get the most out of his 30-60min cameos. Important to think of his performances with these factors in mind, as a result I didn’t think he was that awful or deserved much of the criticism leveled at him. My little one spent the whole of the next day waving the flag around the house
  30. 12 points
    EmMac

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    What a feeling to be back at Wanderland. And the catchup in the Royal Oak was a fab start to the proceedings. Great to see so many forumites there....i haven't met you all, hope to do so on future occassions, but i saw/chatted with Manfred, Stringer, whacko, Pseudonym, AndyPK, JackDoff On the game, we did the job. I was comfortable enough with our performance and I'm confident enough with our potential that i think we will be very competitive. I watched Meier and its clear he's not match fit. But he was watching the play like a hawk and looking for space and his passing was laser sharp. He's got the goods. I didn't rate Sullivan. He looked out of position and late to react to some of the play, but i am happy to be corrected I thought Wilmering was great. Alert and responsive to what was going on around him. Jurman was epic Weve got a wzy to go and next week will be a real test to convert potential to actual dominant, goal scoring play
  31. 12 points
    SBW

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    Good day out today I'll start off with the match day experience: it was a wet day, may have scared a few thousand people off today but you can feel the good vibes in the city. Not really a party atmosphere but it did felt like we are home. The stadium: I sat in the northern end above the RBB, would have loved to be down there but my days of being active are over, just want to enjoy watching the match live with my old man, the view was great, can pretty much see the whole field and be able to look down on the RBB and enjoy their choreo. 17k is a very decent crowd, could've been 20k but wet weather makes fans to think twice about coming to the game. I also noticed the banners on the eastern side of terrace where it mentions suburbs of Western Sydney and in also noticed a few of them were from MacArthur FC territory. Well played WSW management. The RBB: It's great to see them being active again, but they're still down on numbers, it seems half their members are still serving their bans and hopefully they have a return once their bans have finished. Liked how they got the whole stadium to get involved with the Dale Cavese and WDYSF. The match: So when I saw the lineup, my first thought was where is our pace? Where is Ziegler? At KO I thought we looked very slow, our passes were being cutout way too easily. CCM overloaded their midfield and as soon as they win the ball they go on the counter. I think it's unfair to discount the Mariners this season, Staj looks like he has his team setup very well and they got very lucky with the goal. And was Samuel Silvera part of our youth team and if he was why did we let him go? Meier for me just looked gassed after 30min, he was barely doing any running, don't want to criticise but I think another 3 or 4 weeks he can get fit. I know he is quality but he needs match fitness. When Meier came off and Adams came on, I thought that Mo changed The game for us, we lacked pace upfront and I was happy that he gave that extra edge in attack. Grozos did so much better, his running, passing and ball control was superb. I'd like him to start the next game as our no.10. Overall, I'm so happy that we got the 3pts today and I cannot wait to come back for the Derby in 2 weeks time!
  32. 12 points
    @ManfredSchaefer, I must say you sound a little cranky this week. I know the Bavarian has gone missing....possibly forever, hence, so have your game day pork knuckles. I also realize right wing media shits you to tears. I know most Fox Sports commentators grind your gears. But geez man, we are back at our beloved home after 3 infuriating years at that Soulless dump and also the oversized shitty ANZ in a precinct that provided as much entertainment as attending the Brownlow Medal evening would. It was dire. We are back at Parra. We are back at Eat street. We are back at Wanderland. And, it wouldn't be the same at Wanderland without rain being forecast. We have safe standing, a police force that might now be kind to us, a march beckoning. The RBB are talking to the club and the cops in a positive light. We have an LAC who is a football fan (apparently) and you'll be eating/drinking at the Royal Oak pre-match on a regular basis. All the moons are aligning. If FCB's predictions for the season are even remotely close, we have a lot to be excited about. It's time to cheer up buddy. PS. This is my glass half full post for the day.
  33. 12 points
    ZachMercer

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    I liked Martinez. Don't get me wrong, I didn't think he was Marquee level, but I always felt that in the right team he would have proven to be very dangerous. If we had him now as a replacement for Rady I'd be happy, but I'm no expert.
  34. 12 points
    How good is it to have a match thread going? 5 months is too long!
  35. 12 points
    btron3000

    AFL Thread 2

    I am at home with work to do so put the game on (to cheer against the Midgets). I lasted until partway through the second quarter. What a stupid game. I don't have an issue with the "one point for a miss thing", but to allow the defending team to knock it over for a point is ridiculous. But most of all, it's just so devoid of skill, apart from shooting at goal. It's a big scramble. At one point some guy was half in the clear with ball in hand and spun around and the commentator bellowed "A full 360!!". I'm thinking "champ, it's not like he was balancing on a board going down a wave or in mid air above snow. Or controlling a ball at his feet while he spins". Seriously, if you can't spin around while running you probably don't deserve to be a professional sportsman. If you can run all day and have half decent hands you can play this game. If you have **** hands you can be a defender and just punch.
  36. 11 points
    LeeMarvin

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Well they are primarily an AFL nation, football isn't very big over there.
  37. 11 points
    Smoggy

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Got a text to say that Wanderers has signed Müller.......at 73 I thought Gerd was getting on a bit
  38. 11 points
    Davo

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    The Newcastle Herald had an interesting take on our game in today's paper.
  39. 11 points
    Davo

    Western United

    You have three hands?
  40. 11 points
    hughsey

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    Yeah I thought the referee was excellent. He certainly could blow a whistle, Jesus !
  41. 11 points
    Wanderboy

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    I'm hearing that Bridge will be as well.
  42. 11 points
    Neverbloom

    Duke Double Opens Stadium

    first thing i have to say was how great it was to see so many familiar faces again, at times felt like a family reunion, apart from having to see goat again it was nice seeing everyone really reminded me of the old days, on the stadium holy **** i knew it was going to be steep but not that steep i planned on going to the top but with my fear of heights never going that high i loved how steep it was, we were pretty terrible but so were CCM most likely didnt deserve the win but i'll take it nice to be back at parramatta
  43. 11 points
    First time being at the new stadium and loved it. Definitely one of the best stadiums in Australia. As soon as I got there they did the birthday announcements so I was happy to see my name on the big screen. I was near the active bay so got a great view of Duke's penalty goal and the handball. It was a clear handball as well and I said to my partner this will be a penalty for the Wanderers as the VAR took so long. Got to admit, it wasn't the best performance from the boys to get 3 points but hey, I'm ok with it. Victory will be a challenge next week. And now its time to get home, drink a 6 pack of beer and celebrate the rest of my birthday.
  44. 11 points
    I look back to season starts from the last 3 years at Spotless, how long did it take us to win the first game at Spotless again? It felt like we would never win a home game. Yes there were faults, but so happy to win the first game, hoping that other things will start to click together. Loved the tier above the RBB getting involved, and the final 10mins was Parra of old atmosphere...
  45. 11 points
    I prefer to still place the blame on whoever mentioned he was a soccer player, and not an au pair.
  46. 11 points
    Davo

    A-League 19/20 Round 1

    FFS all last season ABJ got hacked and the refs gave him nothing. First league game for the smurfs and he just got a free kick when there was no contact with another player.
  47. 11 points
    TheSweeper

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    We will return .
  48. 11 points
    Taurus

    Boozers in Parra on Game Day

    Thanks for posting @BigDukes I knew about most of the content of your post, from my discussions with the Woolie, but didn't think it appropriate to elaborate on here. It's disappointing that the decision doesn't rest with Eric, as I've always found him far minded & accommodating. I can understand there position to a point, as the RBB would quickly outgrow the venue again, which may again have a flow on effect on their current business model. But seriously, to deny mainstream WSW supporters such as members of this forum, with an opportunity to gather in reasonable numbers (50 max) & support their revenue base, whilst not taking over the venue, is nonsensical. Anyway, it's best we put all that crap from the last 3 years of being a nomadic tribe behind us & raise a glass to a fruitful & stress free season, both on the pitch at Wanderland 2.0 & in the terraces.
  49. 11 points
    ZachMercer

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 1

    Draw. Big deal I say. Players returning and some new faces getting a run. This was always going to be a training game. As long as no one limped off the park I'm happy.
  50. 11 points
    Kitto

    Jokes

    A blind man wanders into an all Girls Biker Bar by mistake. He finds his way to a bar stool and orders some coffee. After sitting there for awhile, he yells to the waiter, 'Hey, you wanna hear a blonde joke?' The bar immediately falls absolutely silent. In a very deep, husky voice, the woman next to him says, 'Before you tell that joke, sir, I think it's only fair, given that you're blind, that you should know five things: 1) The bartender is a blonde girl with a baseball bat. 2) The bouncer is a blonde girl. 3) I'm a 6 foot tall, 80 kilo blonde woman with a black belt in karate. 4) The woman sitting next to me is blonde and a professional weightlifter. 5) The lady to your right is blonde and a professional wrestler. Now, think about it seriously Mister, do you still wanna tell that joke? The blind man thinks for a second, shakes his head, and mutters, 'No, not if I'm gonna have to explain it five times.'
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