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  1. NickNova

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    What I do outside of work/football.
  2. 732 - Home Coming FINALLY, THE WANDERERS HAVE COME BACK…HOME It feels like an eternity since our last game in 2015 in Parramatta but over 25,000 were in attendance to watch our first game back against English big boys Leeds United. Turner and Tats were there and they give us their insight into the night along with the long off-season, football news from around the country plus your feedback on your return home. This is around the bloc. Episode 732 - Home Coming
  3. If they play a high line go off the Nix's tactic of having AB10 feeding balls in behind for Kamau and Jaush to run onto. That being said, VAR will save SFC.
  4. ATB Extra: The Western Sydney Wanderers Youth Academy While the Wanderers are successful in their own right in their short A-League and Australian football history we should want to keep this success ongoing for the future. Nick was able to get an insight into the Wanderers youth academy set-up as he had a chat with Ian Crook and some of the youth teams coaches. This is Around The Bloc. The Western Sydney Youth Academy
  5. He was salivating to get his mouth ready for Arnold...
  6. 631 - Theventh Heaven Mediocrity should not be rewarded and thankfully for us, it wasn’t. A narrow 3:2 loss to a resurgent Adelaide United meant the Wanderers were knocked out of the top six and now get to regroup or find new clubs for next season (we’re used to it). Turner, Tats and Nick discuss the shambles of the game, plus also looking at the winners of the Wanderer’s medals, looking into the knock-out ‘semi’s’ for this week and our State of the Game podcast with Fox Sports hosts and special guests. This is around the bloc. http://www.aroundthebloc.com.au/631-theventh-heaven/
  7. ATB Live FIFA Preview - WSWvADL Round 27 Season 17/18 Have a geez lads.
  8. ATB Live FIFA Preview - WSWvADL Round 27 Season 17/18
  9. Erebus makes way too much sense for some people.
  10. These comments increase my hangover. Sure, no active support may mean **** all to some of you and you may argue it's not needed, but to us who are active it means a lot and is the big difference between us and other sports. Best 45 mins? Took over 6 months for that. We've been through lots of **** nights where it was practically only us in the stadium and people say "wow, they really love their team, even in a shitfight", and now it's all how they're not here to support the team, how selfish. If you don't care about active then that's fine, just don't go bitching that we're thinking of only ourselves, there's more at steak here and if that's hard to understand then you'll never know why we have issues with extra riot police and anti-terror security to say the least.
  11. ATB Live FIFA 18 Preview – WSWvBRI Round 26 07/04/18 Nick is back with another preview for Round 26 where it’s #WSWvBRI, however this time it’s CPU vs CPU and Turner and Tats have joined in on the fun. How did this simulation go? Watch and find out. http://www.aroundthebloc.com.au/atb-live-fifa-18-preview-wswvbri-round-26-070418/
  12. http://www.aroundthebloc.com.au/never-say-die/ For those who are too cbf to click... How much longer does the RBB keep at it before possibly ending up like the Melbourne Victory’s now ‘defunct’ North Terrace? Granted they were active for more than twelve years before overbearing police and security, club officials failing to come to agreements and understandings with the active group and hardships from the FFA had them eventually saying “**** this” and left it behind. They now attend games in a separate area of the stadium and join in on the occasional chant (that passion and pride dies hard and is much admired). With each passing round and each passing week, I wonder how much longer the RBB has until it follows suit and for the record I hope the RBB never dies and revives to what it was when it took this league and support all over this country by storm and made everyone (even international observers), notice who we are and what we did. It was the ‘it’ thing to be a part of. You couldn’t get an away ticket for a Sydney derby or a home match against the Melbourne Victory in the RBB; such was the demand to be a part of it. Come to think of it now some games spent in there are some of my best memories and experiences in my short twenty-nine years on this earth which I have shared with many of my fellow members, many who are no longer welcome to games for various reasons. We (the RBB, but this applies to all fans in general), have only ever wanted to go to games and support our teams in our own way. Our chants and choreo, tifosi, jams, flags, banners and overall passion became synonymous with active support only to in recent years have it stripped bit by bit through various avenues. Granted a fair few have been from our own doing in a way by using illegal items to bring out our own flair if you will, and I’m not arguing neither for nor against, but at some point we should be able to see where we have faulted. More recently we had a 12-month stadium ban for swearing issued to an RBB member and also if reports are to be trusted a supporter marshal was also banned for intervening and defusing the situation. Funny, I thought it was only the fans that were at risk. What others should also be able to see if where they have faulted by not living up to their own ‘agreements’ and sweeping any remnants under the rug; that being the FFA in this scenario. There were many meetings that were attended by active supporter group leaders, police, club officials and the FFA (to my recollection a few years ago, around 2014-2015). There were outlined procedures to be implemented such as appeals process to all fans who have been banned (to my knowledge only ONE has been overturned so far), and better understanding of how football fans behave during games (I think some police still struggle with this). Years later and there have been no improvements on this. The FFA somehow manage to keep their position with multi-million dollar salaries, police are as heavy handed and aggressive as ever and fans are losing interest and appeal in the game and sport they have been putting hard earned money, time and effort into for over twelve years. Seems that trying to get the ‘non-football’ crowd to ‘family friendly’ games (which A-League games already are, regardless of your interpretation of active support) is the priority and that goes along with dinosaurs like Ray Hadley who only ever open their mouths when an incident occurs. STOP GIVING A **** WHAT THIS BITTER OLD MAN SAYS. The late Johnny Warren’s book ‘Sheila’s, Wog’s and Poofter’s’ echos what is continuously said about our game even fourty years later by the types who love to lay the smackdown on football when they have enough if not more issues with their own sport(s). I started this by saying how the North Terrace are no longer through a battle with the big guns whom eventually won. We should keep fighting to regain what was once had and become the benchmark of support as we bloody well know we can be. It’s not easy but for ****s sake it better come quick or we’ll have a league with which nobody to watch it.
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