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  1. Saw an excellent movie yesterday about former Man City goalkeeper and WWII German paratrooper Bert Trautmann who won an FA Cup in the 1950s. 'The Keeper' is a powerful and superbly set movie with realistic football scenes. Trautmann's story is almost too remarkable to be true - especially given that it was played out in the immediate post-war years when distrust and even hatred were still rife. Here is a youtube piece with clips from the movie:
  2. I think Matt Jurman would be a wonderful acquisition. He has been in great form for the Socceroos and I really rate him.
  3. Wonder if the club would consider Thomas James, the top scorer in the NPL at the moment with the Wollongong Wolves. Interesting story on him (I will try to link): https://www.ftbl.com.au/news/uk-bad-boy-reinvented-as-wollongong-a-league-target-529829
  4. More than likely just another one of many suspicious deaths and incidents over more than a century that those with power and connections (including to the intelligence services) will pretend they had no part in - and the media will downplay. it is often said that we should learn from history, but the survivors and winners write it - and not always truthfully! Anyone with a bit more intelligence and appreciation of the frailties of history who questions the standard account, is dismissed as being a 'conspiracy theorist'. If some major incident occurs that is 'an extremely fortunate occurrence' for some, be it a car crash (e.g. Princess Diana and Jörg Haider), an outright assassination (e.g. the Kennedys) or tragic event (e.g. the sinking of the Lusitania) you have every right to be circumspect in swallowing the official line.
  5. This is most welcome, but has been a very long time coming. The first steps in what should be the detailed aggregation, description and display of our long football history - in words, images and objects - can soon begin. I am sure it will start with an assessment of what exists, then move through a chronological organisational phase, through in the medium term to online education. The ultimate and eventual hope would be an Australian Museum of Football, so that everyone can appreciate and be motivated by those involved with our version of the most beautiful of all games, over so many years.
  6. Pryd, I understand what you are saying, but doing things exactly as they would been done for seated areas (with seats present) simply does not make sense if those seats are removed. It undermines the value of Safe Standing, as we cannot get the concentration of support and visuals associated with a packed and vibrant active support area. It would be interesting to know what specific allowances are made for Safe Standing areas - if any such thing exists here, given the current uniqueness of that zone to Bankwest Stadium. If a variation in ratio (1:1) has not been requested, then the club need to follow this up so that the ratio is improved.
  7. During the Leeds game, as previously seen during some other WSW games, the RBB area looked nearly half empty. While it seems that this was due to not so many buying into the Safe Standing area, the club needs to make sure that the Safe Standing zone is filled during 'sellout games' such as the Sydney Derby. If the Safe Standing 'capacity' is (as I think stated) 1,260 then this probably only reflects the actual number of seats removed in that area. With the space they had occupied, vacated, it could well be that 2,520 could and in sellouts, should, be accommodated in that space. Any smaller number would detract from the visual appeal of the stadium and not maximise the atmosphere. If you look at the old images and videos posted on this page, the packed terraces are the ones that get the blood and nostalgia pumping. The club need to make sure they allow the area to be packed. Selling tickets to a seating limit will not achieve this. If nothing else, raising the area's 'spectator' limit could add 1,260 persons to the total ground capacity!
  8. Quite a promising start, overall. I thought that Duke and Yeboah were incredibly committed and the best on the ground along with Lopar who was excellent between the posts, even though his distribution was very average. McGowan gave an excellent impersonation of a Swiss cheese throughout, though he will hopefully improve as he gains fitness and familiarity with his teammates. I think we well and truly handed them the initiative and opportunities with our multiple 'youth team' replacements in the second half, but it would have been churlish to deny them a chance to play. Great stadium and pitch, though I too worry about the dead third that is the west. 24k + there last night and we will need more than 15k regularly to make the place jump. Far too many Eurosnobs in the stands last night - people who support Leeds because their grandma was born there/loved all Viduka's clubs/like the colour white... any excuse than support a team from the country in which you were born and raised, that is desperate for you to support their team playing a game you profess to love! Damn easy to back a heavyweight against a lightweight; a Winx against a hack; a multimillionaire with profile against a hard-working wage earner for whom football is more a passion; all so you can feel like a winner... but that is not what we as Australians should do...
  9. True Edinburgh - I realised that the Australian time was on the 21st, though the date of landing is always referred to as 20 July. By the way, the expert voice on the moon mission on ABC radio and TV at the time was the director of Tidbinbilla Tracking Station, Bob Leslie - a really kind, placid and knowledgable man - who was a team manager at my junior club, Hughes-Garran. You can still hear some of his commentary if you search online under his name.
  10. Quite symbolic that a Wanderers XI should take their first step on a ground some thought was 'lunacy' in its planning, exactly 50 years to the day that the Apollo 11 'team' stepped out onto the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon. [I am old enough to remember watching it live on tv: I was sick at home and our doctor made a home visit (that is what they did in those days) and stayed for the whole telecast. Simon and Garfunkel's 'Sounds of Silence' was played during coverage of Apollo 11's journey.] I am glad Bankwest will be far from a silent and tranquil base tomorrow. Hopefully we can all show just how far football has come in the last 50 years!
  11. ZachMercer is right - that mixing of smaller lower bands and broader higher ones is an echo of 1980s t-shirt design - though here, in this day and age and on our football shirt, it really does not work. Oh well, at least the team has every chance of playing better than they look!
  12. I asked Andre, a friend of mine from Hannover, about Pirim Schwegler. He replied: "Pirim was not a bad one. He played with heart and it was his dream to change to Australia. Good move for him." The comment is positive and promising!
  13. Flytox said 500 sold tickets for the Macarthur FC launch. In the end there were 600 at $150 a head, which is pretty impressive. Apart from a 20min delay in getting the official video sound to work and the incorrect spelling of Ante Milicic's name as 'Milic' on the big screen when he was introduced as the inaugural coach (must have been why he left early) it was a very positive start for the new franchise. Hopefully many of the businesses represented will stay with the club for the ride. The Indigenous Academy is a nice touch and Lang Walker told me that work on Campbelltown Stadium will start soon - though how much can be achieved by an Oct 2020-21 kickoff is questionable. Irrespective it is all good competition and rivalry for WSW and boosts football in Sydney's west.
  14. In response to LeeMarvin, my copy of 'The Prime Ministers of Australia' is the Parliament House produced version (green and yellow cover with drawn images). I must correct what I wrote in that Hewson's autograph to me on Fightback was dated 29.11.91 (not Dec). Just another comment: as all of you past your 20s might appreciate... time, nearly, heals all wounds. This applies to one's mistakes in life (financial, emotional) and incidents generally etc. I was a great supporter of Malcolm Turnbull due to his leadership of the republican cause, though sadly he never lived up to the leader we hoped: one who was articulate and definitive. Labor's repeated reference to 'chaos' may have been well-received at the time of the Wentworth by-election, but many months had passed since then and Morrison had clearly taken control - appearing to do so singlehandedly (deliberately) during the election campaign. Turnbull's lack of support and perceived undermining, did nothing but undermine Turnbull's own legacy, so Labor reference to Turnbull's ousting 'fell on deaf ears'. Morrison, in any case, had not started any move against Malcolm. In part due to Turnbull's undermining, people had moved on - time had healed most wounds and Shorten's repeated reference to it appeared almost irrelevant. We must remember that there are smart and very decent people on almost every side of politics - just a pity we cannot pick our own XI!
  15. I don't believe football and politics should mix or divide us, but I offer the following story and insight: I'm someone who has followed the ebb and flow of politics pretty closely for nearly 50 years. I was there in the front row at the Light A Candle for Democracy rally in Canberra in December 1975, appalled (as a life-long republican and patriot) that the representative of 'our' English queen should dismiss a popularly elected Australian Prime Minister in Gough Whitlam (irrespective of the government's failings). That night I shook Whitlam's hand and got a number of minister's autographs. On Australia Day in 1978, I attended the Albert Hall in Canberra for Gough's Farewell from Politics. Immediately after he had finished speaking and sat down, I headed to him. I thought I had a piece of paper in my coat pocket (along with my pen) but found I had only a $20 and $1 note. I asked him to sign them to commemorate breaking 21 years of Coalition government. He looked at me for a few moments (no doubt thinking "young fool", as it was 23 years, and defacing the currency is illegal), but signed both in any case. I had my house broken into in 1985 by a drug addict, who stole the $20 one, but thankfully he left my favourite behind - Whitlam's signature on the Queen side of a $1 note. On Sat March 5, 1983, I headed to the National Tally Room in Canberra with a copy of Blanche d'Alpuget's biography of Hawke, intent on getting his autograph. As the packed room waited for him to arrive, I got Paul Hogan, Don Chipp, Alan Reid, Ros Kelly, Paul Keating and Burnum Burnum, to sign it. The latter offered to take it to Bob when he arrived, but the throng was so thick, that he returned, apologetic, saying he couldn't even get close. I had been talking to ABC TV's Ken Begg, and he kindly offered to put it on his table, the last in the line of tv stations to interview Bob. Soon after he and Hazel sat down with Ken Begg, and the interview had started, Ken said they would have to interrupt things for a cross to Melbourne's Southern Cross Club, as (a tearful) Malcom Fraser would concede defeat. Ken said to Bob: "The young man behind us would like you to sign this copy of your biography." At 1.05am on Sunday March 6, as Fraser conceded defeat, Bob Hawke signed my copy of the book - his first signature as Prime Minister-elect. Subsequently I also got Liberal leader John Hewson's personalised signature on a copy of 'Fightback' on 29 Dec 1991. When rumours started swirling that Keating was going to roll Hawke, I contacted Keating's Office and asked them if he could sign a copy of his biography to me on the day he becomes Prime Minister. They apologised that they did not have a spare copy (adding they expected Hawke to be rolled any day), so I said I would drop in my copy of 'The Prime Ministers of Australia'. Three days later they rang me to say that Keating had successfully made his move, become Prime Minister and signed the book personally to me. They had added a slip 'With the Compliments of the Prime Minister of Australia'. You should not infer my current political views from my unique political autograph collection. My view on the election result is that Labor targeted too many people negatively with its agenda for change. Its association with the more radical Greens, and preparedness to make Climate Change an issue, but not spell out the cost of action, worried what has always been a largely small 'c' conservative Australian electorate. ['Climate Change' was 'Global Warming' but the dire predictions of even 25 years ago have not yet materialised - though it has provided jobs for academics. The world's climate has always been changing as we have been through Ice Ages, and back. We have always had fires and floods etc. Yes, we should all be concerned by pollution from vehicles and plastics in the ocean and should ideally move to renewables, but that shift should be done in a way that preserves our power supplies.] On personalities, Bill Shorten's goose was cooked with Hawke's death. His attempt to link himself closely (in image and presumably character) with Hawke, would not have gone down well, with an electorate that, at least in part (see comment to Arnold S. about him being the next Australian Prime Minister) saw him as arrogant. Shorten had also tried to summon up the spirit of Whitlam and the mood for change by his appearance at Bankstown, where Whitlam had held his famous 'It's Time' 1972 rally. Sadly, Bill Shorten is no Edward Gough Whitlam or Bob Hawke. The electorate had known this long ago, and I think Hawke's death had the opposite effect to what many had hoped and expected. As to where Labour should go now, I tend to agree with Wendybr (and not for the first time). While Albo is popular with the rank and file and the large Labor left, Jim Chalmers or someone from the right to centre may be a better choice, when the generally conservative nature of the Australian electorate is recognised. Otherwise, please remember that the election is over and we are all in this together, and should be united, ideally loving football and our country.
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