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  1. Highest attendance and average in the A League for the first time!!! https://www.ultimatealeague.com/records.php?type=att Club Total Average Highest Attendance Lowest Attendance Total: 824,525 5,647 24,105 - WEL vs WUN 990 - WUN vs NEW Western Sydney Wanderers 104,801 8,062 20,336 - Rnd 19 vs SYD 4,976 - Rnd 10 vs MCY Sydney FC 101,567 7,813
  2. We definitely do have a tendency to over hype young players. A couple of good games and they are already Australia's future stars. The same thing seems to be happening with Alou Kuol. He scored a few goals at the start of the season and signed with Stutgart for next season and has pretty much done nothing since with the Mariners. I don't know if it is part of the "heap praise on the young" attitude or we are just hungry and impatient for the next Kewell!
  3. In previous seasons, there were always excuses a coach at WSW could fall back on such as a substandard recruitment budget by the club, inadequate training facilities, not playing at a proper football ground (SOP). When it comes to CR, no other coach in our short history has been given more tools and and had more favourable circumstances for a successful season. He got the players he asked for and still getting them up until recently (Ugarkovic), has superior training facilities and stadium not to mention the fact that circumstances caused by Covid meant that WSW has had a relatively less disru
  4. The way the FFA have decided things, finishing 2nd is better than winning the Grand Final as it means qualifying for the ACL which Grand Final winners no longer do.
  5. Yes this desire to play in the winter months is a case of too much pandering to the so football purists who can't get past the fact that football is not the main sport in this country. We need to be realistic in this regard and acknowledge the issues this causes such as competition from other codes and conflict with other levels of the sport. Another more more minor issue this causes (which is more of a personal gripe) is that jackets cover the jerseys of the fans. Everyone in the crowd with a WSW jersey, especially in the early years was a spectacular sight. For the general good of the g
  6. Yes there are fans that do follow the team but unfortunately, there is also a group that are more loyal to a certain Former Yugoslav republic whose flags and chants are clearly to antagonise opposition supporters. Not to the mention the nationalistic propaganda sticker bombing of Belmore (and Lambert Park) when Rockdale play Olympic. I have personally witnessed all this as well as proper Rockdale football club fans shaking their heads at this group's antics.
  7. I'm inclined to call it a Freudian slip. Anyone who has been to a Rockdale-Sydney Olympic game knows that the so-called Rockdale fans are never there to watch the game!
  8. I tend to agree. This is by far the worst Victory team I have seen and a decent attack would have notched up 5 or 6 goals against them.
  9. Only one thing to say about Yeboah - the new Sotirio!
  10. The club must provide the script for these foreign players to read for the press release - they all say the same thing; "to play for the biggest club in Australia is exciting,” (biggest club - yeah right!) “I have watched the A-League here in the UK and also played in Asia in the Asian Champions League so I have seen a lot of matches ...." (Yeah - I am sure you did!) Seriously, is this the best we can do for an OS import? Worth bringing him or is it CR looking after a mate?
  11. All I can say is - THAT'S MORE LIKE IT!!
  12. Jets squad weren't that bad and were still considered to be under performing before he came. With us it, will be a case of over performing if he achieves anything with the squad we have. Every other club in the league seems to have made some decent signings and look better on paper at least, with SFC, Victory and Glory, already battle hardened and ready thanks to the ACL.
  13. Getting a sore neck from shaking my head at other team's announcements of new players. The latest being this and Juric. Juric of course, joins the exclusive club of good players let go and when they are available again, WSW are unwilling to sign (Antonis, Economides, Spiranovic etc). Oh well, as long as we have our fantastic youth! PS Would love nothing more than my sarcasm and intrepidation about this season's youth policy to be proven unfounded but I just can't see it!
  14. Exactly - either past peak or they will leave for OS just before they reach it which is why I am still so underwhelmed by the recruitment this season. Yes Sydney FC may not have the fancy academy and youth system but, on the playing field where is matters and what I am only interested in, they are still way ahead of where we should be.
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