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  1. Zip I never said you were brainwashed. In fact it is the least brainwashed ones like you that suffer the most out of this. Anyway good luck with your club and all. Maybe they'll win a game sometime soon
  2. I often think that we should refer to the name of our region as Cumberland Plains. That way ESFC supporters will know their place and who they represent. Get rid of the 'Sydney' out of our name so they can really represent all of Sydney .
  3. This scouse guy is a comic genius. Try going to a place like Cabramatta or Bankstown and spewing out fascist or racist ideologies? Good luck with that. While I realise some people might see themselves as fascists (in some kind of way) it certainly doesn't represent Western Sydney as a region or WSW as a club. It is a bit like saying every Brisbane Roar supporter wants 'Mulvey Out' because a few years ago a group of supporters held up a 'Mulvey Out' sign at Suncorp Stadium. People really have to stop taking so much notice of what someone writes on Facebook or what a small group of supporters decide to do to attract some attention. As for cop killers meh. Don't we all have a favourite band or something that sings about killing cops.
  4. .......unless you follow the giants. ----------------------- P.S, tongue sticky outie smiley means joking. Carry on with whacking day gentlemen. I think in NSW we can all tolerate the fact that one guy might follow and prefer Football, RL, RU or even AFL. There is an acceptance that we all have different tastes. Sydney Swans don't cop it simply unlike GWS because they blend into the envirnonment well. One thing I like about Sydney is that they don't shove RL down the throat of any people who visit or immigrate into this country despite it being culturally the strongest sport for the last 100 years. Meanwhile in little old Melbourne town you are expected to immediately pick an AFL team to follow, get used to constant AFL conversation everywhere you go and we get to see cringeworthy stuff like have the likes of Robert De Niro holding a Sherrin and being asked by an AFL flog "What do you think about our game"? I like the little sub cultures Sydney has and the fact that every suburb differs to the next one. You can pick and choose where you want to live based on your lifestyle choice. That is what I mean by we are more 'free'. Melbourne to me is very generic and pretty much the same everywhere you go. Even the landscape is pretty much all flat just about everywhere you go. Although what I call 'generic' some people might refer to as 'culture' lol.
  5. It's a 20 year plan because they have the money to make it a 20 year plan. The question is can they in 20 years time turn us into a bunch of brainwashed Victards (which is what they really want)? I don't think so. Enjoy living in the free Northern states people where personal choice and preference is embraced.
  6. Zip I blame the AFL administration in general who were so arrogant in the way they set them up. They thought that we would all just fall over and be so honoured to follow this team they were giving us. There goal was always to 'take over West a Sydney' and not 'integrate into West Sydney'. Whether you like it or not a lot of the failings are to do with the way they were set up. Should have stayed in Blacktown for at least a few years, should have never bought Falou and should have not played games in Canberra. The AFL don't see what what they are doing is just so wrong and out of character with what this region is about. They still have time to fix things but I still don't think they have a clue about the region at all. Maybe the reason they are still copping floggings is because the players and club are dejected about the way they are perceived in the area they are meant to represent. I already hear one of their better players wants out of the club.
  7. I think it is well known that Western Sydney has larger South American, Southern/Eastern European and Arabic communities than Eastern Sydney. Our support shows in his way. It is more fanatical and more organised like the groups from these respective cultures. I actually think SFC's support is a more relaxed style of support based on (you are right) Pommy culture. More taking the mickey out of things and ad lib stuff. They probably throw some other things in but it really it is a mish mash of things. Sometimes sound ok, but don't really sustain it. I don't think we will have a problem with people adopting the way we support. I am just worried about a few things and I have echoed my sentiments several times on this forum about certain things. I think sometimes things can be too extreme and we just need to tone it down a little. I think deep down inside people like the rebellious look and all. But things need to be done within context. Give the people a taste of Europe or South America but just don't scare them half to death
  8. Australia is a country which hangs on to its strong colonial roots. Association Football has been around as long as any other sports here however it was always seen as more of a minority sport with large participation base. Played a lot by kids at a young age but not taken seriously by most Australians as they grew older. The traditional Aussie would prefer to play the more rugged and manly games rather than appreciate the sublime skill Football has to offer. With immigration and globalisation this has changed a lot however. The last 10 years has seen Football go into the mainstream and the a-league now gets compared against the AFL and NRL, and the Socceroos get compared to the Wallabies and Australian Cricket team. This was never the case before as 'soccer' as we all knew it was a sport for wogs only (or even worse). I think you have to accept that the traditional white Anglo Aussie won't support like a South American or European. So the support has to develop on its own organically. It will probably me more closer to the way the US or Scandinavians support their national teams. A-league is a different story as there are more strong core members who run active groups and make things happen. People from different cultures come into the fray and are able to have more of an influence. The fact that it is done on a weekly basis means it is entrenched in all the clubs. You can't get this with country as matches are scarcely played . Also with a more mainstream following the national team support will always differ to club support in Australia.
  9. I actually thought with the combinations it was the best Australia has looked in a while (at least for the first 30 mins anyway). Postecoglou is a better coach than Holger or Verbeek and it showed. Problem is that he has limited players. Still I thought we created around 5 to 10 good chances in that first half. The chances also came through crips passing and using the wide men. Leckie and Franjic were good on the right and we exposed Sth Africa there a lot. We also threatened on the left. I just think as good as Cahill is, he is not a striker who buries all his chances. I also think some of the crossing could be a lot better. But here is the problem. The centre of defence. We were really exposed when we pushed forward and South Africa countered. I also thought the central midfield in Milligan and Holland needed to a better job of plugging the holes. Maybe when Jedinak and Bresciano come back it will be a more solid midfield but it is a worry. But Wilkinson and Mc Gowan were horrid in central defence and you can just imagine what Spain, Chile and Holland will do to them if they get a sniff. The problem of parking the bus is that if any of the teams in our group get a sense of us doing this they will camp themselves in our half and terrorise our goal. It will be 4 or 6 nil anyway. We have to provide some threat to keep them on their toes and force them back a little. Either way we are farked as we just don't have the players. But I really worry about the centre of defence (even if Spiranovic plays there). Curtis Good was really a big loss as I think he would have een at least half respectable. Still I think we can offer something aginst Chile or the Netherlands. It is just a matter of playing with the heart and doing whatever it takes to be competitive.
  10. Since when did one centre back have to be left footed and the other one right footed? Centre backs should be using both feet and who we pick on game day as our centre backs shouldn't be determined by whether they prefer their right or left foot.
  11. I would really love for Brosque to come here. Not because of his playing ability. But because it would just make ESFC more of a joke. No one player who plays there talks about how great the fans and the club are. They simply go there for the money and for the chance to live in Sydney for a little while. Even their club legends like Rudan and McFlynn spend more time out in the west than they do in Bondi / North Sydney. If any one club is a Judas it is ESFC. It is a club full of toxic culture. It produces Judas's by the day because deep down inside no one can say they truly love the club.
  12. Both Golec and Mullen are good right and left backs to have if we are looking to play a very defensive set up (both could also play in the centre). Cole would be a more attacking option on either side. Alessi is more than capable of being an attacking option however has a lot to learn still. Would feel better though if we bought someone to replace Polenz with a similar style to him. That would really complete our defensive set up.
  13. I think now that it is official it is probably more relieving than anything else. The speculation was really too much and went on for too long. Looking forward to hearing about who we will be signing now.
  14. I think if he had a coach like Popa earlier in his career he might have got more out of it. Saying that..when he looks back at what he achieved he did a lot more than you would expect. Two World Cup campaigns, played in Europe, played for two good a-league teams in CCM and WSW who were always up there. His low point was his Heart and ESFC days. I thought when he moved here from ESFC he was a risk. But in that first season he was a colossus leading the best defence and best team in the comp. Two reasons I thought he did well. Popa's coaching and secondly the fact that he took real pride in wearing the WSW jersey. He was a Westie and one of us. Still lives in the area from what I have heard. Thanks for the memories Michael. All the best wherever you go from here and hopefully one day the club can acknowledge you in some way. Also would love for your son to be a Wanderer one day.
  15. Topor Stanley can't really play out from the back either. I would say it is more to do with his age compared to the other two. We were in winning form when he got dropped. But we all knew he was going to shift Spiranovic in there at some stage.
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