The Expanded A-League Expansion Thread II

Discussion in 'Australian A-League' started by el-capitano, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. theFOOTBALLlover

    FC Porto, SC Freamunde & Dulwich Hill FC
    Jan 17, 2015
    Sydney
    The Wolves have also backed the Canberra bid. :ROFLMAO: This is just pathetic. Open the system and every area in Australia can have their own team, not have to get in bed with every bid around the corner.
     
  2. La Trucha

    La Trucha Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    42 Wallaby Way, Sydney
    Club:
    Melbourne Victory
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Wolves’ deal with Canberra is a bit weird i.e. one game to be hosted at WIN Stadium when the two cities are 3 hours away, but being a feeder club to Sydney FC and having a direct pathway is definitely a good idea and is a ‘fvck you’ to Southern Expansion who claim they have the support of Illawarra.

    Besides, Wolves are coached by Luke Wilkshere; a Gong boy who played for Sydney FC just last season, so there is already some kind of relationship between the two teams.
     
  3. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    They have the support of South Coast Football, but South Coast football is basically an amateur organisation that in the past has done their best to frustrate the efforts of any club who wanted to play in higher leagues in NSW and also the old NSL. I think that secretly the people who have run it over the years always wanted the same status as the Northern NSW Federation. I doubt that South Coast Football have the best interests of Football fans in the Illawarra as their main priority.
     
  4. La Trucha

    La Trucha Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    42 Wallaby Way, Sydney
    Club:
    Melbourne Victory
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    #54 La Trucha, Dec 12, 2018 at 5:15 PM
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2018 at 9:20 PM
    Official announcement to be at 12pm, but The World Game and Fox Sports are now reporting that the two winning bids are Macarthur-SW Sydney and Western Melbourne Group. WMG to start next season, and SWS the following season.

    Thoughts?

    EDIT: Confirmed.
     
  5. mike4066

    mike4066 Member+

    Jun 30, 2007
    Chula Vista, CA
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I like the western Melbourne group but not particularly fond of the SW Sydney one.
     
  6. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Melbourne Victory, Derby County
    Australia
    Jul 10, 2013
    Club:
    Derby County FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    WMG will be a disaster of Gold Coast proportions. SWS should be ok.
     
  7. Pack87Man

    Pack87Man BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 1, 2001
    Quad Cities
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Disappointed it's not Canberra. They need new cities.
     
  8. el-capitano

    el-capitano Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 30, 2005
    Sydney
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Trouble is, the population of S/W Sydney is around 1 million, and forecast to be 1.3 million in the next 20 years.

    Canberra has a predicted population of 420,000 by 2020. I'm sure they'll get there soon enough.

    But the thing which a lot of overseas people don't get is that Australia only has either BIG cities or small regional cities. Sydney & Melbourne have about 5 million in each city. That's where the tv & advertising money is, so unfortunately, that's where will be picked first.
     
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  9. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    Surprised that Sydney and Melbourne will have 3 teams, but i know the lay of the land is different than in the US where I am. Some articles i am reading that even a 4th team would be feasible in both Melbourne and Sydney. Id like to naturally see Canberra and Wollongong both get sides before we see that happening. Team 11 from what i read up on looks like a solid shout.
     
  10. mike4066

    mike4066 Member+

    Jun 30, 2007
    Chula Vista, CA
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How do you figure?
     
  11. mike4066

    mike4066 Member+

    Jun 30, 2007
    Chula Vista, CA
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Melbourne along has 9 teams in AFL (10 if you count Geelong).
     
  12. La Trucha

    La Trucha Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    42 Wallaby Way, Sydney
    Club:
    Melbourne Victory
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Team 11 should absolutely be the 4th Melbourne team. The south-east catchment cannot be passed up, especially if you want to “fish where the fish are”. As for Sydney, I’m not so sure.
     
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  13. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    ya know, i kinda had that feeling too. Team 11 and Canberra should be 13 and 14 IMO, and gotta do everything they can to help Wellington keep their heads above water, thats the next order of business.
     
  14. La Trucha

    La Trucha Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    42 Wallaby Way, Sydney
    Club:
    Melbourne Victory
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Yeah nah we’ve already gave a Nix a chance and they still haven’t improved. It looks like they won’t get their licence renewed. At the live conference yesterday, they mentioned future expansion is still on the agenda, and they are continuing talks with the Canberra bid.

    I’m thinking Canberra will be the ones to replace Nix once they lose their licence.
     
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  15. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Melbourne Victory, Derby County
    Australia
    Jul 10, 2013
    Club:
    Derby County FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    I live and work in that supposed Western Melbourne area. Everyone who is interested in the HAL in this area are rusted on Victory supporters. It’s only 40 mins on the train from the furthest Western sprawl to see a Victory game. There is no demand out here as this area is already a Victory strong hold and the area of the stadium is home to bogans or Indians so not really football fans.
    Playing in Geelong until the stadium is built is also a problem, Geelong folk are either Victory or won’t support a team that will up and move anyway. The crowds will be Gold Coast level disaster when playing non Victorian teams, but the owners won’t care because they are only in it for the money to be made from real estate deals. Both of the other Victorian bids were better, except for the missing stadium for team11.
     

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