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The crowd

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Who, May 25, 2013.

  1. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    Mona Vale
    +4,957 /104
    I thought I'd start this thread before Darren had a shot at us attracting less than 11,000.
    Yes, it was slightly disappointing, but let's face it: rugby league is now a TV sport. We had a beautiful sunny day when the game should have been played - not on a cold Saturday night when only we diehard fans were prepared to forego all our other invitations to parties and dining out to get to the game.
    TV has won. Unless it is a blockbuster match we'll only get a hard core of fans to all our matches that are NOT played on a Sunday afternoon.
    It's the same with the Illawarra fan base, reportedly second only in size to Souffs in Sydney. They too got less than 11,000 to their home ground.
  2. Pittwater Legend

    Pittwater Legend Well-Known Member

    +780 /28
    It got so cold. It would be great if they did 4.30 starts on a Saturday.
  3. simon64

    simon64 Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +2,116 /27
    I don't think it's the enthusiasm of the fans.

    We all have lives outside of our love for Manly and unfortunately, there's always going to be a fair chance that Saturday night is going to cause a problem with social calendars (usually the kids not mine).

    I thought the crowd was a pretty good one, all things considered.
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    • Eagleheart

      Eagleheart Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

      +1,320 /40
      It was very cold tonight at Brookvale and I think some of extremities were starting to go numb in the second half and before anyone starts I am a lady and I am talking about my hands and feet. :)

      But really when the decision came down to being nice and toastie at home in front of the box or out at The Fortress supporting my team, the choice was obvious for me.
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      • Normie

        Normie Well-Known Member

        +332 /4
        If you thought Brookie was cold tonight, just wait until you come down to Canberra in August........
      • manlyfan76

        manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

        Anywhere but Parramatta
        +5,563 /119
        Here's a tip for anyone who gets a bit cold: chanting MMMAAAANNNNLLLLYYY over and over and jumping up and down will keep you warmer.
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        • Darren

          Darren Well-Known Member

          +509 /20
          The Who, that's a lot of quality excuses there!! I could see you as a politician by your talent of not mentioning the exact number and making excuses sound genuine to cover over the tracks. :rolleyes:;)

          Seriously mate, I'm mucking around. I do believe Brookie is the place but wish someone would help us like they have poured mega millions into nearly every major team except us. Gee, 50 million for the GWS and they get so few fans is sad for us.
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          • Daddycool

            Daddycool Well-Known Member

            +283 /2
            I didn't take the kids because it's too cold, so we just watched it at home. If it was just me, then I would have gone but as the who says, night games, these days are made more for TV.

            I was down there earlier in the afternoon, picking up some stuff from the outlet store and it was beautiful. Warm and sunny, perfect for football but it's all about the TV coverage these days (on Saturdays anyway).
          • The Who

            The Who Well-Known Member

            Mona Vale
            +4,957 /104
            Darren, the crowd was 10,700-plus. Can't remember the exact figure posted.
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            • Berkeley_Eagle

              Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

              +2,115 /14
              Wests Tigers v North Queensland

              Bulldogs v Brisbane

              Dragons v Panthers

              Roosters v Storm

              Manly v Canberra
            • Darren

              Darren Well-Known Member

              +509 /20
              How did the Roosters get 19k against an out of state team. Unfortunately our huge crowds are against 1 or 2 teams only. I did read we need 15k to break even so these non Sunday games are financially killing us!!
            • CAMBO

              CAMBO New Member

              +363 /0
              Darren I don't mean to be rude but you take one piece of info and rehash it over and over again.

              So you say you read some where that we need 15k to break even so these games are killing us financially. Maybe 2 or 3 years ago but look at the big picture now

              - the nrl grant has almost doubled
              - we have a full kit of sponsors shorts and jersey
              - the club has announced several new corporate partners outside of kit sponsors this year
              - membership is within 1000 of hitting record numbers so again there's income there the club wasn't getting 6-7years ago

              The Sky isn't falling in Darren, however we do need funding for brookvale I guess we all have to see if as PM Tony Abbott is true to his word.

              I also read somewhere that the club will turn a profit this year maybe @vidmar could elaborate on that.

              One thing is for sure the changes in the clubs structure made by David Perry are getting the results.
            • manlywarringah

              manlywarringah Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

              +913 /27
              David Perry has done a great job for us since joining a couple of years ago. I hope he stays longterm.

              While it didn't seem a huge lift to finances, the extra seating at the end of the Jane Try Stand must help too.

              I think it was around 200 public seats and 200-300 corporates. Those corporate seats would bring in a couple of hundred thousand over 10 games i would think?

              I'd love to know the figure that has been injected by those new seats. While a small number, it would make a difference to getting our books in the black.
            • Darren

              Darren Well-Known Member

              +509 /20
              Love what Perry has done and definitely seems to be upwards in corporate dollars. My only concern is expenses go up as well and at least getting close to budget in games (big income earner) is vital for not just survival but recruitment in juniors and development of the brand.
            • torana355

              torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

              +1,491 /27
              TBH Perry has worked miracles with our club, we seem to be hearing less and less about our "dysfunctional" board and more about new sponsors and signings. I hope we are looking after him with his pay packet as he deserves it.
            • tookey

              tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

              +4,461 /138
              People always have an excuse for not going to the games. too hot. Too cold. FFS just go and support your team.

              I bet the raiders are gald you don't support them otherwise you would never go to a raiders game in the middle of winter in canberra.

              maybe the club should offer free saucers of warm milk to encourage supporters to attend night games at brookie?
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              • Fluffy

                Fluffy Well-Known Member

                +3,696 /136
                rather that crowd at brookie than the 500 more the state of the art stadium got at the dogs match
              • TokyoEagle

                TokyoEagle Well-Known Member

                +265 /4
                Thought we would have got a few more than that last night after the Melb. performance. Seems that Sunday afternoons and the big games are our only crowd pullers these days.
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                • simon64

                  simon64 Well-Known Member Premium Member

                  +2,116 /27
                  As I said above, there are plenty of variables that determine an individuals attendance at a game.

                  Yes I love the Sunday afternoon games as much as the next fan but it's not because it's sunny. It's because I can usually get there without any drama.

                  I'll be at the Dogs game in Rd 14 because I know it fits in to my schedule and I can nick off from work early that day. I'm not expecting to be warm on a Friday night on the hill but it won't keep me away.
                • globaleagle

                  globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

                  +7,918 /58
                  Well I may not be some big city lawyer........

                  But when I see you yobbos in the crowd I think:

                  Hmmmm I wonder which ones of you I post to on here?

                  Keep it up!

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