Those of you who know me, will know that I justifiably indulge you with this one each year.
With the Essendon v Collingwood ANZAC DAY clash due in a couple of weeks, where the match is guaranteed to a receive gate of a conservative crowd of about 80,000, there is bound to be a club in the AFL who bleats about how unfair it is that they are not allowed to play on ANZAC DAY.
Every year, that poor ol’ bleating club is Poor ol’ Footscray.
Prepare yourselves in coming weeks for the outburst from P.O.F about how they are deprived from playing in block buster games and why they should be given the chance on the big stage.
Well let’s have a look at the last blockbuster Poor ol’ Footscray were in, as recently as one week ago, round 3 – 2010. (The year Poor ol’ Footscray are gunna win the premiership…again).
What more of a blockbuster game do Poor ol’ Footscray need than to play another “Premiers of 2010 team”, the Wee and Poo Hawthorn team? Both teams are up the business end of the ladder, yet this blockbuster game only attracted 35,600 spectators in a 51,000 capacity stadium.
Let’s look at this closely. 35,600 fans would fit in to Windy Hill in it’s heyday.
Why don’t we play the next Bulldogs blockbuster at Windy Hill for a capacity crowd?
What more incentive do Poor ol’ Footscray supporters need to gather a crowd? After all, the Wee and Poo Hawthorn team are Poor ol’ Footscray’s poor ol’ historic rivals.
Let’s look at more facts.
Poor ol’ Footscray lost to Hawthorn in their last (fair dinkum) grand final in 1961. Also Hawthorn/P.O. Footscray player Peter Welsh somehow featured in the footy cards of both teams in season 1978.
This is also the time of year when the North Melbourne (what the fark is a shinboner anyway) Kangaroos jump into the argument about how Friday night footy was taken off them. North Melbourne have just topped 18,000 members – just 17 short of Avondale Heights.
If you ask me, these mediocre clubs should put up or shut up and get their loud mouth supporters supporting their club, or they will be superceded by The Powerhouse Gold Coast and Western Sydney Clubs.