A combination of self destructive naval gazing and sokka haters latching on to the first scent of new football vulnerability is leading to an absurd situation where A-League match attendances are becoming a bigger talking point than match results. So much so, that as much as we sympathise with Con's sensible view that we should return the focus to the pitch, there is no point blogging at the moment without mentioning the crowd numbers. They are the elephant in the room (perhaps the elephant not in the room). This is a particular shame at a time when the A-League is full of intrigue and the action on the park is better than ever.
Saturday’s 6500 crowd is being widely reported as a disaster and the beginning of the end for the Brisbane Roar. However everything was wrong with the scheduling, football finals were in progress across Brisbane on Saturday afternoon, the bridge to Brisbane was run the day after, the Broncos and the Lions are reaching the most exciting part of their seasons and many folk would have been caught of guard by the second home game in a row. The Broncos’ crowds dipped for the first time in their fourth season but they made a small recovery in the fifth – the Roar may yet follow the same pattern.
Next blog we will get onto the real issue – how to fill the gaping Matt and Mass shaped holes in the Roar midfield (the obvious answer would have been to sign Jonas Salley but Gold Coast have already done that!) . Please, no-one say David “your worse than your brother, worse than you brooother” Dodd.