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A League Expansion

marinermick

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The South East of Melbourne (Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong and Frankston) has a clear identity seperate from most of Melbourne. But have never really had a professional side in any sport, bar the brand new South East Melbourne Phoenix.

While I personally despise City and CFG for what they did to Heart they at least know what they are doing.

If they can be an "upper class" club in the vein of the Melbourne Demons or Hawthorn Hawks they will find real success. Basing themselves in the South East will also deliver another huge potential geographical fanbase who are largely unrepresented in professional sport. This fanbase is also largely migrant and first generation Australians in the more working class areas of Dandenong and Frankston.

This is all assuming of course that people can support a colonial club representing the interests of a human rights abusing dictatorship.

Upper class and SE Melbourne?
 

style_cafe

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The South East of Melbourne (Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong and Frankston) has a clear identity seperate from most of Melbourne. But have never really had a professional side in any sport, bar the brand new South East Melbourne Phoenix.

While I personally despise City and CFG for what they did to Heart they at least know what they are doing.

If they can be an "upper class" club in the vein of the Melbourne Demons or Hawthorn Hawks they will find real success. Basing themselves in the South East will also deliver another huge potential geographical fanbase who are largely unrepresented in professional sport. This fanbase is also largely migrant and first generation Australians in the more working class areas of Dandenong and Frankston.

This is all assuming of course that people can support a colonial club representing the interests of a human rights abusing dictatorship.
JP I like the geographics that you outline and think that once a team is established in a large area,then people will gravitate to them. Then as the children grow and move away they stay connected to that area by continuing to support the team from their childhood.
We`re just starting to see that with many on the forum not living on the coast anymore.
We also have the tack ons (no offence mate) that have never lived on the coast but just enjoy what the Mariner`s represent.
In essence, as our league is only still young we we are part of the evolution of football in this country.
As time moves on we will see Mariners supporters grow in numbers around the Australia and eventually around the world.
That`s why,as a sport, we need to tap into regional markets (as I said previously above) to grow the game across the country... :popcorn:
 

Allreet?

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A lot of Mariners' Sydney supporters are ex followers of Northern Spirit, the team that made up the bulk of the Mariners squad in season 1.
Yep, I used to be a regular at North Sydney in the first two seasons before moving up here. Was very happy when we got the licence and brought some of the younger Spirit boys north.

Lawrie, in his book, says he had to talk Hutcho out of effective retirement to come to the Mariners. Would've been a different world if he hadn't.
 

Allreet?

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If you want to find out, come to Bay Road before home games. I sometimes hand out a few freebies.

And yes, I know you were joking BG...
 

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