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  1. Scotty has announced his retirement. The grand final will be his last match as a player. He will continue with the club in a coaching role next season. https://melbournecityfc.com.au/news/jamo-calls-it-a-day-city-skipper-to-retire-following-alm-grand-final?fbclid=IwAR2PKE8AClRHqC9QQr6nLCXsUG_oeFRfWxMsiWz3zgadzcU7NyuKM8hrZgk A true club hero for his attitude and leadership. Let's win it for Scotty!
    6 points
  2. Some of us don't roll over so easily.
    6 points
  3. Glover man of the match already
    6 points
  4. They're force feeding him. He'll soon be foie gras.
    6 points
  5. Indeed. Great to hear he's staying on with the club. Deserves a Testimonial match - make it happen CFG.
    5 points
  6. Suck it Sydney 🤣🤣🤣
    5 points
  7. Mariners fans and other Central Coast casuals are only 50k or so from Sydney. Other than not having home ground advantage in the GF if they get there, their supporters are barely affected by this disgraceful decision. I really am disgusted that the non-NSW clubs have barely raised a whimper of protest. It just shows how gutless they are and why I am so critical of the way football is administered in Australia. I am going on Friday after a change of heart, mainly after more consideration of our lads on a personal level. For them as well as us I hope we win, and if we do I hope we win the GF too. But the club has betrayed us, as has APL and I hope they lose a bucketful of money over it all.
    5 points
  8. Still waiting for that German midfielder...
    5 points
  9. New mural near Richmond Station.
    5 points
  10. I feel sad more than anything. You would think that both APL and Destination NSW would have had all the necessary components of the "Festival of Football" in place before signing the deal they struck a few months ago. But it seems not. Everyone knows that these so-called big clubs demand huge fees for off-season tours so it's hardly a surprise that APL can't meet the demands of Bayern. Sometimes I even start to feel sorry for football administrators in this country, because they seem to take mis-step after mis-step. But I think the basic problem is that we don't cut our coat according to our cloth. Football is not the major sporting interest here. The A-League is not the best league in the AFC - in fact it ranks quite low - and IMO it would be better that we focussed on what is under our control, and do that well, rather than have so many grandiose ideas. The finals series, although now of lesser importance because of the changes in qualification for AFC tournaments, was working quite satisfactorily for everyone prior to the changes made by APL. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    5 points
  11. Don’t understand why people wanting WU to lose, any win by a Sydney team plays into Townsend his hand.
    5 points
  12. I have a feeling that doubts about the ownership of City is one reason why we don't have a bigger fanbase.
    4 points
  13. Briefly liked Central Coast until I saw some of the comments from their fans today. No solidarity at all over this APL decision. I really hope we smash the bastards.
    4 points
  14. I went to all home games this year, but not going to this one ... Very little reward for members (and I am a foundation one) ... Ive forked out decent money all year on the club ... really, should be better deals or tied into memberships ... for this game, for me to reserve my yearly seats for my family is $170 Feels like a hollow game, will be watching (and screaming at the TV ... i think its of Free to air) ... will be doing the lads a favour as they'll have a small crowd in Sydney if we make the GF Fuck Sydney. hope we pump them
    4 points
  15. One day maybe City will learn how to set up the audio at press conferences...(Sigh). Good luck to the lad, he deserves it. I for one hope to be reading about success for him in Belgium. Metcalfe is going OK in the 2. Bundesliga where St. Pauli are having a good season.
    4 points
  16. Ive got no issue with the decision to retake the pen in of itself, but it is extremely annoying when its the first time theyve decided to look at it all year.
    4 points
  17. It's the nature of the scoring. Not specific to the Forum either. Players who have poor matches don't get negative votes, and the system tends to reward players who have a few outstanding matches rather than just being consistent. The problem with more complex systems is that they take a lot more administration. I would prefer the 3-2-1 system, but I think we do pretty well on the Forum as it is and a big thank you to @The Aardvark is in order from the rest of us.
    4 points
  18. Totally agree. Let's get real here, no one helped us, we won it all ourselves and we don't owe anyone anything. Despite the usual doomsday bs on here the moment we started dropping points, realistically it would've taken a near miracle for another team to go past us. In the end of the day, 11 points is a fair reflection of the distance between us and the other teams.
    4 points
  19. The ''finals'' series is a travesty designed to milk fans of their cash with a format which is alien to the world game. I went along with it, reluctantly, for many years, but the APL decision and the shocking part that MANCHESTER City played in that decision - a club I could not give two fvcks about (despite really admiring the staggering ability of Haaland) - made up my mind for me. HUGE congratulations to our Melbourne City team for winning the league. The job is done. I can't see me ever paying to attend ''finals'' football again. A year or two of half-empty ''grand finals'' might just bring these idiots around. Tough for them if not. Let's just drop this ''finals'' nonsense once and for all. I'm done with it. And, to be honest, still 50/50 about whether I will renew my membership as a result of this debacle.
    4 points
  20. Discuss. My commitment to the boycott lasted about 20 minutes after we beat Sydney on Friday. ✈️
    3 points
  21. We've got two weeks to have a whine, which is dangerous for some members of this forum.
    3 points
  22. Well for this SF match I just know for a fact that we would have drawn more as I know dozens of people who are boycotting now or have stopped going ever since it became clear that we are a big contributor to the finals debacle and are out of touch with our fan base.
    3 points
  23. A. Very. Satisfying. Win.😍 Positives: Crushing the Smurfs 4-0 A clean sheet Leckie had a different role tonight, but it was good to see us dominate without Leckie or JMac dominating. We were proactive and aggressive, and good movement off the ball to draw Sydney out of shape, and counter-pressed very well Impressed with Nabbout's improvement throughout this season, he was unlucky not to score tonight Aiden O'Neill provides balance and attacking options for us that we missed last week. Negatives: We didn't win by 5
    3 points
  24. Tilio you star!!! I'm pretty sure I just saw Danny Townsend copping a rimjob from The Cove...
    3 points
  25. No interest in ''finals'' any more. I admit I did go in previous years,. but the APL made up my mind once and for all, in December. Congrats to the boys for an outstanding season. We won the title and are in the ACL again.
    3 points
  26. I always was. This part of the finals is unchanged so I see no reason to boycott. I accept others think differently.
    3 points
  27. You always need a little luck playing away from home and so far we have got it. If we keep this scoreline as is it would be a huge result
    3 points
  28. Glover is having one of those matches where he is alternately awful and brilliant. Watching from behind the sofa...
    3 points
  29. We aren't going to replace O'Neill's output with another Aussie player. I think Ugarkovic is about as good as we could hope for.
    3 points
  30. It's Macleckio
    3 points
  31. Probably a bit early to be writing them off aye...
    3 points
  32. Nevertheless, I want to see more Academy players coming through to our senior side, not just 28/31-year-olds. Otherwise we're just producing Academy players for other clubs.
    3 points
  33. IMO most of us will be torn between wanting to go to support the lads and wanting to stay away to demonstrate our disgust at the decision to move the GF to Sydney.
    3 points
  34. Bos is almost a generational find. But we always worry about the loss of the tangible talent, until the intangible prospects become reality. We've recruited increasingly well in the last few years and on this at least I trust the club. Let's see what the closed season brings us.
    3 points
  35. IMO there's no "should" about it. You get the crowds that you deserve. I also think that while any successes of CFG and other CFG clubs have little or no impact on interest in Melbourne City, being what is effectively a football club owned by a State puts quite a lot of people off our club. There is quite a bit of discussion of the future of football in Europe as a result of State-owned clubs such as Manchester City, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain, and also the emergence of the "Big Four" and "Big Six" groups of clubs in various leagues. In Australia we don't have a big reservoir of fans ready and waiting to buy memberships if existing members drift away from the game and a club. Neither do we have a voracious media to publicise the game and IMO neither do we manage the game well - the GF decision being a perfect example of how to shoot yourself in the foot.
    3 points
  36. And to top off another personal milestone, Bos has been named in the PFA's team of the season and named captain: https://melbournecityfc.com.au/news/pfa-tots-six-city-stars-recognised
    2 points
  37. Couldn't think of anything worse than spending 20hrs on a bus for a 2-3 hour game 😥
    2 points
  38. Our active group has organized a club event at the imperial to watch the match on Saturday night. $10 pp to book
    2 points
  39. So the current breakdown of posts by the A-Leagues facebook page looks like this: (started counting posts after each team's 2nd semi finished, so we've had 24 hours extra) Both (posts promoting the grand final match) - 4 City - 19 CCM - 44
    2 points
  40. Are we sure that this is not confusion with the reported likely arrival of Jamie Young?
    2 points
  41. i think offeriing a discount the travel would be a better BAIT , i will be watching from home myself. thole Sydney thing is still a total sellout for all fans outside of NSW.
    2 points
  42. Exactly. Especially with 5 out of the current 12 clubs located within 120km of Sydney. What hurts me more is that the owners of our club were complicit in the decision. And people wonder why our attendances are what they are...?
    2 points
  43. complete agreement with you; the VAR on Friday night was evenly applied to both teams. we have no real leg to stand on complaining about any VAR decision outside of the VAR being trigger happy to review every little thing. and that's where your first point is bang on. the VAR is there for the absolutely clear and obvious error. while the right result came through on the Leckie goal, i do wonder how there could have been a clear and obvious error. both offside goals and the penalty retakes were clear as mud. unfortunately, the powers that be see this as an end in itself
    2 points
  44. Great free kick from Berisha, lovely touch by Leckie. And VAR go eat a big bag of dicks. Right decision
    2 points
  45. Sounds like he's doing well. We have a no return policy sorry. Good luck with him
    2 points
  46. Great to see two clubs with supporters boycotting finals are playing each other. The APL will be pissed.
    2 points
  47. No not uncharitable at all.. just don't support a club who clearly lied when they were pushing for a licence promising a stadium would be built by now when it has only just finally started aswell as many other things.. Yeah they may have helped us against Adelaide but at the end of the day we finished 11 points clear so again it just meant we won it earlier than we would have if they hadn't had beaten Adelaide..
    2 points
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