Red Out Loud 2013
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Red Out Loud!
When it was first formed, Adelaide United FC was known as ‘the People’s Team’. Since day one, AUFC has greatly valued supporters and the integral role they play in the success and lifeblood of the club. Thus, the club is dedicated and open to hear from you about matters at the club that you think are important, which is why JABA Multimedia Design and AUFC have developed ‘Red Out Loud’.
‘Red Out Loud’ gives you the opportunity to send a message to the coach, the captain, the team or the club’s administration and watch this space for a reply (certain terms & conditions apply).
Have your say about the club - JABA is pleased to provide the opportunity for United supporters to forward questions on many aspects of the Club. Our agreement with the Club is appreciated as supporters will receive information on a wide range of matters - keep your comments to the point, raise issues which can better the Club and improve it for the supporters.
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I heard that the Parks will get extra funding for an artificial pitch recently. It reminded me that Adelaide United were looking at it as a prospective training facility. Is the club still interested in it? If not is the club looking at any other ventures (Castle Plaza Tavern)?
Thanks for the email. Yes, we have to secure a training base which is commensurate with our competition. We have contacted some local councils registering our interest and requirements, nothing to report yet. But out of respect for our playing group, we cannot go into another preseason without full and proper facilities in place.
Just wanted to add my support to Dimitri’s post about growing the club by playing a marquee game or two(2-maximum) per season at the re-developed Adelaide Oval. I see a lot of AU stickers on cars around the city and I suspect there is a large latent support base that would flock to a central location such as AO for a marketed marquee match up such as a showdown with our biggest rivals. Marketed properly I think we could realistically aim to set a new record for domestic football attendance in Adelaide:) The chance for this to happen ought to convince the FFA to sit up and take notice and thus help with the desired scheduling.
You make some very sound points. The other matter of course for decision, is where the FFA would schedule a Grand Final should Adelaide participate in same. Clubs do not influence finals venues.
Not a question, just a comment. I concur with both Manny and Rob. Hiring Gombau was an excellent decision the club has made. He has proven success as a coach with Kitchee and has a very clear direction for the club. I applaud the club for making the decision to secure Gombau and I am sure Adelaide United will be the envy of the A League in the seasons to come. PLEASE STICK WITH JOSEP!
Thanks for your comments.
would the club be looking into playing against melbourne victory at the new adelaide oval next season or do you see the stadium now being too large for this event?
There are many who believe football must play a number of marquee style games at leading stadiums around Australia in order to promote and expose the code to a broader audience. Melbourne Victory was a case in point. The Victory's traditional fans argued that it would be a disastrous move to shift away from Olympic Park to Etihad Stadium. The outcome is known to all - increased attendances and broader exposure which has implications for sponsors as well. In our situation, many believe that that games against Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC at Adelaide Oval would attract crowds in excess of 35,000. This estimation can be based on the record football crowd for SA of 25,309 which was achieved in 2007 for a match against Sydney FC - and that was before the unprecedented numbers that now support the A-League. The new Adelaide Oval will be a world class venue geared to attracting AFL , cricket, football and other events. Stadiums and the associated charges is a critical issue for the club.
I have to agree wholeheartedly with Rob. It is imperative that the club continue down this path and to ignore the sections of media in this town that have obvious agendas!!! Josep must be backed by the club and given the support to implement his chosen style regardless of the short term pain. For too long certain media types have nothing better to do than spread an undercurrent of negativity surrounding our team. Enough is enough!!! and the club can send a message by holding firm in the belief that we are on the right track.
We will not perpetuate this discussion or talk about 'fully supporting the coach'. The club has been very transparent with its fans in regards to the future direction of football. Every aspect of the club is under constant assessment and review as we pursue the club's strategic goals. Football is one of those portfolios and we are eight games into a minimum 54 game appointment. Appreciate your views.
Who works out the fixtures? The fact that we play Perth 3 times, Victory 2 times before we play Phoenix is just plain stupid in my eyes.
What is so wrong with playing every team once, therefore constituting a round. Have the big overseas leagues been doing it wrong all these years?
Thanks for your email, as mentioned in last week's club e-newsletter, we agree with you 100%. This year's draw is inequitable, unfair to fans and lacks any form of balance. If the FFA wants to manipulate programs chasing attendances and ratings, then introduce an equalisation strategy to distributions. Apart from your points add these to the issue:
- One home game in six weeks
- Five out of six games at home, which makes it financially challenging for some - especially over the festive season
- Competing with the Clipsal 500, the Ashes cricket test and Tour Down Under Historically fans attend football on a home/away basis, will tolerate the occasional two weeks away, but not this year's program. We will again lodge our requests for the 2014/15 fixture and hope for a better deal in Adelaide. Of course we do not offer the above reasons as having an impact on performances.
As the rumblings of discontent get louder I hope and expect that those steering the club hold firm to the direction that's been set and we follow through with embedding a defined playing style throughout our teams. The path we're on is ambitious and brave and I'm confident that it will be successful but we're a work in progress. Despite the anguish of losing games we should win, I'd much rather suffer this difficult journey now in order to build a foundation that will give us the best chance of supporting a team that produces attractive winning football. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
Thanks Rob. In a results orientated sports industry, many are impatient/expect success instantly and if not why not? The Club is absolutely committed to a specific football pathway, a pathway which was agreed after extensive due diligence. As pointed out in the 2013/14 Year Book the Club's vision statement at inception was to "Lead the way in sporting entertainment." To do that will require us to play an entertaining style of football. That is the Club direction, players will embrace that and we trust our supporters will too. There will be a transition /development phase of that process. Of course the 'winning' factor is not lost on us, the point of difference is that when the wins come, it will be a consequence of our style and structure. Thanks for your support of same.
This year I decided to get a 7-game membership. I buy it because of 3 things, I want to support the team and attend games. The other is the sticker that I like to put on my car.
Not even 6 games into the season, the sticker on my car is peeling and fading, making my logo look like rubbish. It really is rubbish quality.
Not impressed at all with this item.
Membership & Merchandise
Thanks for your email. Unfortunately we have had some issues with the stickers this year. If you contact the office on 8340 3000 we can arrange to have a new sticker sent out to you.
I would just like to pass on a big thanks for the continued up date of the membership tally, can you confirm if this is an all time record for the club? if not what is the record?
Thanks for your feedback, we appreciate your comments. This figure currently sits third behind our all-time record of 6,864 members which we reached in 2011/12. The second highest figure was in 2009/10 when the club had 6,749 members. With the majority of the season still to come, we are hopeful that we will be able to match the figures set in past seasons.
Hi. According to the A-League wikipedia page there is a youth marquee spot available for every club to use. But it appears that not one of the clubs are using it. How does the youth marquee spot work? Also is there a reason why none of the clubs use it?
I think you may be referring to the availability for all clubs to make use of the 'Home Grown Player' provision. This allows clubs to have up to three Australian players who as a maximum turn 23 years of age during the season not included in their salary cap. These players must not have played with another club before signing their contracts with their current club. As examples players such as Paul Izzo, Jordan Elsey, Awer Mabil and Jacob Melling would all qualify for this category of player. Player payments to "Home Grown Players" up to a maximum of $150,000 would not be included in the salary cap. These players can be paid in excess of this amount however any amount in excess would be included in the salary cap. As far as I am aware most clubs are using this category of player/s within their player rosters.
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