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NorthPort
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Crowds in 2014...

I'm expecting them to improve this year, particularly with the Richmond and Footscray rejoining the VFA, but how do you think your club will fare this season?

At Port crowds have been slowly improving against most opposition. Although with a few changes to the structure of the club I am expecting it to continue its trend this year, but hopefully reap the results of 2014 for an increase in members in 2015.

If the redevelopment project finishes this season I'd hope to see a fee more along from the local community.

vfa
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Punt Road will be packed to the rafters especially with Richmond playing later at the MCG. There is 7 games at Punt Road where the tiger supporters can flock to Punt Road on way to the MCG. Not sure howe many dogs supprters will follow Footscray VFL team. I bet you when Willy take on Footscray at Point Gellibrand tghe majority will be seagull supporters.

MegaA
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Thats a great idea playing them at punt road before their seniors - the next best thing to a curtain raiser.

Correct me if i'm wrong (as I am asking not telling) Ports crowds would of been better in the undefeated season as i would imagine more and more people would of come to the ground as that undefeated streak was growing ? Crowds there are reasonable and generally speaking better than most opposition crowds however I think the way to go is play more Sunday matches. We saw against North Ballarat a very good Sunday crowd. People have too much on - on Saturdays now.

Club should market itself to the local community as allot of the fans are not locals but ex Port Melbourne people. Potential is there to get allot more through the gates.

17 PREMIERSHIPS, 33 x GRAND FINALISTS, 21 X Runners up

THE VFLS MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB - THE MIGHTY PORT MELBOURNE BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN, I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED, I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!

billythekid

The Tigers have played AFL/VFL reserve games in the past at Punt Road before the senior game at the G and they would get maybe 3 or 4 thousand tops.

MegaA
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Thats pretty good for this league - that is a finals crowd.

17 PREMIERSHIPS, 33 x GRAND FINALISTS, 21 X Runners up

THE VFLS MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB - THE MIGHTY PORT MELBOURNE BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN, I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED, I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!

Robbo

Still hearing Punt Road Oval is not cleared to games yet. Coaches boxes to be built plus a change room. Games at Punt Road not a done deal yet.

zebraman
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I think the days of regular big crowds have gone...in the past couple of seasons, Sandy's biggets crowds have been when we played Collingwood at home...the other big crowd was when Fevola was playing for Casey...even the usual "big games" of the past ...Port/Willy...Port/Sandy...Sandy/Frankston etc just don't get the crowds we used to...its a great pity as it's the best standard football outside the AFL...I am however, looking forward to going to Punt Rd later in the season to see Richmond play Sandy...it's a curtain raiser before Richmonds game against GWS...haven't been to Punt Road since Sandy played there in the 1967 Finals series

Sandy. The most successful club in the past 30 years

vfa
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When Richmond was standalone in 2000 season before it joined Coburg, one of their games against Springvale was televised by ABC from Punt Road Oval being the first VFA game televised for over 40 years. It was the Round 13 clash on 17 June
For the record Richmond 6-5-41 got hammered by Springvale 18-22-130

billythekid

[quote=zebraman]

I think the days of regular big crowds have gone...in the past couple of seasons, Sandy's biggets crowds have been when we played Collingwood at home...the other big crowd was when Fevola was playing for Casey...even the usual "big games" of the past ...Port/Willy...Port/Sandy...Sandy/Frankston etc just don't get the crowds we used to...its a great pity as it's the best standard football outside the AFL...I am however, looking forward to going to Punt Rd later in the season to see Richmond play Sandy...it's a curtain raiser before Richmonds game against GWS...haven't been to Punt Road since Sandy played there in the 1967 Finals series

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Sandys poor form since joining St Kilda wouldnt be helping
either.

Some of the Saturday crowds are pathetic at VFL (sic)
grounds and I dont see anyway they will improve.
The other interesting thing is that even the alingement clubs get hardly any AFL fans showing up

Quite a lot of local league games put the VFL to shame considering the VFL/AFL Victoria keep telling us its the best comp outside the AFL

Unfortunately the VFA/VFL crowds have gone the way of the Sheffield Shield cricket that had very good crowds before WW2 and never recovered after the war and now gets 200-300 to the G.
The basketball is another sport that has had its day and will likely never get the big crowds back.Horse racing and the Trots are other that are way down on what the used to get Racing apart from the Cups carnival ey are lucky to get 7- 8000 when in the past 25 - 30.000 was the average

History shows once a sport/Comp loses its core support it never recovers and thats sadly where the VFL is now at.

The one new sport that has proved succesfull in attracting big crowds is the cricket T20 as it appeals to a younger audience.

MegaA
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Is it the appeal of the product being sold or the marketing of the product that gets people through the gates ? You look at the soccer now - it gets great crowds as compared to the past league however more people are paying more money $$$ to watch a lesser product. The quality of the soccer is worse yet the fans still flock to the grounds - why ? its marketed very well although a lesser product is being sold.

Who knows if the VFL had a extensive marketing campaign what the possibilities may be.

17 PREMIERSHIPS, 33 x GRAND FINALISTS, 21 X Runners up

THE VFLS MOST SUCCESSFUL CLUB - THE MIGHTY PORT MELBOURNE BOROUGH!

I'M PORT MELBURNE BORN, I'M PORT MELBOURNE BRED, I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!

billythekid

[quote=MegaA]

Is it the appeal of the product being sold or the marketing of the product that gets people through the gates ? You look at the soccer now - it gets great crowds as compared to the past league however more people are paying more money $$$ to watch a lesser product. The quality of the soccer is worse yet the fans still flock to the grounds - why ? its marketed very well although a lesser product is being sold.

Who knows if the VFL had a extensive marketing campaign what the possibilities may be.

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Mega dont get sucked in by the soccer mobs latest spin as their crowds are now back to normal "We are going to be #1 code" and all that bullshit coming out of Sydney.

If soccer is SO popular then why not play in the winter like all other football codes.
The total A League crowd for 5 matches is less a half decent AFL game.

With the VFL dont forget it is up against the might of the AFL on its home turf and lets face it nothing in Melbourne comes near the AFL when it comes to crowd size week in week out.

The only real hope for the ex VFA clubs was for them to get on board with pokies like Port,Nth Ballarat, Williamstown and to a lesser extent Frankston but sadly have not all have including my team Sandringham and without pokie money it will be hard to compete

You only have to look to the AFL where Collingwood the most successfull AFL club financially gets millions from it pokies outlets - take that money away and Collingwood would be running massive losses.

Heres the truth about soccer!


A-League crowds slashed in half

By AAP .
2 December 2013 06:34PM EST

FANS flocked to stadiums in record numbers to watch the A-League's opening round this season, but now just seven weeks later attendance figures have more than halved.

Bolstered by big crowds in Sydney, Melbourne and Gosford, some 100,998 people attended the first round in October - the biggest figure for a regular-season round in the eight-year history of the league.

But fast forward to last weekend and round eight recorded a collective figure of just 46,047 for all five fixtures.

Teams like Wellington and Melbourne Heart normally record smaller numbers than some of the bigger clubs.

Add to that a recent run of bad form by both bottom-of-the-table clubs and that could explain why they had their lowest crowds this season last weekend.

But proving results aren't everything, defending champions Central Coast and top-placed Brisbane Roar also recorded their lowest crowds this season

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