- Jul 16, 2013
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Many thanks for your info - I really appreciate local history.Well under that pretence, Mangalore must've "folded" in 1995 when they decided to change their name to Brighton when they left the country and amateur leagues and joined the Southern Football League when it started up.
Managalore is a small area with a population of around 950 in the Brighton municipality, the club played their games in a town called Pontville (population of approximately 2,500), just along the highway.
In order to get their clubrooms and bar built at Pontville Oval for their entry in the SFL in 1996, the Brighton Council requested to the club that they change their name from Mangalore to Brighton in order to take in the wider Brighton municipality (population of around 17,000 people) to broaden their appeal to the wider community as Mangalore was only a very small club with a tiny local following, which in the longterm wouldn't have been sustainable.
The club had initial misgivings but eventually went ahead with it and were doing very well for a number of years and their supporter base, although not overly large, grew from the change as did their access to player numbers.
What really ruined Brighton Football Club was the state governments plan of cleaning up parts of nearby housing department areas of Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsmans Cove and relocating some of their more idiotic elements to new subdivisions in Brighton/Pontville, plus expansions of housing areas closer to it which totally ruined the area and brought a lot of social problems with it. Crime rates went up, anti-social behaviour went up, and many of these people noticeably infiltrated the football club.
A lot of the existing people in the club got sick of the poor behaviour, frequent violence and ended up deserting the club in droves.
Now that club doesn't even have a senior team, only fielding a reserves side and womens side in the SFL because they couldn't get enough players to even want to go there. A modern day Lachlan.
A good idea that went bad when the area went from semi rural to urban government housing and all the problems that went with it.
But as I said - I don't like name changes. I also don't like jumper/guernsey changes.
PS Green Bay is a small town in Wisconsin, but is still Green Bay Packers - a winning team.
Gotta be a lesson learned there somewhere.