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mattpolo8

Team Captain
Sep 25, 2012
395
346
AFL Club
Sydney
Other Teams
Arsenal
I think to do so, you will need to change the way Sydney thinks. They talk Rugby League day in and day out, but no-one I know is a member, even those who go to games regularly. They rose up in their droves to save South Sydney, raised millions, and they only have 28,895 members.
Having grown up with a league background and town (newcastle) and transitioned to afl during high school, I've had tonnes of conversations and pub arguments surrounding this. I just think it purely comes down to the whole TV v live sport discussion. League games are lifeless and even hardcore league fans will tell you this. This translates to lack of memberships. The obvious competition in the Sydney market between league clubs doesn't help either.

Its definitely an ongoing conversation/argument between afl and nrl though.
 

caesar88

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 26, 2016
19,569
23,262
AFL Club
Sydney
Would like to become the biggest club in Australia, some in media believe we have 1,000,000 supporters and are the biggest fan base. If we could get over 100,000 paying supporters the VFL boffins in charge might think twice before our next trade ban for doing nothing wrong.
Well we're nearly there, only 40,000 to go
 

Kirkswan

Premium Gold
May 10, 2014
4,507
8,201
Sydney
AFL Club
Sydney
Having grown up with a league background and town (newcastle) and transitioned to afl during high school, I've had tonnes of conversations and pub arguments surrounding this. I just think it purely comes down to the whole TV v live sport discussion. League games are lifeless and even hardcore league fans will tell you this. This translates to lack of memberships. The obvious competition in the Sydney market between league clubs doesn't help either.

Its definitely an ongoing conversation/argument between afl and nrl though.
Maybe, but no-one I know is a member, unless membership is included with the membership of an affiliated club. It just doesn't occur to them, regardless of what sport they follow.
 

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mattpolo8

Team Captain
Sep 25, 2012
395
346
AFL Club
Sydney
Other Teams
Arsenal
Bump

Anyone know any recent figures? saw some table that said we are only at 40k.. This time last year were at 52k.
 

Ticky009

Premium Gold
Jun 2, 2014
8,311
15,182
AFL Club
Sydney
Other Teams
The Rebel Alliance
Bump

Anyone know any recent figures? saw some table that said we are only at 40k.. This time last year were at 52k.
There’s nothing on our page MP, which makes me confused, as someone over on the main membership thread posted 45k and quoted our website as their source.
 

mattpolo8

Team Captain
Sep 25, 2012
395
346
AFL Club
Sydney
Other Teams
Arsenal
anyone know anything about the geelong game? someone said ticketmaster have members tickets on sale tomorrow, but it never gave me an option to add on the geelong game...
 

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The King!

Chosen One
Aug 3, 2004
110,964
95,705
Backwater
AFL Club
Sydney
Other Teams
Cavs, Redsox, Patriots
This is great number given it's 2020
membership number of 48,322 compared to 2019 61, 671 members
#ProudlySydney

We had second biggest % drop off
 

TheMase

Brownlow Medallist
Jul 20, 2001
19,534
17,145
Sydney
AFL Club
Sydney
Other Teams
Sydney Swans
I am pretty sure the membership tally includes people buying multiple 3 game passes/ membership, and clearly with little football in Sydney, this would be expected to drop away.
 

Olian

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 12, 2013
6,220
7,780
Between the Bridges
AFL Club
Sydney
I am pretty sure the membership tally includes people buying multiple 3 game passes/ membership, and clearly with little football in Sydney, this would be expected to drop away.
It does (also I think includes pet memberships... ) and would explain why the likes of the WA and Queensland teams had increases in membership numbers. They could play a fair amount of football at home. In saying that Adelaide's numbers were down but they were wooden spoon favourites from early on. Sydney and Melbourne both had big drops which could aligns a little with their ladder position from 2019.

Even big clubs like the Pies suffered a 10% drop in member numbers.

Test will be whether Sydney can bounce back to the 60K mark.
 

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