What They're Saying - The Bulldogs Media Thread - Part 3

Virgin Dog

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Really love how the club is aiming high. We have more than enough supporters to reach 50,000. Fair enough many cannot afford a membership, or cannot attend games due to work or family commitments. It's those bandwagoners we need to get honest with and back on board. Support your club through the highs and lows. Not just when are in it for a flag chance.

Be nice to see us put North, Saints and Demons behind us on the membership tally and move from a bottom club to a mid tier one.
Genuine question - what membership options are there for people who can't attend games? One of my pet peeves with the club are how Vic-centric everything seems to be, so interstate fans often get shafted with everything
 

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Virgin Dog

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The do need non-match day memberships for those who can rarely attend.
Yeah, I mean I'd be happy to buy one, but I just see no reason to spend so much money on a membership I get nothing out of. I attend every Perth game we play as General Admission (or sometimes using friends/family Freo membership) but really I just see no reason to buy a membership since there's really no incentive as an interstate fan.

If they sold memberships that give a bit of merchandise, some exclusive content / discounts, plus some other benefits when we play interstate (i.e. game entry into away games interstate) then I'd be more than happy to buy. Otherwise, it's pointless. I've never been a Bulldogs member despite supporting them for years.

That's without even mentioning those who simply can't make it to games anymore. My grandparents were Dockers members since the club was first established, but they gave it up a couple years ago because it was getting harder to climb the stairs and do all the walking in the stadium. The money they saved on memberships they just used to buy a new TV to enjoy the games at home, because as non-attending fans there was little reason to continue being members, so it's not even an exclusive problem to the Dogs
 

Boyd oh Boyd

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Yeah, I mean I'd be happy to buy one, but I just see no reason to spend so much money on a membership I get nothing out of. I attend every Perth game we play as General Admission (or sometimes using friends/family Freo membership) but really I just see no reason to buy a membership since there's really no incentive as an interstate fan.

If they sold memberships that give a bit of merchandise, some exclusive content / discounts, plus some other benefits when we play interstate (i.e. game entry into away games interstate) then I'd be more than happy to buy. Otherwise, it's pointless. I've never been a Bulldogs member despite supporting them for years.

That's without even mentioning those who simply can't make it to games anymore. My grandparents were Dockers members since the club was first established, but they gave it up a couple years ago because it was getting harder to climb the stairs and do all the walking in the stadium. The money they saved on memberships they just used to buy a new TV to enjoy the games at home, because as non-attending fans there was little reason to continue being members, so it's not even an exclusive problem to the Dogs
The closest thing is a 5 game membership for $135 where you can swap 1 game for a free ticket to an interstate game. Maybe see if anyone here is willing to buy the other 4 games off you?
 

Virgin Dog

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The closest thing is a 5 game membership for $135 where you can swap 1 game for a free ticket to an interstate game. Maybe see if anyone here is willing to buy the other 4 games off you?
I don't really know anyone in Melbourne tbh, all my family is in WA, NSW or overseas. Would prefer to have an easy option right there for interstate fans that isn't just flushing our money down the toilet. For now, my only way of supporting the club is by watching the games and buying merchandise, but this isn't reflected in the membership count :/
 

dogwatch

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I don't really know anyone in Melbourne tbh, all my family is in WA, NSW or overseas. Would prefer to have an easy option right there for interstate fans that isn't just flushing our money down the toilet. For now, my only way of supporting the club is by watching the games and buying merchandise, but this isn't reflected in the membership count :/
I just get to my one game a year (2 in a good year) and treat the rest as a donation in appreciation for being able to watch them on TV.
However I don’t want to make assumptions about your circumstances. That approach obviously depends on whether you can afford that level of donation.
 

Virgin Dog

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I just get to my one game a year (2 in a good year) and treat the rest as a donation in appreciation for being able to watch them on TV.
However I don’t want to make assumptions about your circumstances. That approach obviously depends on whether you can afford that level of donation.
Money not really an issue, it's more just that I feel better spending the hundreds on a jumper, scarf, etc. Would just like a meaningful way to add to the membership number without it being a straight up donation (if I'm gonna donate money, it'll be to an animal shelter, cancer charity, etc. Not a footy club, but that's just my own personal opinion)
 

mackem

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Money not really an issue, it's more just that I feel better spending the hundreds on a jumper, scarf, etc. Would just like a meaningful way to add to the membership number without it being a straight up donation (if I'm gonna donate money, it'll be to an animal shelter, cancer charity, etc. Not a footy club, but that's just my own personal opinion)
Have you contacted the club and expressed your concerns with them? If not why not maybe they can fix you up with some sort of membership.
 

Fossie 32

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I don't really know anyone in Melbourne tbh, all my family is in WA, NSW or overseas. Would prefer to have an easy option right there for interstate fans that isn't just flushing our money down the toilet. For now, my only way of supporting the club is by watching the games and buying merchandise, but this isn't reflected in the membership count :/
It’s helping the club survive and function not flushing down the drain?????
 

Yesterday Dog

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So many of our loudest supporters aren't members and I'm sick of it. We need to be ruthless. I always get my 11 games + social despite never making it more than once or twice a year and I'm pretty low on the socio-economic scale (but very privileged to be living in such a wonderful country) Very handy for an unexpected year like 16' having social club, might I add.

I've been making excuses for other membershipless "supporters" for years but we need to move past that to be honest. Just pretend you got a speeding fine, or use their payment options.
 

TempletonTheRat

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I just get to my one game a year (2 in a good year) and treat the rest as a donation in appreciation for being able to watch them on TV.
However I don’t want to make assumptions about your circumstances. That approach obviously depends on whether you can afford that level of donation.
Virgin Dog

I'm the same as Dogwatch - get to one game a year, sometimes none, sometimes more.

The interstate membership get you into 5 games, one of which can be the game played in your state.
I add social club and its around $300 for the year from memory
I don't get $300 of value but as DW says that's my yearly donation to the club

You need to look at it like "What can I do for the club" not "what will the club do for me"
 

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Virgin Dog

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Have you contacted the club and expressed your concerns with them? If not why not maybe they can fix you up with some sort of membership.
Hadn't really given it a thought, but probably should enquire and see whether they plan on offering anything for non-attending members
 

Virgin Dog

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So many of our loudest supporters aren't members and I'm sick of it. We need to be ruthless. I always get my 11 games + social despite never making it more than once or twice a year and I'm pretty low on the socio-economic scale (but very privileged to be living in such a wonderful country) Very handy for an unexpected year like 16' having social club, might I add.

I've been making excuses for other membershipless "supporters" for years but we need to move past that to be honest. Just pretend you got a speeding fine, or use their payment options.
It's just downright rude to question how much someone supports the club based on whether they pay for a membership. I would rather see my charity go towards actual charities that need it, and support the club in my own way. But fu** me right?
 

Fossie 32

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If the club has to rely on interstate fan handouts to just survive, then I question the competence of those in charge. Shouldn't expect charity from interstate fans
I don't think they come near to needing support [not charity] from interstate fans.
But my statement stands. It all helps. I don't get to many games either, but after 1989 :oops::oops: I would never go without being a member and buy memberships for all my family [don't tell my wife :oops:]. But everyone has their own capabilities and priorities
You seem to be getting a bit defensive bro. I understand if so - we shouldn't be hammering people for not being members, just a bit of positive encouragement :$
 

Virgin Dog

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I don't think they come near to needing support [not charity] from interstate fans.
But my statement stands. It all helps. I don't get to many games either, but after 1989 :oops::oops: I would never go without being a member and buy memberships for all my family [don't tell my wife :oops:]. But everyone has their own capabilities and priorities
You seem to be getting a bit defensive bro. I understand if so - we shouldn't be hammering people for not being members, just a bit of positive encouragement :$
Yeah it's fine, everyone has different opinions on it. I just don't like people suggesting that you're not a real fan if you're not a member (which someone did). I'm happy to be a member, I just don't want to effectively donate money to a non-charity, but would be happy to pay for some other form of membership if it were available
 

dogwatch

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Money not really an issue, it's more just that I feel better spending the hundreds on a jumper, scarf, etc. Would just like a meaningful way to add to the membership number without it being a straight up donation (if I'm gonna donate money, it'll be to an animal shelter, cancer charity, etc. Not a footy club, but that's just my own personal opinion)
👍🏼 Charities are good.
Most of them are more worthy than a footy club too. Even ours.

It’s absolutely a personal choice... but I like to do as the Mexican girl says!
 

ossie_21

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For what it’s worth I got my 5th consecutive year certificate last year, been in WA with the 5 game/1 interstate game option the whole time. Don’t think I ever used the 1 game & I’d just buy 2 or more seats for the mrs or mates to go to the games with.

Now moving to Melbourne I’m looking forward to upgrading my membership, it’s already renewed the other day but just need to call & organise it. Will also add a plus 1 for the mrs who will now become a Bulldog fan :devil:

Could have gone the cheaper option, but at the same time was happy to just support the club. Everyone’s circumstances are different though
 

Northernsoul74

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For what it’s worth I got my 5th consecutive year certificate last year, been in WA with the 5 game/1 interstate game option the whole time. Don’t think I ever used the 1 game & I’d just buy 2 or more seats for the mrs or mates to go to the games with.

Now moving to Melbourne I’m looking forward to upgrading my membership, it’s already renewed the other day but just need to call & organise it. Will also add a plus 1 for the mrs who will now become a Bulldog fan :devil:

Could have gone the cheaper option, but at the same time was happy to just support the club. Everyone’s circumstances are different though
Social club is well worth adding on.
 

Charlie Bucket

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Yeah it's fine, everyone has different opinions on it. I just don't like people suggesting that you're not a real fan if you're not a member (which someone did). I'm happy to be a member, I just don't want to effectively donate money to a non-charity, but would be happy to pay for some other form of membership if it were available
Need to be mindful that the charities you talk about aren’t overly meaningful. Most of the big charities only 10-15%of money raised actually reaches the needy, the rest is pocketed by the corporations that run the charity.
Football clubs, corporate charities... It’s almost the same thing.
Personally I’d prefer to spend my coin on the club, at least they aren’t pretending to be the saviour for all unfortunate.
 

Virgin Dog

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Need to be mindful that the charities you talk about aren’t overly meaningful. Most of the big charities only 10-15%of money raised actually reaches the needy, the rest is pocketed by the corporations that run the charity.
Football clubs, corporate charities... It’s almost the same thing.
Personally I’d prefer to spend my coin on the club, at least they aren’t pretending to be the saviour for all unfortunate.
Yeah that's why I mentioned animal shelters. Most are run by volunteers and actually serve the purpose they claim to. No way I'd donate to the cancer charities that spend <10% of the funds on anything meaningful
 

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