Which clubs are really the big four of the AFL?

Which clubs are really the big four of the AFL?

  • Essendon, Collingwood, Carlton & Richmond.

    Votes: 142 67.3%
  • Sydney, Essendon, Crows & Collingwood.

    Votes: 15 7.1%
  • Sydney, Essendon, Crows & West Coast.

    Votes: 54 25.6%

  • Total voters
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Lockyer24

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is it going on match attendances......members......flags.......profit

or all of the above :)

Most Vics would tell you Essendon, Collingwood, Carlton, Richmond....

but I spose West Coast, Adelaide, Collingwood and Essendon is fair enough on a national scale

Id like to see West Coast and Adelaide fill a stadium the size of the MCG though (not doubting they probably could given the right circumstances)
 

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#7
Originally posted by ok.crows


According to Morgan Gallup poll, Sydney are the most popular.
Yes but according to the Morgan Gallup poll immediately prior to last years federal election, Labor was *actually* going to have a 17 percentage point swing to it, and Kim Beazley should be our PM at the moment.
 

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#8
Originally posted by ok.crows


According to Morgan Gallup poll, Sydney are the most popular.
This is the problem with quantifying who is the biggest club.

Do you take the number of supporters (as Morgan's have attempted)?
Do you take the number members (including cats and dogs)?
Do you take average attendances?

Agree on a methodology (ha!) and then you may find an answer!
 

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Thread starter #9
Originally posted by Lockyer24
is it going on match attendances......members......flags.......profit

or all of the above :)

Most Vics would tell you Essendon, Collingwood, Carlton, Richmond....

but I spose West Coast, Adelaide, Collingwood and Essendon is fair enough on a national scale
This is the point though.

The first group gets the majority of the media attention on a national scale.

The second group gets the majority of the audience attention on a national scale.

Why is there a discrepancy?
 

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I agree Collingwood, Essendon, Adelaide and WC

But Sydney probably has the most unfulfilled potential and could join that group. Its a case of when - or whether - it will get there. A lot depends on a media that is interested in truly growing the game in the country's biggest city rather than trying to find reasons to belittle the city's enthusiam whenever it can and failing to recognise that the challenges faced by any team in Sydney are currently different to those faced by all other teams (other than the Lions).
 

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#12
Essendon, Collingwood, Adelaide and West Coast.

Would make more money, play in front of larger crowds and draw the best TV ratings of any of the clubs.
 
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#13
You'd say at this point in time its Essendon, Collingwood, Adelaide and West Coast, but I'm sure that the AFL would love it to be Brisbane, Sydney, West Coast and Adelaide. That way they would have a huge market share in the main 5 cities in Australia.
 

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i wouldn't be surprised that sydney are the most popular but of that group i would question if they are actually AFL supporters.

Morgan Gallup employee "Who is your favourite AFL club?"

NSW rugby supporter "I'm from Sydney so I'll say Sydney"

Morgan Gallup employee "Who is the captain of Sydney?"

NSW rugby supporter "Err..... Tony Lockett?"
 
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#17
**** I agree with Lockyer for the 2nd time this week which is a bit of a worry :eek: -
I spose West Coast, Adelaide, Collingwood and Essendon is fair enough on a national scale
BTW Lockyer, in answer to:
Id like to see West Coast and Adelaide fill a stadium the size of the MCG though
- 92, 94, 97 & 98 GF + the one which the Weagles lost.
 

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#21
My thoughts

Clear ranking is difficult, but considering the factors of average home attendances, average away attendances, popular support (ie non members), members, financial strength, then at present the rank would sit:

Equal 1st: Collingwood/Essendon/Adelaide
Equal 4th: West Coast/Sydney
Equal 6th: Hawthorn/Port/Carlton
Equal 9th: Richmond/Geelong/Melbourne/Brisbane
Equal 13th: Fremantle/St.Kilda
Equal 15th: Western/North

Movers (in last five years):

Hawthorn up two tiers (5 to 3)
Port up two tiers (5 to 3)
Sydney up one tier (3 to 2)
Brisbane up one tier (5 to 4)
Carlton down one tier (2 to 3)
Geelong down one tier (3 to 4)
St.Kilda down one tier (4 to 5)
Western down one tier (5 to 6)
North down one tier (5 to 6)
Richmond down two tiers (2 to 4)

From that you would presume there are a 'Big 3' of Ess/Coll/Adel, however due to Adelaides isolation from the EVFL (Expanded Victorian Football League....Australian Football my foot! :eek: ), it's really a 'Big Two', and given McGuire's current commitments, it could soon become a 'Big One (to match his ego!).
 

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#23
Kane I meant more like a home and away game at a venue the size of the MCG

The Crows apparently have a huge support base, its a shame they dont get to showcase it like Carlton, Essendon and the Pies do every year

And the Big 4 is a Victorian term, interstate teams need not worry about being left out :p
Hawthorn is probably unlucky to miss out
 
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#24
Hawks have a large membership but so do Melbourne if you include MCC members.
Not huge crowd pullers but have had their moments.
I'm in the IT section of a large consultancy firm and the hawks fans outnumber any other in our section. There are currently no essendon fans.
 

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Thread starter #25
Originally posted by FreeSpeech
How could you include the crows???
Your an idiot! and bias as well
How could I not include Crows?

Biggest membership. Probably the club which draws the largest number to games. (Note this is different to crowds at games, I'm talking about the number drawn by each particular club). Second or third biggest supporter base. Second or third most profitable.

How could I leave such a club out?
 
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