Pitchside Issue Seven

On this weeks show as well as discussing the week’s football action we will look at rugby league and give you a snippet from our Boxing vs. MMA debate.


Pitchside Supports // Sydney FC

Having decided to follow Sydney FC two weeks ago the A-League side have won both of their matches to storm up to the top half of the table. It would seem Pitchside have been a bit of a lucky charm for the club, but who are Sydney FC and why have we decided to follow them?

As a group of journalism students we have a representation of a number of clubs from the English football pyramid from right here where we are based in Carlisle down as far as London where we have George the Boring, Boring Tottenham Hotspur fan and Tom who supports Fulham in case you hadn’t worked that out.

Unfortunately but also positively this creates a bit of a divide within the camp, we therefore decided it might be good to jump on board with a neutral side, with the league in its early stages we decided to go for an A-League team. This despite the fact I’ve now had to set my alarm for 6 in the morning in order to watch Sydney’s previous two games.

So why Sydney FC? Well other than their kit being quite nice all I need to say really is Alessandro Del Piero.  The man is a legend. With a World Cup, Champions League and six Serie A titles he has done it all. We would rather support the team he is on than the team he is against. Another notable former Sydney player was former Manchester United Champions League winner Dwight Yorke who was with the club in 2006.

The A-League structure may be quite confusing but football in Australia has really started to take off and as such the league can attract some high profile names, usually those approaching the end of their careers.

Founded in 2004, Sydney first entered the A-League for the 2005-6 season where the enjoyed a fantastic campaign, finishing second in the league. A-League rules however meant Sydney would not have to finish runners-up to Adelaide United as they went on to beat Central Coast Mariners in the grand final which the league winners were not even a part of. Too bad Adelaide.

Sydney’s second and last A-League success came in the 2009-10 season where they topped the league and then went on to beat Melbourne Victory 4-2 on penalties in derby game known as “The Big Blue” .

Since then the Sky Blues have fallen off the map a bit, twice failing to make the finals and once being eliminated in the first round. With Pitchside behind them though, surely they cannot fail.

Manager, Frank Farina will be hopeful that Sydney can back into the finals this year and a 6th placed finish would achieve that, we at Pitchside are also hopeful. Hopeful that Farina will recognise Pitchside’s contribution, jet us all to the 45,000 capacity Sydney Football Stadium, and let us all witness the finals for ourselves.

So if you’re looking for a way to make your BT Sport subscription worthwhile or need something to fill your schedule at 6am on a Saturday morning. We urge you to join us and join the Sydney FC revolution.


Harry Barker