Support your club from behind the goals at least once

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Why every A-League fan should experience their club’s fanatical side.

Whether you’re a newbie to the game or a ten year fan of the Hyundai A-League, experiencing a team’s supporters’ end is a rite of passage. Whether it be Sydney FC’s Cove, Brisbane’s Den or the Wanderers Red & Black Block, these fanatical support groups bring energy to the stadiums and offers those fans willing to give up their comfortable seats and brave the beer showers an unforgettable experience. Here’s why every A-League fan should experience their supporters’ end as least once.

The Chants

We’ve all been caught mouthing and mumbling nothings as you pretend to know every word of your team’s favourite chant. And while you stand there miming, trying whatever you can not to let the person next to you know that you’re really just stretching your jaw, a wave of guilt washes over you as you look over to the supporter’s end belting it out like it’s nothing. But don’t fret! One or two games sitting in the supporters’ end and you’ll be leading the chants back in Bay 13 in no time.

The Passion

If you’re one of those people who needs a bit more action from their football then nothing quite heightens the atmosphere or the competitiveness of a game like being surrounded by a few hundred hardcore supporters yelling, chanting and riding on every moment. And what’s more, if you plonk yourself in the middle of this bunch, their passion is infectious. 20 minutes into the game and you’ll be scowling at the ref, throwing shade at the visitors and linking arms with a stranger you don’t know but is now you’re best mate because he liked your enthusiasm when you told off the linesmen.

The Pre-Game

The pre-game is a crucial component to any involvement in the supporters’ end. Sinking a few beers at the local and then marching as a single unit, chanting all the way to the stadium has to be one of the most special moments in the A-League. A modern adaptation of two factions raging war, a pang of energy will surely ring through you as the looming figure of the stadium grows, all the while surrounded by your brethren making coordinated bone reverberating noise.

The Celebratory Initiation

And finally, the infamous beer shower after your team scores. Something every fan has to undergo, like some type of pseudo footballing baptism. Sure you might come home smelling like an alcoholic but you’re now a true supporter.

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George Vlotis
UTS Journalism graduate and football fanatic. Ex-NSW premier league player and now fortunate enough to be reporting on the A-League. Sydney is Sky Blue. Follow me @VlotisGeorge

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