Inaugural Success is only the start for Western United

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Although their hope of making the championship match in their inaugural season was brutally cut short by Sydney FC, Western United proved that there is only more to come.

The Football Sack took a look at the success of the inaugural season of new clubs to join the A-League to prove just why Western United will be one of the very best amongst them in seasons to come. They might not have had the best inaugural season on paper but they have the recipe to be the best very soon.

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Gold Coast United (2009 – 2012)

Clive Palmer would have had more luck investing his money at https://www.paripop.com/fr than trying to stick by a side that eventually flopped in the A-League. Gold Coast’s first two seasons were actually quite hopeful, finishing third and fourth. The loss of key players such as Bruce Djite and Shane Smeltz were the beginning of the unfortunate events to unfold in the 2011/12 A-League season. Western United just need to make it through another three seasons…

Melbourne Heart (2010)

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Melbourne Heart took a bigger gamble than someone would in an online blackjack casino to compete with their cross-town rivals, Melbourne Victory. Like Heart, United were able to secure wins in the first derby matches. Melbourne Heart though finished their season in eighth place with an 8-11-11 record.

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North Queensland Fury (2009 – 2011)

Only the die-hard A-League fans would looks fondly back on the existence of the Fury and how little they were able to achieve in their two seasons. Seventh and 11th place finished on top of financial struggles saw their A-League licence revoked.

Wellington Phoenix (2007)

It wasn’t the introduction to the A-League that Phoenix would have hoped for. Finishing on the bottom of the ladder, the team across the ocean finished with five wins, five draws and 11 losses.

Western Sydney Wanderers (2012)

One of Western United’s only competitors to better their first season, the Wanderers finished on top of the table, with a 18-3-6 record, and came second in the finals. They were able to back up the next season finishing second in both the regular season and the finals again.

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And now we have Western United. A club made to have three home grounds whilst their home ground in Tarneit was being build, this was one of their first challenges that they overcome.

In a season disrupted by COVID-19, United finished fifth on the ladder with 12-3-11. Their biggest win was recorded against Central Coast Mariners, taking down the wooden spooners 6-2. Additionally, they were able to beat Melbourne Victory on both occasions the sides met and took advantage of a struggling Sydney FC in the latter half of the season.

They did all this while forced to undergo a four-month lockdown, relocating interstate to continue the season and being quarantined for 14 days.

To go on and to make the semi-finals with the mental strain and uncertainty of the season ultimately proved a sense of maturity and resilience among the players – and their eagerness not only to make a name for themselves in the A-League but be good enough to stay.

Feature imaged credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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