Homeless Western United becoming an A-League laughing stock

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Being a new club is never without its challenges, but Western United have faced more than most since joining the A-League.

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Without a stadium since their inception and still waiting for construction on a venue to begin, the club remain homeless going into the 2021-22 season and made headlines for the wrong reasons this week.

Western United’s plan to play seven games at Lakeside Stadium was shot down in quite awkward fashion by South Melbourne on Thursday.

The proud Victorian National Premier League club claimed there was no official agreement for such an arrangement and that they would do all the can to block any games being held at their home ground.

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Whether or not Western United will be able to find a work around remains to be seen, but it was a bad look for a club struggling to find its feet in an unstable environment.

Attempting to establish itself as the A-League’s third Melbourne club was never going to be easy with their lack of stadium just one issue on a list of problems as long as a list of online casinos Australia.

After a quite miraculous first season under Mark Rudan that saw them play finals football, Western United crashed back down to earth last season as they finished 10th.

With John Aloisi now at the helm, the club will be desperate to turn their on-field fortunes around but it’s matters off the pitch that pose the most concern.

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A delayed stadium construction means Western United will remain without an official home for seasons to come and that’s now how to build a fanbase.

Last season, the club had the lowest average attendance figure at 3,061 and it is hard to see that improving anytime soon.

The recent Lakeside debacle and ongoing saga around the construction of their own stadium means that rather than winning fans over, Western United are becoming a laughing stock.

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