It’s the vibe of the thing, your Honour.
Dennis Denuto summed it up in the classic 1997 Aussie movie, The Castle. It is that something that is hard to convey to non-football people, but we all know what “the vibe” is.
Last night I went as usual to watch and support my Gold Coast United football team play Melbourne Victory at Skilled Park. Apparently there were over 2000 of us, but I don’t know where the other 1000 were.
Its all about the people at a football match, and I think that is something most other codes of sport don’t get. It is certainly something Clive Palmer doesn’t get.
3 years ago we came together as a small supporter group and thanks to Clive Palmer we have shrunk to a smaller supporters group. But the people who remain are fantastic people and I certainly am better off for knowing them.
In the past 2 weeks it has been a roller coaster of emotions when it comes to GCU and Palmers treatment of our club and indeed our game. Last night Clive was at it again with new signage and new jersey “sponsor”, “Freedom Of Speech”. Surely he is having a laugh. My experience over the past 3 seasons is that Clive has no intention of allowing freedom of speech unless it is his own. Just ask Miron.
Woke up this morning,
from the strangest dream
I was in the biggest army,
The world has ever seen
We were marching as one,
on the road to the holy grail
I remember singing that song walking through a tunnel in Kaiserslautern, Germany on our way to watch one of the most memorable Socceroo matches of all time. It truly was a fantastic experience, and those of you who were there can only know “the vibe” that we felt that day.
I don’t for a minute compare GCU crowds and “the biggest army the world has ever seen”, but as supporters and a team we covet the “Holy Grail” of winning a premiership. Alas I fear that will never happen after Clive’s antics over the past 3 years.
Forza GCU supporters