Macarthur FC Thread

#49

Yeah, you’d have to think that’s an advantage. If you’re not having people turn up and think “this is shit, the EPL is way better” then you’re off to a good start. It will be interesting to see how the club market themselves to the community. FFA marketing is useless, they only seem to market existing A League fans.

#50

While that might be a real shame to those of us who are already supporting teams in this league, it does provide a real point of difference for those who are maybe interested in Wests but are turned off by the RBB.

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#51

Yeah, I know some Wests fans that stopped going to games and don’t really support them that much any more because of the RBB and their antics. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them jump ship. They have young families and some of them live roughly halfway between Para and Campbelltown.

#52

All good decisions get made on the Bus to Bowral.

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#54

This reference makes me so happy

#55

So should the expansion side that actually should have gone for United still go for it?

#56
#57

call themselves South Western United and wear black and green

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#58

Had their first fan forum last night. Also have their own name and colours survey: Enter for your chance to win a MSWU Playing Strip

#59

To be honest, based on their social media presence, they already seem so far ahead of Western United.

#60

I completed the survey. I really want them to have South West in their name, just to annoy WSW.

#61

Seems a little redundant to complete a survey for a new team to annoy a nothing team like WSW.

Having grown up in the area I really hope they just go with Macarthur. I think falling for the idea of basing team names on their direction on the compass to a postcode 60km away in a national competition is ridiculous. I really really hope they resist the temptation of going with black and white as a lot of people on social media are calling for all based on the idea of the Magpies being from the area for a whole 20 years of their 100+years existence. The areas 'traditional colours have always been yellow and blue (not that I am advocating for that either)

#62

Yeah I absolutely hope they don’t go geographical. It’s just such a hollow sounding name. The idea that people won’t support it if it’s got MacArthur in the name and they’re form the suburb next door doesn’t make sense to me

#63

How do you think Macarthur-Campbelltown would go? I’m not that familiar with how locals think of the area but would that be something people would be into?

#64

It shouldn’t matter but it seems to. If WSW were instead the Parramatta Wanderers, do you think they would have had such a big following in the first years? Anyone who identified with being from Western Sydney were instantly able to latch on. The club was able to tap into the whole pride of the west thing. I don’t think it would have had the same impact had it been named as Parramatta.

#65

Yeah fair points and probably on my own logic we should be Moore Park FC.

I think its dependent on the amount of clubs in the city though. Us being the first it made sense to go for the whole market. Wanderers coming in second needed it to have a point of difference. Now you have South West and then next you bring in a Blacktown team and do they become North Western Sydney United? Three seems to become the tipping point at which you got to go for more of an identity than a geogrpahical region

#66

So, there is no suburb called Macarthur, never has been. That term has been used since as far back as I know (the 70’s) to refer to the suburbs cover under both the Campbelltown City and Camden Councils. Macarthur’s farm was in the Camden district but Campbelltown is the ‘major’ city in the area.

If the team is named Macarthur then people who identify with C’Town, Camden and further our like Picton and Wilton will associate… people from Liverpool wont but i cant imagine many from there would not already support Wanderers or be waiting around for a SW team

#67

Liverpool to Parra Stadium is 18kms

Liverpool to Campbelltown Stadium - 21kms.

The South west bit is only aboard because they knew Macathur had the stadium (and council backing) and Walker’s $$ - neither they could compete with.

Putting SW in the name is dog whistling to the FFA only. I dont think anyone who knows the area would ever think that Liverpool and Bankstown are going to supply supporters to a team based out of C’Town Stadium

#68

Club naming isn’t the easiest thing as it’s obviously the first stage of your marketing. In overseas clubs it’s a bit easier as they have the history behind them. Many clubs were built off of geography and therefor had a chance to build up this identity before hitting the big stage. The geographical divide was built up from scratch and you almost had tribalism in force.

Sydney, especially, is a tough market with that. Sydney FC is already seen as the Sydney club and it has the money and organisation behind it to push this. The easiest and fastest way to create an identity, in Sydney, that sets you apart from the other clubs, is geography. Wanders did it well and didn’t limit themselves to one area. The West is as a small or as big as you want it to be. Limiting a club to just the “Macarthur area” would limit their potential market, having a term such as South West, opens up the market to people from outside the area.

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#69

Wonder too if the Fox complaints about Western United not having Melbourne in the name apply to this too (would Macarthur be better than South West or would they want South West Sydney)