Yep. I know a bunch of wanderers supporters of varying levels of interest, most of whom would stand with the RBB at games. Hardly any of them go to games now, despite religiously going in the first couple of seasons. The majority were new to the A League (EPL fans), others had loosely supported Sydney FC but hadn’t gone to a game in years and didn’t really associate that strongly with the club. Not all of them lived in the west, but claimed some sort of affiliation with the west (sometimes in stupid ways, like, “my grandparents lived there” despite the fact that they grew up in Epping).
I’ve asked them why they don’t really go to games any more. The responses vary. The common thread is that it was fun for a while but they just kind of got over it (that’s pretty normal for any “new” thing, there’s a hype cycle, and it’s inevitable that after a while people will lose interest. But an interesting thing is that a fair few of them were saying that they were sick of the RBB’s antics and didn’t really want to be a part of it anymore. So through all of their self centeredness, the RBB have alienated themselves from a lot of fans. Even with the new stadium, I don’t think they’ll ever reach the heights that they had in those first two years. There will definitely be another period of hype when the new stadium is opened and it’s a novelty to go and seem them play there, but then the interest will wear off again and the crowds will diminish.