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Sydney Derby

The Sydney derby has become one of the great sporting highlights in Sydney. This was just the seventh one ever, but it was an absolute cracker (esp. if you're a Sydney FC fan).

A-League 2011-2012

Another season of the A-League has now come and gone. So how did it fare? It was a promising start: Kewell and Emerton were back in the country playing, Brisbane Roar looked unbeatable and set a new Australia record and crowds were up a little on last year. At the tail end though, Palmer lost the plot and Gold Coast folded and Tinkler tried to hand his license back. Clearly all is not well. However, I think on balance it was a good season.

A-League 2010-2011 Grand Final

An extraordinary, "you couldn't have scripted it" match, with the best team all season somehow coming back from 2-0 down with minutes to go in extra time and win on penalties.

For some reason we had a trial match kicking off around the same time as the final. Not a good idea. Anyway, when we finished it was 0-0 after about 75 minutes. We headed for the pub and I listened on the car radio to the tension as Brisbane just couldn't force a winner in the final couple of minutes.

A-League Version 3

I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the Chairman's Box for the first match of the third season of the A-League (Version 3 according to the marketeers). Sydney FC took on the Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium last Friday evening in wet conditions.

I've decided to try and follow the league a bit more this year. To this end I bought myself a Sydney FC scarf.

A-League 2006-07 Grand Final

In a good sign for football, I felt obliged to watch the A-League Grand Final, even though my team did not feature. Furthermore, I had to leave home and go to the pub to do so, as the A-League is only shown on pay tv. Many of my clubmates were there too.

The match was of good quality, although in the end, Melbourne ran away with it. The final result was 6-0! With Archie Thompson scoring five, a record that's likely to stand for quite a while. A new record for a crowd was also set: 55,436.

Sydney vs Melbourne

A record crowd of 50,333 turned out at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne to see Sydney FC taken on the Melbourne Victory in Round 16 of the 2006-07 season of the A-League. This is fantastic news and great for the sport. And apparently the crowd was bigger than all bar one of the English Premier League for the same weekend. Unfortunately the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

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