Fury’s fate known to­day

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

THE North Queens­land Fury will know its fate to­day af­ter Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia boss Ben Buck­ley flies in to alert the lo­cal board of its de­ci­sion on whether the club will sur­vive be­yond 2011. Ac­cord­ing to FFA sources, Mr Buck­ley’s news will not be pos­i­tive, de­spite the Fury’s fan­tas­tic ef­fort over the past three months to raise $ 2 mil­lion to keep it­self afloat. Soc­cer Queens­land chief Geoff Fos­ter has writ­ten to Mr Buck­ley, a last-minute plea to keep the North Queens­land fran­chise alive. He has warned that the ef­fect of los­ing the Fury would be felt in Queens­land for many years. The prob­lem for the FFA is that the North Queens­land club con­tin­ues to leak money an­nu­ally, even with the Fury’s strong spon­sor­ship and cor­po­rate sup­port. For­mer Cow­boys chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Parr, in a front page ar­ti­cle, warned 12 months ago that Townsville may not be a big enough city to sus­tain four na­tional sport­ing fran­chises. With the Fury and Townsville Fire women’s bas­ket­ball on life sup­port, he may well be proven cor­rect.

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