Face facts, FFA: you made a bad call

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North - Townsville Bul­letin

THE FFA made a very bad de­ci­sion. Foot­ball in North Qld is the most pop­u­lar youth sport and is sup­ported by thou­sands of fam­i­lies and chil­dren who all adored and cheered for the Fury even when t i mes were t ough. FACT: The Fury main­tained a higher crowd per­cent­age than any other team in the league per capita. FACT: The Fury’s fan base was the fastest grow­ing. FACT: The Fury’s fu­ture spon­sor­ship have be­come on to be the high­est in the league. FACT: QLD has the third high­est pop­u­la­tion in Aus­tralia and cov­ers more ter­ri­tory then any other state in the league, yet now the only A League foot­ball QLD teams are both based 100km from each other cen­tred around South-East QLD. FACT: Townsville is the fastest grow­ing non­metropoli­tan city in Aust ralia with a pop­u­la­tion boom of 11.3 per cent per year ex­pected in the next two years yet the FFA can­not see a fu­ture profit and the po­ten­tial of fur­ther­ing the game in a re­gion that is ex­plod­ing with tal­ent.

FACT: the FFA stands for the Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia. Not the Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of a cap­i­tal/ ma­jor city. FACT: What the FFA has done is com­pletely un-Aus­tralian and you are break­ing the peo­ple, the be­lief in a game the world loves and also the spirit of a sleep­ing gi­ant called North QLD. You have com­pletely shat­tered our spirit! The peo­ple of North QLD are work­ing fam­i­lies, they grow the crops that feed your fam­i­lies. They hire the work­force to keep the econ­omy go­ing and you have just proved that the ‘‘ suits’’ from down south sim­ply do not care! Yours in dis­gust. ERIC BALL JNR,

Townsville.

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