End of the day some­one pays

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

THE demise of the Fury must be a sad day for some but it must surely send out a warn­ing call to those who refuse to put aside the rose­c­oloured and f ace f acts when they plan these es­capades.

Surely it was a folly to es­ti­mate rev­enue based on crowds av­er­ag­ing 10,000 for each game when Mr Mathe­son and the cur­rent board must surely have known that the game has never en­joyed that level of sup­port up here ever. Why did the club choose the big­gest and most ex­pen­sive venue as their home when surely Tony Ire­land Sta­dium or even the Sports Re­serve would have been ad­e­quate un­til at­ten­dances jus­ti­fied a big­ger venue.

While I have no brief to sup­port the FFA or the game it­self it has to be ap­pre­ci­ated that the pres­ence of an A-League team in Townsville cost the FFA and oth­ers some $ 9 mil­lion over two years, a fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion that could not be sus­tained. It is a tru­ism to say no mat­ter how at­trac­tive any pro­ject may seem at the end of the day some­one will have to pay. Any­how the Fury are gone but I fear that there is more to be heard. Why not have the re­puted spon­sors be named if, in­deed they ex­ist and what monies are owed in t he wind-up. Again t he les­son is spon­sor­ship is no base on which to fi­nance any­thing. Ge­orge Col­bran pours dol­lars into the Crocs be­cause he can af­ford to and he likes bas­ket­ball. I can­not be­lieve that he would sell any fewer burg­ers if he with­drew fund­ing. Call me old fash­ioned but money in sport has been the cause of no end of prob­lems which will only be over­come when hard nosed fans ac­cept that you can­not pay out more than you earn. KEN MCEL­LIG­OTT,

River­side Gar­dens.

ONE OF THE PAS­SION­ATE FANS: As we re­ported last week, Bai­ley Sim­mons, 11, has writ­ten to FFA CEO Ben Buck­ley plead­ing

for him to re­verse the de­ci­sion on the North Queens­land Fury

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