End of the day someone pays
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,
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