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Melbourne City vs Newcastle United, AAMI Park, Thursday 10th of October @ 7:50pm AEST.

UBET Odds.

Melbourne City: $1.40

Perth Glory: $7.00

Anything worth a punt on? – Melbourne City at $2.05 at the Half/Full time double is good value as Melbourne City should come out with something to prove after their quite frankly, abject, performance against Brisbane last Friday.

Last time they met: A 2-1 loss at Hunter Stadium where we dominated the entire first half and were made to pay for our inability to covert early chances, after conceding an early penalty in the second half we promptly fell apart. Melling getting sent off in the process as he inexplicably found himself the last man.

Last season’s results: NEW 2:1 MCY (Fornaroli x1)                07.02.2016

                                    NEW 0:4 MCY (Mooy x2, Fornaroli x2) 13.12.2015

                                    MCY 2:3 NEW (Mooy, Mauk)                  30.10.2015     

Team News.

 

Melbourne City: What a week eh? (It seems entirely appropriate to start any preview of Melbourne City with this as quite frankly; I have no idea what are the factors that motivate us playing good or bad football this, or any season) We looked aimless and while that the removal of Nicolas Colazo has caused a reshuffle of the pack, Luke Brattan missing due to international duty will be causing major headaches at Melbourne City HQ – the lack of a creative number 10 has hampered us in recent weeks and the lack of faith in Anthony Caceres to hold down the 10 role means that a  midfield three of Retre, Caceres and Kilkenny will lack confidence and match practice together. We lacked creativity in the final third last week and the ability to break down stubborn defences could really be tested against Newcastle, who’ll look to frustrate away from home.

We could see the return of Ivan Franjic to the starting lineup which would give welcome attacking impetus from our defence but we’re likely to be missing Colazo for another week due to an ear infection. We’ve got a very winnable set of games coming up over the next month or so with 3 games against teams in the bottom half – it’s time for Melbourne City to get a wriggle on (without jumping wholly on the JVS out bandwagon I’d also suggest that without a good set of results up until Christmas our well-tanned coach maybe looking for different pastures next year).

We’ve averaged a touch over 9000 fans so far this year so hopefully we can see a good healthy crowd in to keep the averages up, though a Thursday night isn’t likely to enamour people to come to the football. The W-League kicked off this week with the girls recording an easy 1-0 win (with Lydia Williams pulling out on of the best saves you’re ever likely to see) and looks like they could be due another big season, always hard to read too much into the early stages of the W-League as the teams get together so late in the season. I highly suggest you get down to a game, even if it’s only to see the kit makers despair when they learn they need to fit the name Galabadaarachchi onto a shirt. They play away against Canberra on Saturday and the games on ABC so make sure to tune in to 3pm to catch it. The Y-League game against Adelaide United is at 5pm at CB Smith reserve.

Possible Starting 11.

Bouzanis

Franjic Jakobsen Rose

Kilkenny

Retre

Caceras

Kamou Cahill Brandan

Fornaroli.

I would like to see Brandan brought into the midfield and the ever-reliable Fitzgerald get a start, but I think this is the lineup we’re more likely to see.

Newcastle: Newcastle has been a pleasant surprise this year, with their off-field struggles being contrast to some not bad football, but I think they’ll probably struggle for goals in the long run. Wayne Brown and Devante Clut are probably the best pickups from their off-season and the midfield is their strength, thought last week’s performance against Wellington showed that their defensive frailties of the past few years still exist and Nick Cowburn and second gamer Johnny Koutoumbis could be in for a torrid time against a pacy Melbourne City attack.

 

Possible Starting 11:

Duncan

Cowburn Boogard Koutombis Vujica

Poljak Ugarkovic

Brown Nordstrand Hoffman

Nabbout

Prediction: Melbourne City 1-1 Newcastle. This just has a feel of a Melbourne City slip up game with a few players out and my regular level of disappointment about Melbourne City’s game style starting to creep back into my mind.

Played for both clubs: Jason Hoffman. One of the few players to successfully play nearly every position on the pitch (insert your own joke about how well he’s played at any one of those positions). Originally a Jets product, he came to Melbourne City with promise as an attacking option and when that didn’t work out, he became a fullback. A terrifyingly regular tale for players coming to Melbourne City. Has found his way back to Newcastle where he’s started playing up on the right flank again. Was part of the thankfully short-lived Coffee with Hoffy series.

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Round 4 vs Adelaide.

Melbourne City vs Adelaide United, AAMI Park, Friday 28th of October @ 7:50pm AEST.

UBET Odds.

Melbourne City: $1.75

Perth Glory: $4.20

Anything worth a punt on? – Given the demonstrably incorrect my previous prediction was, I’ll walk back in terms of the ridiculousness of my predictions. Melbourne City to score in both halves for $2.45 seems underpriced.

Last time they met: A 4-1 loss at Coopers Stadium was the disappointing, but not entirely undeserverd end to Melbourne City’s season. Adelaide’s starting line-up for this one will likely include Galekovic, La Rocca, McGowan and Isais from our last meeting, giving a good indication of the change in personal for Adelaide both through transfers and injury, with 4 starting players missing through injury.

Last season’s results: ADL 1:4 MCY (Fitzgerald)                    22.04.2016

                                    MCY 3:2 ADL                                       08.04.2016

                                    ADL 0:1 MCY (Fitzgerald)                   11.03.2016     

Team News.

 

Melbourne City: This preview was either going to go one of two ways depending on the result of Tuesday night’s game. Either we’d lose and klaxons would start ringing at Melbourne City supporter HQ at our third consecutive loss at the Semi-Final stage of the FFA Cup competition as well as a big question mark being raised over how much could be read into our win at Ettihad. Thankfully we won and the only nagging question I find myself asking is – we can put in an excellent shift against Victory and talk about team unity and belief when a derby makes it easy, but there’s 24 other league games in a season, and dropping points when we shouldn’t has become our speciality in the past few years.

The Perth game indicated the importance of effective possession, especially at home. We had the highest average possession of the season so far, but the difference in what we did with it compared to the first two games of the season was marked. We made nearly twice as many passes, but 1 in 4 of Perths passes were long passes, compared to 1 in 7 in our case. Not that this should be overly surprising, given this is how teams will play us for large portions of this year, especially at home (credit where its due to Kenny Lowe, he’s provided a blueprint to follow for the remainder of the year for teams coming to AAMI). Perth’s heat map of possession and player location is one of the oddest you’ll see all year.

Perth Glory possession heat map.

Perth Glory heat map, attacking goals to the top of the page. (Image provide from A-league.com.au)


                 

JVS has thus far been loath to change much about his tactics and I don’t think we’ll see much different here, with Bruce Kamau likely to be inserted back into the starting line-up as the only change, depending on how Tim Cahill pulls up on a three day turn around. Players to watch are Muscat and Rose as they reasserted themselves brilliantly after a poor showing against the Glory, hopefully they can both move forward more consistently, Colazo misses after having surgery to repair his inner ear and perhaps the best news to come out of the derby cup win was seeing Ivan Franjic reintroduced to the squad ahead of schedule, even if the current formation that we’re playing doesn’t suit his strengths.

The NYL squad was confirmed this week with many players continuing from last year. Notable exceptions are Stefan Zinni and Phillip Petreski who have been with the club for extended periods of time – it’s been a while since we’ve seen a youngster break from our youth team to move to the firsts. Braeden Crowley (Forward, ex-NQF) and Bradley Clarke (Defender, ex-Dandy City) are the two we’re most likely to see during this season.

Possible Starting 11.

Bouzanis

Muscat Jakobsen Rose

Kilkenny Brattan

Caceras

Kamou Cahill Brandan

Fornaroli.

Adelaide United: Adelaide (as most premiers do) have had a major talent drain over the offseason with Goodwin, Mauk, Djite and Kamau all leaving after having good seasons with the Reds. Combined with the current injury toll and you can understand why they’ve only picked up a point so far this year (worth observing that they picked up 3 points until December last year and managed to pip WSW on goal difference), AAMI park has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for the Reds too, having a better record here than at Coopers. Adelaide have played a 4-3-3 through most of this year and the tricky Sergi Guardiola has lead the line well so far, even if he hasn’t hit the back of the net.

 

Possible Starting 11:

Galekovic

Elrich McGowan La Rocca Garrucio

Makarounas Isais Holland

Choi Guardiola Kitto

Prediction: Melbourne City 2-1 in a relative squeaker. Adelaide won’t look to move the ball as quickly or as long as Perth did which should, ideally, suit the Melbourne City game plan of quick closing and pressure on the ball, tired legs from a midweek cup game will be the evener.

Can we build an eleven from people who’ve played for both teams? We can get bloody close.

Zullo Malik Marrone Garrucio

Duganzic Reid Mauk Goodwin

Babalj Marino

We’re only a GK short, with room for Iain Ramsay, Brent McGrath, Jacob Melling, Ruon Tonyik and Kristian Sarkies on the bench.

 

 

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Round 3 vs Perth Glory

Melbourne City vs Perth Glory, AAMI Park, Friday 21st of October @ 7:50pm AEST.

UBET Odds.

Melbourne City: $1.65

Perth Glory: $4.75

Anything worth a punt on? – While it’s easy to dismiss Perth’s win against Wellington, a large part of the Kiwi side was coming off a 19000km trip from Washington DC and their capitulation against the Central Coast was hardly impressive. Melbourne City by 2+ goals at 2.65

Last time they met: A 2-0 win at AAMI park where Bruno Fornaroli scored two of the more spectacular goals you’re likely to see. While his overhead kick was pure instinct and ability, the free kick to beat Covic was a perfect example of technique and placement. As a bit of a footnote, only 11,273 fans attended that game a in an ominous sign for those expecting 15k+ this Friday night.

Last season’s results: MCY 2:2 GLO (Fornaroli x2)                17.04.2016

                                      GLO 3:2 MCY (Fornaroli, Marino)        03.04.2016

                                      GLO 2:2 MCY (Paartalu, Mooy)             17.10.2015     

Team News.

 

Melbourne City: What a week, eh? I’ve got no yardstick to measure last Saturdays game against (with the possible exception of a 4-1 win over Brisbane a few years ago), so it’s difficult to know where we go from here. We’ve been installed as favourites across the league and for the first time ever, we’ll be deemed a big scalp from early on in the season. Our record at AAMI park was superb last year, only losing three games in the entirety of last year and looking decidedly deadly against WSW in the FFA cup. The key from here is consistency and stamping complacency out of our game, something which the intensity of Fornaroli and Cahill, and the cool heads of Jakobsen and Kilkenny have the ability to provide. I don’t think we’ll see too many changes this week, Bouzanis gives me serious nerves with how long he holds onto the ball before delivering it but his delivery itself is an improvement on that of Sorenson, Colazo may also miss with an inner ear infection, caused by collective intake of breath of the back of last week leading to a massive change in air pressure. Sorry. I’ve been looking for a way to work that in all week.

Nothing to report team wise at this stage of the season with Y-League usually kicking off in early November so the likes of Tongyik, Arzani and Crowley are unlikely to see much football until then.

 

Possible Starting 11.

Bouzanis

Muscat Jakobsen Rose

Kilkenny Brattan

Colazo

Kamou Cahill Brandan

Fornaroli.

If it aint broke. Not sure what the situation between the sticks will be, Bouzanis did just about enough to keep his spot in my mind.

Perth Glory: Perth looked good in the opening half of their first game of the season. Calamitous in the second half of the same game and managed to get a draw against an underwhelming Central Coast squad which was summarily walloped the next game. They’ve also been beaten by both of these teams (neither of which is known for their possession football chops) in terms of possession, so the counter attack feeding Castro and over the top to Andy Keogh will likely be their main route towards goal. They’re a team of good quality players going forward, but the defensive flanks of Warren and Risdon who will ideally look to push on will have to be on top of their game for Kamau and Brandan not to cause them major issues. Will be good to see Rhys Williams play as he’s always been a bit of a crowd favorite of mine when he’s pulled on the green and gold a horrific run of injuries at Middlesborough has seen him come home to Perth to join a rapidly growing West Australian contingent at the Glory.

 

Possible Starting 11:

Reddy

Risdon Djulbic Williams Warren

Harold Wilson Griffiths Marinkovic

Castro

Keogh

Prediction: Melbourne City 3-0 Perth. Having watched both of the Glory’s games this season I don’t think they’ll have the ability to counter the attacking thrust of Melbourne City on Friday night. Based on this level of blind optimism we’re probably due a crushing defeat.

Played for both clubs: Adrian Zahra – A product of John Vant Schipt’s obsession for turning wingers into fullbacks, Adrian Zahra should be best known to Melbourne Heart fans for  nutmegging Phil Neville when Everton came out a few years ago and made his debut in the first Melbourne Derby, but unfortunately his career will mostly be known for being on the receiving end of a Kevin Muscat challenge which can deemed at best, horrendous (can take small solace in the fact that he was involved in the ending of his career though). His stint at Perth Glory was short lived and he now plies his trade with Port Melbourne.

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Melbourne City Preview – Round 2 @ Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory vs Melbourne City, Etihad Stadium, Saturday 15th of October @ 7:50pm AEST.

 

UBET Odds

Melbourne City: $2.60

Melbourne Victory: $2.45

Anything worth a punt on? – Melbourne City and over 2.5 Goals at $3.85 sounds like good value to me, with these games typically producing goals and I don’t think that either defence is capable of shutting the other attack out completely.

Last time they met: A 2-2 draw at AAMI park in front of nearly 26000 showcased some of the best and worst Melbourne City has to offer, attacking pace and verve and defensive deficiencies which would have been funny, weren’t they so obvious. Bloody glad to see the back of Gui Finkler.

Last season’s results: MCY 2:2 MVC (Fornaroli x2)          13.02.2016

                                    MCY 2:1 MVC (Mauk, Retre)               19.12.2015

                                    MVC 3:2 MCY (Fornaroli, Mauk)       17.10.2015     

 

Team News

Melbourne City: Strangely, Thomas Sorenson being out has divided people. Apart from his monumental brain fart against Adelaide in the last game of last season, I’ve always thought of him as one of our more reliable players and a vocal leader at the back, but Bouzanis acquitted himself well. Colazo played further forward than I’d expected and created more chances than any other player in the A-League and will probably be kept upfield (much to the chagrin all of those who condensed Josh Rose’ entire performance to a single piece of horrific play). The surprise omission from the starting lineup was Osama Malik but we could see him inserted back into a more traditional back four to counter the threat that Melbourne Victory’s attacking pacey line up will provide (I’d say that we’re more likely to be troubled by the raw pace of Austin then we would have been by the craft of Troisi due to our current fullback situation). Apart from Cahill coming in for Caceras if Timmy pulls up alright from national duty, I don’t think we’ll see too much shuffling of the pack.

 

Possible Starting 11:

Bouzanis

Chapman Jakobsen Rose

Kilkenny Brattan

Colazo

Kamou Cahill Brandan

Fornaroli.

Line up looks a bit funny, I think Colazo will be a slightly deeper play maker while Cahill will operate in both Midfield and Attack as the situation required.

 

Melbourne Victory: The Victory had an unlucky 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar up north but were far from convincing in their first hit out of the A-League season. The played a very asymmetric formation which pushed Austin and Georgievski and brought Fahid Ben Khalfallah inside, this would suit our back three down to the ground as it will allow Kilkenny and Brattan to clog up the middle of the park and remove the space that FBK and Marco Rojas thrive on. Bozanic and Valeri will be a solid pair of metronomes in the middle of the park and it promises to be an interesting battle as the midfield has the potential to be seriously overrun with players depending on the formation both teams put out.

 

Possible Starting 11:

Thomas

Geria Donachie Baro Georgievski

Varleri Rojas Bozanis

FBK Berisha Austin

 

Prediction: Melbourne City 2-1 Victory. Can’t see either team not scoring given the lopsided quality both teams have in attack, in saying that Mitch Austin vs Connor Chapman will give me nightmares.

 

Played for both clubs: Aziz Behich. Probably mostly known to the Melbourne Victory fans as the bloke who had the inability to put a ball away from 3 yards in a grand final became probably the best long term servant that the club has ever had, over 90 odd games he tore up and down the left flank and become a handy defender in addition to a great attacking weapon for Melbourne Heart.

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Melbourne City Preview – Round 1 @ Wellington

Wellington vs Melbourne City, Westpac Stadium, Saturday 8th of October @ 5:35pm AEST.

Join the forum discussion.

 

UBET Odds.

Melbourne City: $2.05

Wellington Phoenix: $3.50

Anything worth a punt on? – Melbourne City to win both halves at $6.25 seems entirely reasonable. If you ignore the fact that we start the season terribly. And that we don’t play overly well away from home. And that we once drew with this team when they were missing not only 7 players, but also their coach (!). I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Last time they met: A clinical 3-0 for Melbourne City where we arguably could (should?) have scored more. The game will probably most remembered for my call for goal of the season from Harry Novillo where he finished off an audacious chipped pass from Bruno Fornaroli. Also saw the start of the regulation capitulation that we like to observe at the end of the season.

Last season’s results: MCY 3:0 PHX (Novillo, Fornaroli x2)                28.03.2016

                                        PHX 2:1 MCY (Mooy, in absentia: Defenders) 26.02.2016

                                        MCY 3:1 PHX (Fornaroli, Novillo x2)                 25.01.2016     

 

Team News.

Melbourne City: It’s difficult not to be excited about the start of the season. It might be the fact that City showed real promise in their last FFA Cup match against the Wanderers, it might be the fact that our off-season goes for 170 days, who knows. But City come into this one with a nearly full strength squad (minus Tim Cahill on international duty and Ivan Franjic whose been rumoured to have a November start date on his season, good news for all involved) and should look to beat Wellington comfortably. Nicholas Colazo will hopefully get a start to show his ability on the left flank as a marauding full back (looked energetic up and down against Auckland City on family day and took his goal well), while Osama Malik finally looked like the player he can be last time out, making forays into midfield to cut balls out, with the defence looking infinitely more solid with Jakobsen at the heart of defence. Connor Chapman as a right back isn’t an overly exciting thought, but he’s been serviceable enough in the absence of Franjic. The front third is loaded with an embarrassment of riches, with Fitzgerald relegated to the bench. The other bench spots are likely to be very defensive and made up of Retre, Muscat and Rose (though I’d like to see Daniel Arzani move onto the pine if Caceras moves into the starting 11 to replace Cahill).

Possible Starting 11.

Sorenson

Chapman Malik Jakobsen Colazo

Kilkenny Brattan

Kamou Caceras Brandan

Fornaroli.

 

Wellington Phoenix: The Wellington Phoenix should be an exciting team (at least going forward) this year. But not when they’re decimated by international call ups like they will be on Saturday with Barbarouses, McGlinchey, Ridenton and Durante (and Louis Fenton a late call up to replace Ryan Thomas) all to miss and possibly Krishna too (but for the life of me I can’t determine if Fiji have a game or not in this international break). They’ll also struggle to replace Sigmunds graft in the backline, which will likely see a defence pairing of Dylan Fox and new import Marco Rossi who could have a torrid time against a Melbourne City front 3 who will be keen to get off on the right foot. Ernie Merrick does know how to put out a well drilled side though and Bonevacia and Finkler can be tricky when given space.

Possible Starting 11:

Moss

Lowry Fox Rossi Doyle

Parkhouse Bonevacia Rodriguez Lia

Finkler

Watson

Prediction: Melbourne City 3-1 Wellington. Melbourne City should have far too much quality for an undermanned Wellington, we’ll conceded in the 70th-80th minute when the game is done for good measure.

 

Played for both clubs: Dylan Macallister. An entirely good question of why Dylan Macallister can be asked here. Because of his goal against Victory in the opening round derby of 12-13 season. Still our only winning start to a season in our history. Also managed to get himself sent off within 11 minutes against Perth which is an achievement in itself. Hard to remember but was a very good player for an entertaining Wellington side a few years before. Currently kicking around in the NPL NSW for Rockdale City.

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Melbourne Football 2015-16 Player of the Season

1st Bruno Fornaroli 972.11
2nd Aaron Mooy 550.64
3rd Harry Novillo 275.20
4th Thomas Sorensen 264.23
5th Erik Paartalu 117.15
6th Osama Malik 117.02

 

Bruno Fornaroli

Not bad for a first season, hey? Top A-League goalscorer of all time over a season with 25 goals, quickest player to score against every A-League team (done in just 16 rounds), and first ever Melbourne-based player (of any team) to score a hattrick at AAMI are just some of the records that headlined Bruno’s stellar season. But records and stats hardly do justice to Bruno’s fantastic first season in Australia, with the quality of his goals being equally as remarkable as the quantity of goals that he scored.

The addition of Fornaroli to Melbourne City transformed what was to a large degree a one man band in the 2014-15 season (with Mooy playing all the instruments) into the most attacking team in A-League history, which scored 63 goals last season. He became the club’s most prolific goalscorer of all time in less than one season (surpassing David Williams, who took 101 games to score his 21 goals), and with Fornaroli at Melbourne City the club needn’t worry about which striker will lead the line anymore (a very longstanding club question that has finally answered).

Expect Bruno, the PFA striker of the season, to be favourite next season to win the Golden Boot (again). When he first signed for Melbourne City, Bruno said “fans can expect lots of sacrifice for the shirt”. He more than lived up to his promise, every game showing a first class attitude, and always giving his all for the shirt. Bravo Bruno! and we look forward to many more games with you fighting for Melbourne City jersey.

 

Aaron Mooy

Last season’s Melbourne Football player of the season this time claimed second place. Mooy took barely half a season to break the A-League record for assists over one season, and finished with 21 assists overall in 2015-16 (more assists than the second and third best assist providers combined). Mooy had 37 goal involvements over the season (11 goals, 21 assists, 5 secondary assists), which is more goals created than what four whole A-League teams scored (Sydney FC, Wellington, Central Coast, Newcastle).

The newly minted Socceroos regular was another Melbourne City player that walked into the A-League Team of the Season. Mooy’s spectacular attacking football will live long in the memory, and Melbourne City fans can rejoice in having seen the rising star of Australian football first make a name for himself at our club.

 

Harry Novillo

The mercurial Frenchmen missed most of pre-season with injury, as well as the first four A-League rounds, but bounced back to produce the excellent return of 10 goals over 20 starts. Combining wonderfully with Fornaroli and Mooy, Harry was the third member of the A-League’s most deadly attacking trio. Arguably the Melbourne City player with the most x-factor, who downright embarrassed many a defender, Harry also made the PFA Team of the Season (alongside Fornaroli and Maclaren as the front three).

The passionate player was a prime source of entertainment for A-League observers over the 2015—16 season, and the 24 year old still has lots of football ahead of him, where he’ll hopefully continue to dazzle at AAMI Park.

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Melbourne City Fan Representative Group Meeting 25/02/16

Attendees: Bridget, Steve, Luke, Jordan, Haydn

Club staff: Scott Munn, Sally Freedman, Luke Wyman, Melanie Price, David Harris

 

Review of the FFA appeals process for banned fans

Scott stated that the FFA will publish a table of information that details prohibited items and actions at A-League games.  This will provide clarity around what actions would lead to what bans (for example, use of flares at A-League games will bring about a five year ban).

Then the appeals process, that the FFA recently finalised, was discussed. It was stated that if an individual committed an incident listed in the table of information, then a report will be completed by stadium security, the police and the A-League club for the FFA.

The next step is the FFA producing an intention to ban notice. The recipient will have an opportunity to make their case if they wish to contest the ban notice. The recipient will get 5 days to respond through the A-League club affiliated with the recipient. Some evidence will be available to the recipient of the ban notice, but not all evidence (for example, if the recipient also had criminal charges made against him or her, then evidence that is relevant to those charges won’t be made available).

It was noted that the onus would be on the individual to prove their case (for example, by showing that they didn’t attend the match and couldn’t have performed the actions they were accused of).

A ban or penalty is then issued. Although the new process allows for one further avenue for appeal for the recipient of a ban, namely an appeal to an independent committee named Football Independent Banning Appeals Committee (FIBAC).

To summarise, information will be published to remove uncertainty around what actions at football matches lead to bans. And now the recipient of an intention to ban notice will be able to view some evidence, and will have two avenues to appeal the FFA’s intention to ban.

 

Football update

The club is satisfied with the squad, and believes it has the potential to go all the way.

Over the next two weeks some announcements will be made regarding the squad and re-signings.

Some players who are out of contract at the end of the season will have the opportunity over the remainder of the season to show that they deserve to be re-signed.

Barring any big surprises (such as a serious injury), there will be no more new additions to the squad this season.

 

Harry Novillo

The club sanctioned Novillo with the maximum penalty available through FFA regulations.

Harry has started training with the squad again.

 

W-League grand final

The W-League Grand Final at AAMI Park was discussed. FRG members raised that they were very disappointed with the whole trophy presentation as it took place with the back of the stage facing the 4,000 strong crowd. The club acknowledged that they were also very disappointed and had provided relevant feedback to FFA.

 

Melbourne City’s W-League team

Melbourne City is taking a new and path-breaking approach to W-League squad building. Unlike the commonplace upheaval with W-League teams, Melbourne City will recontract a significant number of most of its W-League squad. And unlike normal W-League recruitment, Melbourne City will re-sign numerous players to long term, multi-year contracts.

 

Melbourne City memberships

The club has almost 9,400 members.

Starting the week after the FRG meeting, a new membership deal will be announced which will consist of one free game with the purchase of a three game membership.

After some internal club discussion exploring future opportunities for membership categories, it was announced at the meeting that General Admission (GA) memberships will continue next season.

Over the next few weeks more information will be published regarding next season’s memberships.

Prices for membership packs will be the same next season.

 

Bus to Adelaide

With a bus planned by supporters for Melbourne City’s away match against Adelaide, it was discussed that this travelling group needs to sell a further 16 tickets to make this trip happen. Tickets are $63 dollars return (not including match tickets or accommodation). Any interested individuals should contact the trip organisers.

 

Cityzens

The club is looking to create a points table on the Cityzens website to inform members of their Cityzens points.

A monthly Cityzens email will be sent to Cityzens soon, that will inform members of what they can claims with their Cityzens points.

It was discussed that users don’t always receive Cityzens points, especially with regards to Youtube, Twitter and Instagram matters. The club will look into these concerns to ensure that users receive all their Cityzens points.

 

City Voice

City Voice will be relaunched soon. It will be much more interactive, and will allow users to express their opinions and emotions more readily, in some ways that are similar to Facebook.

 

City Square

The growth of City Square has seen it become a pre-game fixture for many. The club can confirm that City Square is here to stay. City Square will start around 5:30pm before the next home match against Sydney FC.

 

NPL

The NPL teams will play at the La Trobe Lower Playing Fields for the rest of the current NPL season.

The club will try to provide more coverage and media of the NPL teams, but noted the constraints with the club’s media resources to provide more detailed coverage.

 

Merchandise

Some merchandise specials will be announced towards the back end of the season.

Bigger sizes and long sleeve merchandise were discussed.

The club is interested in supporters designed merchandise competitions, in particular with regards to T-shirts. However, due to concerns over sales such competitions are unlikely for the foreseeable future.

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Melbourne City Fan Representative Group Meeting 21/01/16

Attendees:  Scott Munn, Nick Becker, Sally Freedman, Luke Wyman, David Harris, Melanie Price and Jacqui Hoban (FFA)

FRG Members: Natalie, Bridget, Haydn, Steve, Justin, Luke and Michael.

Apologies: Joey, Steve  and Chris

 

Meeting began with a reintroduction of all FRG members and club staff, and a tour of the CFA for those who hadn’t seen the facilities. Jacqui Hoban, Head of events at the FFA, was in attendance.

 

Review of the FFA appeals process for banned fans

Scott highlighted that the safety of football fans is of utmost importance for Melbourne City FC. Regarding banned fans, he reiterated that the FFA must provide clear rules regarding such processes and that there be an opportunity for fans to appeal unfair rulings. Clear repercussions should be in place if the fan is found guilty.

 

Jacqui, on behalf of the FFA, was on board with the above and acknowledged that fans are pivotal to the success of the sport. FFA’s priority is to provide a safe and friendly environment for all fans, free of criminal activity and misbehaviour. The FFA has been consulting with a-league clubs, active supporter groups, venues and state police bodies to establish rules and clarify concerns. The active supporter groups of Melbourne Victory and the Western Sydney Wanderers declined to be part of such discussions. The FFA will continue to work with active supporter groups throughout the year.

 

Through aforementioned talks, the appeals process is currently outlined below although subject to change:

  • Fans will not be automatically banned – they will receive an intention to ban notice
  • The intention to ban notice will include all information regarding the appeals process
  • Fans will have five to seven days to come forward to the FFA via their respective clubs to appeal the decision
  • If there is sufficient evidence to prove the fan innocent then no ban notice will be received
  • If there isn’t sufficient evidence the fan will then receive a ban notice
  • This ban notice may then be appealed a second time through an independent body
  • Evidence may include police reports, CCTV and witness reports

 

The FFA will only ban people who are putting fan safety at risk.

 

Another goal is to decrease police presence at games. Acknowledged their presence can be intimidating and it is costly to have them there. Police numbers are based on crowd behaviour of the clubs previous matches. Incidents must reduce in order for police numbers to decrease.

 

The FFA states that leaking of the documents containing the banned individuals was absolutely horrendous. FFA staff are briefed annually regarding this list and it is to remain confidential. The FFA have written to the police asking for a formal investigation to be conducted however have been told this is not a legal matter.

 

 

Membership update

The latest member survey indicates that the new three and seven match flexi packs are a great membership option as not everyone can commit to every MCFC home game. At the time of the meeting, MCFC was sitting at 30 memberships short of 9000. MCFC had 11,279 members last season.  All attendees were encouraged to push the member-get-member initiative where the winner this year receives a trip to New York. Members get priority access to finals tickets. Current members will be asked to renew their memberships in March. Next season there will be an option available to add extra children to family memberships. There will also be a greater emphasis on first time members – will look at initiatives to bolster their first experiences upon joining the club.

 

 

Member functions

Sally asked the group if they attended the member function following the recent Sydney FC match. No was the general consensus. FRG members stated the function began too late, the venue is not the best and believed there would be a long wait for the players themselves to attend following the match. Confirmed by the club that non-playing players are at the venue immediately following the match and all other players are pushed to be there as quickly as possible. Upcoming member events are on Sunday 21st February following the Central Coast Mariners match and on Friday 8th April following the Adelaide match.

 

 

Member survey finding

The latest member survey also found that there was a lack of identity amongst the MCFC fans. This may be due to the fact that the club is still in a period of transition from the old Melbourne Heart and is yet to be settled. What does MCFC stand for? This question was brought to the group and the following was found to be synonymous with the club: family club; ambitious; driving; international; city football group; great football; connected to the fans; city family; #together. #together was incredibly well received by fans through the survey.

 

 

City Square

City square attendees have increased with each match especially when conducting player interviews. These will now become reoccurring. Member suggestions to entice more patrons to city square included good food, gaming (FIFA) and better promotions. City square kicks off two hours before games and two and half hours before the Melbourne derby.

 

 

City Voice

City voice provides a platform for people to feel more connected to the club. Every message is responded to. It was brought up that some users didn’t receive a response for up to two weeks. Noted that some key stakeholders need to be engaged before the reply hence the delayed response. To combat this, may look at answering all responses on a weekly basis via meetings with all relevant stakeholders.

 

 

Citizens Portal

Citizens portal is gaining more traction through greater promotion and prizes. Barriers to increased use include low communication regarding member points, using points for auctions – should be able to buy experiences straight away – and difficulty logging in to the system.

 

 

Merchandise

Back to school communication coming soon from the merchandise team. Reports that fans were after an increased baby range where there are currently four options already available. Members have asked for w-league jerseys to be available for purchase. There will be an increased range of Nike supporter wear for next season.

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Melbourne City Fan Representative Group Meeting 26/11/15

In Attendance:

Club Staff: Scott Munn, Sally Freedman, Melanie Price, David Harris.

FRG Members: Bridget, Steve, Luke, Angus, Joey, Steve, Chris.

Apologies:

Club Staff: Nick Becker, Luke Wyman.

FRG Members: Haydn, Michael.

 

In the wake of recent media coverage relating to banned fans, this month’s FRG meeting commenced with Scott Munn providing an update on related issues. Scott was clear that MCFC is conscious of two main foci: protecting the privacy of staff and members, and providing a safe and welcoming environment at matches. Scott advised that Sydney FC’s Active fan group, the Cove, has met with the FFA, raising issues relating to the disclosure of personal information, venue safety and security, and treatment of Active supporter groups. Scott encouraged FRG members to read the Cove’s note regarding this meeting, which was posted online today. Scott also advised that a FFA representative was prepared to meet with the FRG at our next meeting if desired.

Scott outlined the current process involved in banning an attendee at A-League matches. If a person has committed an offence and is identified, police take their details at the match. Police then make contact with a Court Order; this order is sent to the FFA, and the banning process is commenced. If a supporter can demonstrate that the offence was not committed by them, the ban is reversed. This might be achieved on the basis of CCTV footage, for example. MCFC would support the implementation of a clear, concise process, allowing fans to have their voice while restricting the attendance of those who cause difficulties. MCFC communicates regularly with Active fans, and believes that their contribution to match days is positive and extremely valuable.

In response to potential boycotts, Scott advised that MCFC’s preference is that fans attend matches this weekend as they do every weekend; however, he was aware of the Active fan group’s decision to sit away from the Active area.

With regard to membership, Scott acknowledged that MCFC’s membership level was low, as was the case across the A-League. Membership and on-field performance are inextricably linked, and it’s difficult to increase membership interest when match performance was not at a high level. The FFA has also not undertaken marketing of the A-League at all this season, and MCFC feel that this has contributed to a lower awareness level across the league. The Club will offer flexible membership options to attract those who may have held memberships in previous seasons. One FRG member enquired as to the possibility of utilising guest/loan players – Scott was clear that this would only be considered if the player complemented and added to the squad, and was able to stay from January until the end of the season.

Some discussion was held regarding the relationship between MCFC and Manchester City FC. Scott reported that MCFC is conscious of the need for differentiation between the two Clubs, and that Manchester City FC has never been directive or prescriptive; rather, Manchester City FC invites MCFC to take ideas if they work in the Australian market, and MCFC’s approach is to utilise processes that are useful. MCFC’s 2016-2017 kit has been designed – it is predominantly white and does not feature any navy blue. It is not a shirt that has been previously worn by Manchester City FC. The away strip will still be red and white.

Sally expanded on information regarding membership, reporting on the three match flexi pack currently being offered – this pack exists across all membership categories, and includes the derby. This membership can also be upgraded to a full season pass.

David reported on various initiatives focused on increasing fan engagement. These include City Square, which is held at Gosch’s Paddock for two hours prior to kick off at every home match. The activities and features at City Square are improving every week, and FRG members were encouraged to explore it on the next game day. The Cityzens Portal is also very active at the moment, with various opportunities to win prizes and experiences offered to members. Fans are also encouraged to sign up for City Voice, which is a medium for voicing ideas and opinions. City Voice distributes a new post every two weeks, asking fans to contribute on such processes as match day music. Individual posts will also be responded to on a weekly basis.

Mel provided an update on merchandise, noting that youth jerseys will be available for pre-sale today, and pre-Christmas specials will be advertised over the coming weeks. Efforts are also being made to present the merchandise store in a more professional, user-friendly way.

FRG members provided positive feedback on the new format of the newsletter. MCFC are now directing marketing campaigns to particular target groups (e.g., members who have available seats next to them, female members), and members receive slightly different information in newsletters to that received by non-members.

Members and Club staff were also very positive about the success of our W-League team, and fans were encouraged to attend the next NYL/W-League double header on the 20th December 2015.

One FRG member highlighted the difficult process with accessing General Admission seats for the Christmas derby; Sally confirmed that such feedback had been received by other members and this would be taken into account next season.

FRG members questioned staff about the morale at the Club, given the lack of on-field success in recent weeks. Sally was clear that morale is affected by poor results, but everyone at the Club remains focused and is working hard to contribute to achieving success in the very near future.

#together

 

Next meeting: January 2016 (date TBC), CFA

 

Kind Regards,

 

The FRG

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Melbourne City Fan Representative Group Meeting 29/10/15

In Attendance:

Club Staff: Sally Freedman, Luke Wyman, Melanie Price, David Harris, plus Scott Munn and

Nick Becker for the first 30 minutes of the meeting.

FRG Members: Bridget, Hayden, Tony, Michael, Steve, Chris, Steve.

  • The meeting commenced at 6.30pm and both Scott and Nick gave an update on Melbourne City before they had to leave to take part in a conference call with the City Football Group (CFG).
  • Scott welcomed all the attendees and hoped that we had enjoyed our tour of the CFA.
  • He commented that the club was ‘comfortable’ overall, with where we were at.
  • The club was ‘very excited’ with the launch and success of the Women’s Team.
  • Membership for this season was down on last year in volume – but there was a big push to encourage those who had yet to do so, to renew their membership.
  • The recent win over CCM would hopefully bring in new supporters.
  • The CFG were ‘disappointed’ with the loss in the FFA Cup semi-final.
  • The Derby result v Melbourne Victory was also regretted, although the club was happy to give the younger players a ‘run’ in the starting eleven.
  • The club was also looking to widen the representation in the FRG, particularly as regards gender balance.
  • Nick commented on the developments re: the match day experience and asked for feedback from the FRG and on any matters that fans were experiencing.
  • City Voice has been launched; future topics include goal celebrations song, catering, parking and mascots.
  • The Member-get-Member recruitment was a good channel for new members. New top prize announced as a trip to NY for 2.
  • Over 100 memberships were sold at our first home match; many members seem to prefer a face-to-face experience when renewing/joining.

Scott and Nick then had to leave the meeting and Sally introduced her agenda, staring with membership.

  • Membership was nearly 8,000 and there was a big push to build on this number.
  • A four match Christmas membership pack was a possibility.
  • Bridget asked if there could be a W-League only membership offer.
  • With regards to the FRG, the club was looking for three new members; applications had been received and a shortlist been made.
  • There could be further pre-meeting Tweets to canvas topics from the wider fan base for discussion at the FRG.
  • It would not be club policy to publish the FRG minutes on the club’s web-site, but the club was keen to continue to see the minutes published in the Forum and on a Blog. FRG members would remain ‘anonymous’ with only first names being used.
  • The club had sponsor obligations re. the kit and therefore it is not  always possible to wear the red and white strip in away games and is generally used when there is a clash with our home kit.

David talked about the Cityzens offering and the match day experience.

  • Cityzens were now getting points for their attendance at home games.
  • The free City Insider programme has been launched.
  • Members should be made aware of the easy steps re: sign up process for City Voice
  • The City Square pre-match events were aimed at families with young children. Luke discussed the match day experience and how the club was striving to improve it.
  • On screen information about substitutions; who has got yellow and red cards, etc.
  • Entertainment both outside pre-match and inside the stadium e.g. at half-time.

Melanie informed us about the club’s merchandising of ‘branded’ shirts, hats, scarfs, etc.

  • There are now 4 outlets on match days – two inside the stadium; two outside.
  • Sales were ‘very successful’ at the CCM game on the previous Sunday.
  • New Nike Polos and Hooded tops available for members along with a new women’s range. Junior replica jerseys are coming shortly.

The meeting closed at 8.00pm – the next monthly meeting is on 26/11/15 to be held at The Imperial Hotel in Bourke Street, from 6.00pm.

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