Melbourne City Fan Representative Group Meeting 26/02/18

Meeting Minutes

Scott Munn – Melbourne City FC CEO
Nick Becker – Melbourne City FC Marketing Director
Stephanie Pasley-Tyler – Melbourne City FC Event Operations Manager
Melissa Missailidis – Melbourne City FC Event and Ticketing Coordinator
Tony, Rodney, Glen, Matthew, Alice, Steve, Kylie, Kerri, Haydn, Russell, Bridget, Michael and Natalie –  Melbourne City FRG

MCFC response to questions brought forward by the FRG

1.1. Cityzens terminated due to low engagement levels. “Surprise & Delight” has started in its place rewarding randomly selected fans in the stands. This gives greater opportunity for reward to a far greater percentage of City fans.

1.2 City Voice terminated due to low participation and discussions focusing on player/results rather than off-pitch topics. We’ve replaced it with monthly fan satisfaction surveys.

1.3 We already have an interstate membership but can look into wider options (e.g. interstate active) if the demand is there.

1.4 MCFC were unaware of demand for international memberships but willing to consider these case by case.

1.5 Dissemination of Club Information
• Injuries – MCFC make best efforts to keep fans updated regarding injuries, while also endeavouring to provide accurate information at all times. In many cases, decisions on the squad and players’ form are taken last minute based on recent developments and current scenarios, making it understandably difficult to inform fans in advance. This is the case across all sports and leagues.
• The membership counter was removed from MCFC website due to FFA restrictions.
• MCFC will work on providing more weekly training videos.
• The club prefer to use players and coaches to be faces of club. However, when relevant exceptions will be made. Requests will be considered on a case by case basis.
• City Insider is currently available at Merchandise outlets, City Square, and Corporate
Hospitality suites and MCFC will look to add further distribution points.

2. Squad management is complex and MCFC work hard to keep players as long as possible. While we are not at liberty to discuss contractual negotiations, some aspects to consider are:

• FFA regulation states minimum requirement of 18 Australians per squad
• NPL schedules differ significantly to A-League meaning NPL players are generally not fit at the time required to play A-League matches.
• MCFC endeavour to build to bulk of the squad around the prime age group (see below groups) while equally ensuring progression of young and experienced talent alike:
o Emerging Talent 16-19yrs
o Talent in their Prime 19-24yrs
o Experienced talent 25+
• Personal situations & aspirations
• Relationships within the team
• Salary Cap & Loan obligations

Note regarding youth development:
MCFC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo, is responsible for the initiation of younger players at NPL/NYL level (16/17year olds compared to many teams using 18/19year olds) in order to give best opportunity to MCFC youth to develop their football careers. This has been a resounding success and MCFC are still very competitive in the league despite playing with the youngest set of players.
Equally Head Coach, Warren Joyce, invites young players to train with the Senior Team giving them further opportunity to develop e.g. Denis Genreau.

3.1 The primary shirt for CFG clubs home colours is city blue. However, second and third strips vary and Melbourne City FC wear red and white in recognition of Melbourne Heart, Manchester use purple as a reflection of past colours.

3.2 MCFC were not consulted on the FFA logo and raised the issue regarding the similarity between A-League logos of MCFC and SFC at the start of the season. The size was due to it being made large enough to cover existing badge.

4.1 MCFC are a supporter of expansion and welcome additional teams in the league in a structured and strategic way.

4.2 VAR is a challenge for all involved and for as long as it is enforced by FIFA, MCFC & FFA are obliged to work with it.

4.4 Transfer fees are not widely supported by all stakeholders and would require FFA, PFA and clubs to approve.

4.5. MCFC continually push for reviews to the salary cap.

4.6 MCFC would prefer the current foreign player rule to remain in place.

5. The song played after Melbourne City FC won WWL Grand Final was “Wonderwall” which is the song played after every MCFC win, for A-League and W-League alike, at all home games at AAMI Park. We were not asked to submit a song for walk out e.g. Happy together.


Kick-Off Times
• MCFC have been and continue to be very vocal with FFA about:
a) Late kick-off times.
b) If FIFA windows were to be incorporated into the A-League calendar, any mid-week matches MUST be during school holidays and split rounds must be scheduled in line with FIFA windows.
c) Seasons must start later in the year, after the conclusion of AFL season to allow for better pre-season promotion.
• MCFC will discuss with FFA the alignment of the advertised Kick-Off and actual Kick-Off times.

In stadium behaviour and Security
• MCFC have begun follow up with AAMI Park to ensure:
o Singing in Non-Active Bays is permitted
o Standing in Active Bays is allowed

Promotion to schools & football clubs
• While MCFC do not have the resources to promote to every school individually, we have entered into the Australian Sports Commission’s Sporting Schools program. All schools can take part by registering. For further information, follow the link below:
• MCFC’s City Club programme provides benefits and lifetime experiences to registered football clubs. For further information, follow the link below:

Melbourne City FC
• MCFC will make best endeavours to ensure players visit fans on all sides of the pitch post- match.
• MCFC understand that sizes are limited for women but unfortunately are restrained by lack of demand at present.

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Melbourne City Fan Representative Group Meeting 28/08/17

In Attendance:

Club Staff: Luke Wyman, Scott Munn, Nick Becker, James Crouch (Retail), Travis Davidson (Membership)
FRG Members: Steve, Haydn, Michael, Glenn, Russell
Absent: Rodney, Matthew, Alice, Bridget, Natalie

The first FRG meeting of the season commenced with CEO Scott Munn introducing new members of both the FRG and Melbourne City staff as well as detailing the objectives of the group as being a two way sharing of information between club and fans.

At the time of the meeting Scott mentioned we had one foreign spot remaining to fill and that this would be a marquee. He also explained that due to work visas it was difficult to bring players. For example due to the relationship we had with Holland we could bring a Dutch player on a tourist visa and this can progress to a working visa, however as a point of comparison a Serbian player can’t come until the working visa is obtained. Therefore we‘re often linked to players but we can’t announce players until this is official otherwise we’d get in trouble with the visa people.

There are also two Australian spots left. Marcelo Carrusca is training with us for fitness but nothing is guaranteed and depends on the right deal. At time of the meeting the list was injury free (Bruno Fornaroli unfortunately injured himself the following night in the FFA Cup). Reports were that Fernando Brandan has worked hard and is ahead of schedule. Daniel Arzani has made the biggest leap to impress this preseason.

Warren Joyce has now settled in after initially having to adapt to our long preseason. He has managed to balance the requirements of shifting gears between a preseason and the FFA Cup. He has already stamped his “hands on managerial style” on and off the pitch. This includes spending extra time speaking with fans at sessions and events.

The Woman’s team start mid-September and while no names were revealed Scott said that the core playing group will be re-signed. There will be more double headers with the woman’s fixture to be released early September. Games will continue to be shared between CB Smith Reserve and AAMI Park.

Two boys teams will be added to the NPL next year bringing Melbourne City to a total of four teams in that competition going forward.

Nick then spoke about memberships where we’re at similar ground to this time last year with over 7 500 members. We have been working closely with our City Clubs for clinics and fan events as a response from fan feedback to engage more. We finished the 16/17 season with 13 078 members and are aiming for over 15 000 this season. This season’s membership campaign is “City to the core” with street posters and a digital campaign.

The recent kit launch and Stomping Ground Brewery events went down well. The club is hoping that the desire to do things for the fans has come across. We’re looking at holding a similar event at Stomping Ground, mid-week during the week after the round one game (Likely to be a Tuesday or Wednesday).

The club is working on ways to keep evolving the match day offerings. We’re working on licensing for a new pop up bar in partnership with Stomping Ground Brewery to be sold at Gosch’s Paddock prior to the game as well as Biggie Smalls, so we want fans to get on board!

James has joined the club recently and is in charge of merchandise. He mentioned that the fans have a chance to make their mark on the club with the recent competition to design a fans shirt.

For anything non Nike we are locked into licenses with Classic Sport who tend to cater for an NRL market, so we’re trying to change this up and customise for our fans. We have the same approach with the New Era caps, we’ll have say six hat designs for the season to choose from and this will include some limited editions to test the market. The idea is to offer street wear or designs you can wear outside of game day.

Official junior shirts will start at size six upwards. We are limited with each Nike license agreement to supply eight items per season and there are certain rules about what we can and can’t control. The club feels we have a good range and aim to have a point of difference that feels unique to city.

Membership packs have landed and will start to be sent out soon. For the very first time juniors will get a backpack with their memberships. A member of the Melburnians suggested a unique shirt or polo to be added to member packs next season. While this was considered a good idea Nick mentioned that we’re still restricted by official licences and that the quality of the product might suffer as a result so would rather have a good quality polo as official merchandise.

The club feel they have the perfect balance between home and away shirt designs this time around. Last season was polyester and before that was wool. You can still customise your membership photos however the suggestion was for members to get onto that ASAP.

The TV coverage was discussed with the new free-to-air deal showing one Saturday night game a week on one of the Network 10 channels as well as the usual Foxtel coverage. The W-League will also show one game a week on 10 and an extra game on either 10 or the ABC.

Finally it was also announced that Luke Wyman who has been with the staff in charge of match day is moving on to a new position with Formula 1. Both the club and the FRG wish him the best and thanked him for contributing.

The next meeting is to be scheduled prior to season 17/18 kick-off. If fans have any queries or items they’d like to raise please contact

Kind regards,

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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.


Franjic Jakobsen Rose




Kamou Cahill Brandan


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:


Cowburn Boogard Koutombis Vujica

Poljak Ugarkovic

Brown Nordstrand Hoffman


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


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.


Muscat Jakobsen Rose

Kilkenny Brattan


Kamou Cahill Brandan


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:


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.


Muscat Jakobsen Rose

Kilkenny Brattan


Kamou Cahill Brandan


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:


Risdon Djulbic Williams Warren

Harold Wilson Griffiths Marinkovic



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.



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:


Chapman Jakobsen Rose

Kilkenny Brattan


Kamou Cahill Brandan


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:


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.

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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.


Chapman Malik Jakobsen Colazo

Kilkenny Brattan

Kamou Caceras Brandan



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:


Lowry Fox Rossi Doyle

Parkhouse Bonevacia Rodriguez Lia



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.



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.



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.



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.




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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