Don’t dream it’s over – why Macarthur’s debut semifinal deserves a crowded house

ONE of the nicest parts about retiring as a player was the opportunity to go and watch football as a fan, to enjoy the emotions and the spectacle from the outside.

At the time I didn’t dream I’d one day get to watch an A-League side on my doorstep, representing the area where I grew up – and certainly not one playing for a place in the grand final in its first season.

There’s a special atmosphere around finals football. Now the supporters of Macarthur FC, who I’ve seen and been part of all season, have an unexpected chance to watch their team – or rather our team – in a semifinal that’s a short drive away in Kogarah, rather than being 1000km away in Melbourne.

The crowds at Campbelltown Stadium this season have been vocal and created a nice atmosphere, but you could turn the dial up significantly for a final.  I'm very lucky that I’m coaching within grassroots football at the moment in the area, and my kids currently play junior level, so I know how excited the kids of the Macarthur region had been to come to games on weekends and watch their idols play.

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Since it was announced that the game would switch from Melbourne, making it the next best thing to a home final,  I know many people who are going to be making the trip. Campbelltown to Kogarah isn’t that far after all, and it’s such a fantastic opportunity for the Macarthur fans to see finals football.

I’d love to see a whole contingent go out and support our team. As we all know, when you've got the support, it means a lot to the players out there on the pitch, and that can translate into a better performance.

The team has been building towards this, and they've done it playing attractive football as well which is the most pleasing part. They deserve our backing.

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