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Post by Redszone on Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:13 pm

In the end it was as swift as a David Williams strike or an Ufuk Talay free kick.

Representatives of Football Federation Australia hopped on a plane in Sydney on the first day of autumn, arrived in Townsville just before midday and had revealed the worst-kept secret in the A-League just three hours later.

As 100 per cent owner of the North Queensland Fury, the sport's governing body was shutting down operations immediately with the franchise kicked out of next year's competition.

It was not unexpected but the decision still came as a shock for supporters of round-ball football in the north.

Michael Palmer, a member of the animated F Troop supporters group which turned A-League matches at Dairy Farmers Stadium into a memorable occasion, says North Queensland football fans have long memories.

"They will abandon the A-League for sure, it will be incredibly difficult now at least for one generation if not two for the FFA to establish another team here," he said.

Mr Palmer had tried his best to convince FFA chief executive Ben Buckley to give the Fury another chance by presenting him with his own jersey as the official made his way into the board meeting.

It was a passionate gesture befitting the feelings of all Fury fans, who screamed "yes, yes, just say yes" to any football official who walked by.

It was an outburst which turned to vitriol after the decision.

Mr Palmer himself walked away from the press conference angry with FFA's apparent ignorance.

He threw his jersey on the ground and says he hopes Buckley saw it on his departure.

After watching their club fall apart at the end of the 2009/10 season, most Fury supporters thought their prayers had been answered with the support of football's governing body.

But maybe the mistakes by foundation owner Don Matheson in the club's first season were too big a burden with estimates of losses amounting to $9 million dollars over two budgets.

Buckley says the body's support of the Fury was having an impact on other clubs in a sports market reeling after the global financial crisis.

"We need to make substantive investments in all teams in all regions, in all cities," he said.

"So we need to invest more in marketing and promotion."

It was echoed by A-league chairman Lyall Gorman, who said he felt for North Queensland's fan base but couldn't justify the club's existence at the expense of other clubs.

However it should be remembered that Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle and Perth have all been or are still being supported by FFA funds despite possessing bigger population bases.

Rabieh Krayem and his Fury advisory committee suffered through the announcement and believe the wrong decision had been made.

Krayem accepts the situation was bad but wonders what impact it will have on the region.

"It's a very emotional day for the club, it's very sad to tell people they don't have a job," Krayem said.

"It's going to be very sad to tell a lot of kids that there is no football club around."

For Fury fans and A-League supporters, the question will continue to be asked how a franchise that delivered the biggest football name to Australia managed to go broke.

When Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler became the inaugural captain of the Fury, there were few European football fans who didn't know of North Queensland.

When the club played out a dramatic 3-2 loss to eventual champion Sydney in their first ever A-league home fixture, it did so in front of 9,000 fans.

No one could have predicted the Fury's bitter end in just two seasons.

Perhaps the impacts of Australia's World Cup bid failure will be felt at other clubs in time, as the balance sheets continue to be stretched at FFA headquarters and the goodwill for football peters out at a domestic level.

But with a green and white jersey at his feet, Buckley took his first step out of Townsville with the knowledge he had ended the dreams of locals who wished to emulate Lorenzo Sipi, Adam Casey, Shane Stefanutto and Matthew Ham - players who grew up in North Queensland and played football at the highest level while living at home.

Buckley's strides were long but his patience was short after local media suggested he was playing favourites in the boardroom.

Time will tell whether his strategy rebuilds the game enough for a return to North Queensland sometime in the future.


Check out the Fury's website, it may be your last chance to do so: http://www.nqfury.com.au/

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Post by map88 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:53 am

I was watching the news and I saw no more then 8 people in NQ fury gear, waving flags(at the place where the meeting was being held to discuss their future), that doesn't show me that they have a lot of support. The guy on the news said "now there's a bunch of kids with out a football team", Lets face it, they still have League Very Happy

NQ fury were given a target of $1.5 mil, to save their club they only managed to Raise just over $300,000, this doesn't seem like a team that could survive with out constant bail outs.

It may be sad for some, but I think in time everyone will see it's for the best.

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