Wednesday, January 20, 2010


SLeague 2010 - How to support your local team

The SLeague begins in about 12 days time, no fixture list yet, so I thought I'd scour some of the teams websites and find out just what they are doing to entice supporters.

Albirex Niigata have one of the better sites and club shops in the SLeague if somewhat overpriced. Adults can purchase season tickets at a cost of $40 (all prices in Singapore dollars obviously) which is pretty good value when you consider match tickets cost $6 a game (all prices for adults).

This Saturday the Japanese side will have a launching when supporters club members, buy a season ticket and you're a member, can meet the players and take their photographs.

Geylang United have a rich pedigree in Singapore football and this season they return to the continetal stage after winning the Singapore Cup. They will compete in the AFC Cup against the likes of Thai Port and some Hong Kong outfit.

They do have a club membership scheme but from the website it looks like is doesn't include admission to the matches which borders on daft if true. There is a fan club, who wear green, eat chicken rice at half time and sometimes even watch the game, but again details on the website are sketchy.

Expectations are at high Gombak United but if you're a fan and keen to get behind the team you may be left wondering how to. You can be a member which means you can be involved in fan club activities. Whatever they maybe. Again the onus, from the club's point of view, is for the fan to do all the leg work. If it was me, and I was 20 years younger, I'd gather five or six mates and do my own thing but then that's just me.

Home United have a slick new website in place and even updated. Fan Club memberships offers you discount on various bits n bobs but again, sounding like a stuck record, little info is availabe on the website and the fan is expected to call for further enquiries.

Singapore Armed Forces are of course the Champions, again, and will be challenging for a place in the Champions League. Again. Their fan club costs $10 and gets you a saving of $1 on match day admission. And don't forget every so often SAF offer their fans free ice cream so get there early! Tomorrow they play Swedish side AIK Stockholm in a pre season friendly/Charity Shield.

Or we have Woodlands Wellington. where membership gets you, umm, dunno really. No info on the webiste. In to the club house whatever that maybe.

And so to Tampines Rovers. According to their website ... This Section is temporarily unavailable...

Sengkang Punggol allows fan club members to buy replica shirts at a discount price. I guess they can do this at the club house which, acording to the website, is closed during the second half of matches.

SLeague attendances have to increase substantially if they wish to enter AFC competitions in the future and one way they can start to attract more paying bums on seats is by telling people how they can be involved with their local club.

Compare with my story of a couple days back and Muangkan in Thailand.

Sengkang Punggol Fan Club?
What's that?

All I can say is that the people around the area is just interested in using the jackpot room which was a fine revenue for the club

Sengkang Punggol Fan Club?
What's that?

the guy with a dolphin on his head!?
Even that guy and those lukewarm drumming is gone last season which actually is not half bad for the home crowd as it makes it more conducive for students to mug for exams
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