Brisbane Roar are reported to keen on getting higher numbers this season. Roar want almost 75 percent increase in membership when the A-League begins in October.
The current figures stand at 1413, making it the lowest of the A-League clubs. Rivals Melbourne Victory have over twenty thousand members. In the ten A-League sides, Brisbane have embarrassing figures. WS Wanderers are second in the membership numbers rating with 16876, Sydney FA have 8501, Melbourne City has 7746, Newcastle Jets have 6632, Adel United with 5718, Perth Glory have 5469, Central Coast 3461, and Well Phoenix above Brisbane Roar with 1874.
One of the plans of the membership drive started on August 10 is to send bulk mail to supporters appealing that they renew their membership plans.
“I’d be worried if 1400-1500 was the number of members we had when the season starts,” new managing director Mark Kingsman claimed, trying not to be too concerned with the present figures.
“We are aiming to have the same membership numbers we had at the end of the last season by the time the new A-League season starts,” he added. For the curtain raiser against Victory, Kingsman is counting on crowd figures of 20,000, with the season’s average being 15,000.
Brisbane is set to take on Central Coast on September 3, 2016 at Corporate Travel Management Stadium. The Mariners recently appointed Socceroos legend Paul Okon as manager. The excited manager said he couldn’t wait to get started.
“Hopefully I can bring something to the club and get the Central Coast Mariners back to where we all want them to be and that’s winning football games. I feel excited and can’t wait to get started,” Okon said. Roar coach John Aloisi would use the game to prepare the squad adequately ahead of the new campaign.