Western United has had a big couple of weeks.
They’ve signed Melbourne Victory hero turned nemesis Besart Berisha and they’ve also named a new CEO, Chris Pehlivanis.
But is all the noise surrounding the newcomers to the A-League blocking out what’s happening behind the scenes?
According to a statistic on Twitter, Western United’s membership numbers are extremely low, lower than what most would’ve hoped.
Membership count update
Melbourne Victory: 20,143
Western Sydney: 13,500
Sydney FC: 10,131
Newcastle Jets: 7,401
Brisbane Roar: 7,270
Melbourne City: 6,869
Perth Glory: 6,543
Adelaide United: 4,245
Central Coast: 3,090
Wellington Phoenix: 2,763
Western United: 1,475
— A-League Hub (@AleagueHub) September 24, 2019
Understandably, as a new team you need time to establish yourself in the competition before you catch up with the rest of the sides.
But for a team based in Melbourne to have such a low membership rate, it’s quite alarming.
With the accumulated total of City and Victory fans larger than that of Sydney FC and the Wanderers, you would think more fans would be getting on board.
Especially those who may not have teams in the A-League at the time of writing this.
The AFL, despite being played during the winter, offers strong competition to the Melbourne based sides. The Big Bash League is also a popular competition amongst children and family during the summertime.
The A-League has certainly made the right move in introducing new sides to the competition. There’s still a week until the season gets underway and the above membership numbers were released on the 24th of September. So the situation, hopefully, could have changed since then.
So hopefully, we can see some more members donning the green and black in their first season, especially with the massive news that Berisha has returned to the A-League.
‘Bes’ and United will be tough opposition for any side this season, given their performances in pre-season have been more than admirable.
But come round one, it’d be nice to see large flocks of fans cheering on the troops from Truganina.