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I just wanted to respond to some of the earlier posters who almost tried to shame members who do not attend matches regularly. Well I’m putting my hand up to admit that I am a member and I rarely go to matches. That’s not to say I don’t care - far from it. I love the MFC (I’d be an [censored] to be on DL if I didn’t), but I also love my wife, my children, my grandchild, my friends, and my house, amongst other things, including work. All these things I want and need to spend my time on at the weekends. So it’s not always so easy to prioritise the MFC above the other needs. I also love golf, but can rarely prioritise the time to play. Therefore I can understand the outside pressures that prevent members attending regularly. So no need to shame those of us who cannot spare/prioritise anywhere from 4-6 hours to go to the football every other week. It’s not that we are lazy or we don’t care. Far from it. I also know that a great many of you have these same competing elements and yet are still able to attend regularly. Perhaps you can tell me how you manage it.

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1 hour ago, titan_uranus said:

Round 21, 2017. Sunday, 1.10pm. We drew 53,115 to a home game vs St Kilda.

That was when both sides were pressing for finals. It was the game, IIRC, where we mocked St Kilda about us making finals instead of them. Then the following week we blew valuable percentage against Brisbane when led by 32 points 5 minutes into the last quarter, then conceded a stack of goals and only won by 13.

And then lost to Collingwood, thereby missing finals by the smallest percentage ever recorded.

Having mocked St Kilda about making finals three weeks prior.

Sigh. Those were the days.

I recall that the MFC may have given free tickets away to international students that day, or some other like promotion.

That game was also the only time we've beaten St Kilda at the MCG during the 2007 - 2021 period.

We have a remarkably bad record against St Kilda at the MCG.

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1 hour ago, 58er said:

Sorry You commented on another  post should have put his name on this post 

sincere apologies 

Assume you meant me I think you've misinterpreted my post. Was just saying the 'Demon' moniker made me follow the 'red devils' and I was just making a lighthearted joke that one had been insanely more successful than the other during the time i have supported them. No chopping and changing, love them both in good times and in bad.

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Breakfast with Mum in the morning then off to the game with my Dad and brother like we do/have every dees MCG game for the past 18 years.

I'm a good boy

Come along folks if you can! Enjoy this ride in person, there's nothing like it.

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In this thread people often reply with their own particular circumstances and story about why they don't attend. That's fine. 
However, I don't think anyone can firmly dispute that the Melbourne fanbase aren't showing up on big numbers and it's fair to assume that a premiership side would be getting better numbers than they are. If we're being honest it's a bit embarrassing. However, we're the premiers, aflw runners up, we have a record membership and incredible team so life's pretty good. 

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2 hours ago, roy11 said:

I assumed I had a situation where if one club was doing well, the universe would balance this out by having the other do poorly. You've ruined my theory here .

Definitely a good theory but yeah, my clubs seemed to coincide with their fortunes haha

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On 5/5/2022 at 2:27 PM, Neil Crompton said:

I just wanted to respond to some of the earlier posters who almost tried to shame members who do not attend matches regularly. Well I’m putting my hand up to admit that I am a member and I rarely go to matches. That’s not to say I don’t care - far from it. I love the MFC (I’d be an [censored] to be on DL if I didn’t), but I also love my wife, my children, my grandchild, my friends, and my house, amongst other things, including work. All these things I want and need to spend my time on at the weekends. So it’s not always so easy to prioritise the MFC above the other needs. I also love golf, but can rarely prioritise the time to play. Therefore I can understand the outside pressures that prevent members attending regularly. So no need to shame those of us who cannot spare/prioritise anywhere from 4-6 hours to go to the football every other week. It’s not that we are lazy or we don’t care. Far from it. I also know that a great many of you have these same competing elements and yet are still able to attend regularly. Perhaps you can tell me how you manage it.

No one can make you fell shame but you.

I live in Canberra and have a 2 yr old. I have been to the Dogs and the Tigers games and I will be at the Lions Thursday night game. 

I make the effort and pay the money because I can afford it (off alcohol to compensate) and I know how quickly this all could go away. One injury, a resigning that doesn’t happen, some bad luck and we blink and miss the moments we want to savour for years to come. 

I know many have great reasons why they are unable to get to these games, but this is a unique situation with a generational team that is not attracting generational crowds.

Its disappointing and we shouldn’t ignore it.

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under 65k today at the g; where's the outrage from the media about the filth and the scum not turning up?

33k for peptides' big win

crowds are way down

i still think it'll be about 30k tomorrow; crazy that i've been at games v st kilda where we had over 50k in attendance but they'd been completely banished from my mind...primarily cos of the disaster against the filth to cost us a spot in the finals...

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I went to 2 corporate events last week. Attendance down at both. Many people now prefer to attend online rather than physically attend. I think it’s the same as footy where people have gotten used to watching on Kayo and now prefer to watch from the comfort of their home rather than go to the game. I think this is a post Covid reality and needs to be factored in to expectations of crowd sizes

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On 5/3/2022 at 11:16 PM, DeeZee said:

We are the premiers and we keep getting terrible time slots.

Twilight games  never rate , and now we play St Kilda , Mother’s Day lunch time ffs!

All teams must be prepared to make sacrifice for the greater good. There are struggling clubs in need of 3 consecutive Friday night games, for example.

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On 5/5/2022 at 2:36 PM, Bring-Back-Powell said:

I recall that the MFC may have given free tickets away to international students that day, or some other like promotion.

That game was also the only time we've beaten St Kilda at the MCG during the 2007 - 2021 period.

We have a remarkably bad record against St Kilda at the MCG.

Is this correct?

How many times did we play them at the g during that  time??? Is it i win 14 losses ?

Wow!

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On 5/5/2022 at 2:27 PM, Neil Crompton said:

I just wanted to respond to some of the earlier posters who almost tried to shame members who do not attend matches regularly. Well I’m putting my hand up to admit that I am a member and I rarely go to matches. That’s not to say I don’t care - far from it. I love the MFC (I’d be an [censored] to be on DL if I didn’t), but I also love my wife, my children, my grandchild, my friends, and my house, amongst other things, including work. All these things I want and need to spend my time on at the weekends. So it’s not always so easy to prioritise the MFC above the other needs. I also love golf, but can rarely prioritise the time to play. Therefore I can understand the outside pressures that prevent members attending regularly. So no need to shame those of us who cannot spare/prioritise anywhere from 4-6 hours to go to the football every other week. It’s not that we are lazy or we don’t care. Far from it. I also know that a great many of you have these same competing elements and yet are still able to attend regularly. Perhaps you can tell me how you manage it.

Very well said NC. I see lots of people who have passions in there lives that exclude almost everything else in there lives. Like you I am a passionate Dee's fan but not to exclusion of those in my life. Sometimes the MFC comes second. 

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Much as I’d like to, I can’t afford to go to every game. It’s not just transport, inconvenient times, getting home late, idiotic fans, it’s also costs money for drinks and food. Being single, it also depends on whether my family can go and they’ve got their own families too. I guess if I end up dating a demons supporter it might change *sigh*

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7 hours ago, Cassiew said:

Much as I’d like to, I can’t afford to go to every game. It’s not just transport, inconvenient times, getting home late, idiotic fans, it’s also costs money for drinks and food. Being single, it also depends on whether my family can go and they’ve got their own families too. I guess if I end up dating a demons supporter it might change *sigh*

Just date someone who isn’t mad for any side and turn them. Trust me, it’s great. They don’t know any better 😂

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On 5/5/2022 at 2:27 PM, Neil Crompton said:

I just wanted to respond to some of the earlier posters who almost tried to shame members who do not attend matches regularly. Well I’m putting my hand up to admit that I am a member and I rarely go to matches. That’s not to say I don’t care - far from it. I love the MFC (I’d be an [censored] to be on DL if I didn’t), but I also love my wife, my children, my grandchild, my friends, and my house, amongst other things, including work. All these things I want and need to spend my time on at the weekends. So it’s not always so easy to prioritise the MFC above the other needs. I also love golf, but can rarely prioritise the time to play. Therefore I can understand the outside pressures that prevent members attending regularly. So no need to shame those of us who cannot spare/prioritise anywhere from 4-6 hours to go to the football every other week. It’s not that we are lazy or we don’t care. Far from it. I also know that a great many of you have these same competing elements and yet are still able to attend regularly. Perhaps you can tell me how you manage it.

Very well said NC. I see lots of people who have passions in there lives that exclude almost everything else in there lives. Like you I am a passionate Dee's fan but not to exclusion of those in my life. Sometimes the MFC comes second. 

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2 minutes ago, Jaded No More said:

Just date someone who isn’t mad for any side and turn them. Trust me, it’s great. They don’t know any better 😂

Lol I’ve lost relationships over that. 
Also, coming home can be hard. Luckily a friend drove me home last week, but I couldn’t ask that if him every week. 

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My daughter and wife decided to have a brunch get together so I could go to the footy. We had a nice time and I left to go to the footy a little later than I would normally. Arrived at Sunbury line to discover no trains. So decided to drive to the Broady line even if I arrived after the start of the game. Mother's Day traffic was heavy. Arrived at Glenbervie  to see the train leave the station. Next train in 20 minutes. By my calculations that would have got me to game well into the second quarter. At this point I admitted defeat and return home. Family was there so we continued mother's Day. Why does the MFC always seem to get these games on mother's Day? Oh well replay tonight will have to do. 

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8 hours ago, Cassiew said:

Much as I’d like to, I can’t afford to go to every game. It’s not just transport, inconvenient times, getting home late, idiotic fans, it’s also costs money for drinks and food. Being single, it also depends on whether my family can go and they’ve got their own families too. I guess if I end up dating a demons supporter it might change *sigh*

Perhaps a Tinder style app for Dees supporters? 🤔

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38 minutes ago, Jaded No More said:

Just date someone who isn’t mad for any side and turn them. Trust me, it’s great. They don’t know any better 😂

That's pretty much what happened to my missus haha 😂, now she is as Dess nuts as I am LOL

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3 minutes ago, bush demon said:

I wonder how many at Storm game, and why both teams fixtured at same time.

It’s all about TV bd. Attendance at both games runs a bad second with both codes.

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4 hours ago, Jaded No More said:

Just date someone who isn’t mad for any side and turn them. Trust me, it’s great. They don’t know any better 😂

Still hasn't worked with me, mate. But at least I get a text from my wife saying Go Dees nowadays. 

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24 minutes ago, A F said:

Still hasn't worked with me, mate. But at least I get a text from my wife saying Go Dees nowadays. 

Husband is a full Melbourne supporter now. Says “when are WE playing” and all. 
ANB is his favourite player. That’s how much of a Melbourne supporter he is!

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