A rivalry that extends beyond football, a history that deepens with every match played irrespective of the result.
The incidents, the characters, the trophies, the successes and failures. They call it the Big Blue because that is exactly what it is – the biggest game of the regular season and the bluest of battles. This is Sydney FC versus Melbourne Victory.
One of the centrepiece regular season fixtures, this game consistently produces the best advertisement for the A-League both on-and-off the pitch. With 35 previous meetings behind them, there is rarely a dull moment when these sides meet.
Now in season 11 of the A-League, this rivalry is still one of, if not the biggest in the competition, arguably fiercer and more bitter than these sides’ respective derbies with their city neighbours. With so many great clashes Outside90’s Marissa Lordanic looks at 10 of the very best Big Blues from seasons gone by.
This Saturday, hundreds of Melbourne fans will make the pilgrimage north to New South Wales for a taste of a Victory institution – Sydney Away. Whilst some may argue that it has lost its allure over recent years with the advent of Western Sydney, those old heads who were there for the very first Melbourne Victory game in 2005 at Sydney Football Stadium will tell you that it’s just as important now as it ever was.
Whilst we know that bringing home the three points is great, there is another reason why we go. Memories aren’t just made on the pitch by an Andrew Nabbout show-stealer, or a (alleged) pedophile taking a dive and winning a penalty to sink our hearts, but in the pre-game pubs and the post-game clubs. What happens on the field is just a fraction of what makes an away trip so great. What goes on when you’re with your mates on an interstate trip is what you’ll be talking about for years to come. But you need to be prepared. You need to know where to go. You need an education.
This is even more poignant in the city of Sydney. Why? Do you remember when our nanny-state Victorian government tried out this really stupid idea in 2008 banning clubs from admitting patrons into venues after 1am, before realising how ridiculous it was and putting an end to it? Well, Sydney is doing that right now.
But don’t stress. MELBOURNEVICTORY.NET have got you covered. Read on as we present you with the definitive guide to the pubs and clubs of Sydney.
Oh boy, it’s a must-listen For Vuck’s Sake this week. Our guest is MVFC Founder and former Communications and Media Manager, Tony Ising. Tony discusses the history of Victory and how it came to be from humble beginnings. He tells us his views on the FFA, the North Terrace, Etihad Stadium, Olympic Park and more. We also dissect our FFA Cup triumph and relive some of our favourite Sydney Away moments.
Unfortunately there was a slight recording issue and the USB input didn’t recognise the sound mixer which resulted in the entire podcast being recorded through my in-built computer microphone – something I didn’t realise until after we had finished – sorry! The sound is still audible, just a little tinny. I promise you we will have at least one semi-professional sounding podcast before the year is out!
Melbourne Victory secured their first FFA Cup after overpowering Perth Glory 2-0 at AAMI Park.
A fine first half from the Victory set up the win in front of just over 15, 000 fans, as goals from Oliver Bozanic and Besart Berisha all but secured the result by half time.
Perth fought back in the second half and refused to give in, but they were unable to find a way past the Victory’s defence, and the hosts were able to hold off Glory to claim the first silverware of the season. Our content partners at Outside90.com rated the performance of each Melbourne Victory player on an historic night for the club.
For Vuck’s Sake returns with a review of our Wellington match and a preview of the FFA Cup Final. We also think about how Daniel Garb may have reacted to Optus buying the EPL rights and losing the best job in the world.
Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory will battle it out in the FFA Cup final at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
Melbourne Victory returned to the winners list on Monday night with an emphatic 3-0 victory against the under siege Wellington Phoenix. Our content partners at Outside90 have ranked the performances of each player.