Adelaide United captain Dodd urges fans to sell out Grand Final rematch
Adelaide United FC Captain Travis Dodd is urging all of the club’s supporters to turn out in their droves in the hope of getting a sold out Hindmarsh Stadium for The Reds’ Grand Final rematch against great rivals Melbourne Victory on Friday night (Kick-Off 7.30pm ACST).
With The Reds now taking centre stage on Adelaide’s sporting arena, Dodd has appealed to all South Australians to get vocal and ‘get red’ to create a intimidating atmosphere for the travelling Victory, as United seek revenge for the 2008/09 season decider, which saw them go down 1-0 in front of 53,273 at the Telstra Dome.
Dodd says Reds fans cannot underestimate their value and importance to the team, particularly in big matches.
“I know we say it all the time, but the parochial home crowd really is like having an extra man on the field,” Dodd stated.
“Our crowds have been absolutely fantastic so far this season, and there would be nothing better than to have a full house at Hindmarsh on Friday night.”
The last time Adelaide United had over 15,000 at Hindmarsh Stadium in the Hyundai A-League was for the 1st leg of the 2006/07 Major Semi Final against Melbourne Victory, 15,575 packing in to see the teams play out a tense scoreless draw.
Interestingly, Adelaide United will attempt to become the first team in the Hyundai A-League to inflict a ‘revenge’ victory over their Grand Final opponents after losing in the season decider the previous year. Never before have the runners-up from the previous season been able to defeat the champions in the ‘first up’ Grand Final rematch the following season.
“They are always big games. There is a great and healthy rivalry between us and Melbourne, and this game will be no exception,” Dodd said.
Adding even more to the game is that Melbourne Captain Kevin Muscat is likely to make his return from a hamstring injury, the Victory antagonist never far from the spotlight whenever the teams do battle.
“We all know that he (Muscat) is a massive character in our game and that he likes to get under the skin of the opposition, so hopefully he plays and then we can get as many Reds fans to the game as possible to give Kevin and the rest of Melbourne’s squad a nice big Adelaide United welcome.”
United leapt from ninth to fifth on the table after its win over the Central Coast Mariners last Friday, and The Reds can continue their rise, while keeping their arch rivals Melbourne Victory in the bottom three, by securing another three points in what is the only time, bar any finals, that Melbourne Victory will come to Hindmarsh Stadium this season.
Tickets for the match and Adelaide United 10 Game Memberships are available through Venue*Tix (call 8225 8888, online at www.venuetix.com.au or at any Venue*Tix outlet, including the AUFC Club Store at 4a Manton Street, Hindmarsh).