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Posted in city of cockburn, city of fremantle, community, fremantle dockers, fremantle herald by freoview on December 3, 2016

The Thinking Allowed article in the Fremantle Herald by passionate Fremantle Dockers supporter Chris Lewis makes good points about corporate greed.

Lewis points out that the Dockers want cash for a lease they don’t pay for and that was handed to them rent-free by the City of Fremantle, which wanted to support the new club in 1994 and also gave them a loan guarantee.

Chris Lewis calls it “One of the most selfish one-sided community plays ever seen in Australian elite sport.”

Lewis, who led the Keep Freo in Freo campaign, for which I started the Facebook page, is very irate that the Dockers are happy to use the outstanding brand Fremantle in their name, even when they are moving to Cockburn in 2017, so maybe the City of Fremantle should insist the Dockers drop Fremantle from their name, similar to the Fitzroy Football Club when they moved to Brisbane and became the Brisbane Lions.

There is always something very unsavoury about corporate greed and a lack of values, and sport is moving more and more away from being community-minded. It’s all about money and the triple bottom line and paying often  under performing young “stars’ and over-paid administrators big bucks at the expensive of the community and supporters.

The Fremantle Dockers’ demand for payment from the City of Fremantle  to leave Fremantle Oval is a disgrace and should become a national shame for them!

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  1. Ralph Treasure said, on December 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Whether the Dockers are greedy or not is not the issue. If the decisionmakers in council were competent this should never have arisen.
    I’m sure we will see future outbursts given the wonderful terms the current council have given a few businesses recently…. All land mines for the future.

  2. edmondsongarbo said, on December 4, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Greed knows no bounds down at Docker land it seems. Both East and South Fremantle want to share the Freo Oval once again and are the traditional users of the ground and both these WAFL Clubs have contributed greatly to the Dockers over their twenty years of existence and now its time the Docker put something back into these clubs by giving up their lease on the ground. After all its not as if the Dockers are short of cash or have contributed greatly to local football in their short time at Freo. Their Directors should be asking what can we do for Fremantle that has given us SO much to us not how much we can take when we leave Freo to go to our new home in Cockburn that has also been largely funded by others.

  3. Pete said, on December 4, 2016 at 9:03 am

    A Sharks or Bulldogs game at Freo Oval every weekend … GREAT IDEA ! ! !

    Let’s hope they can share the facility in a friendly and respectful manner.

    Shame on FFC !

  4. Rob Fittock said, on December 3, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Although I am an Eagles supporter I always supported the Dockers’ management to secure a place in Freo but the City could not tick enough boxes for their future in Freo and Cockburn won the day….that is simply good business and the new Cockburn Central facility is outstanding not only for the Dockers but for the Cockburn community

    However the piece de resistance for me to no longer support the Dockers’ management as a Councillor was the inept and pathetic attitude and disregard the management showed towards the Freo supporters when the players returned after the 2013 GF to not properly welcome them home as great athletes who had an outstanding year and did their utmost to represent themselves, their club and their supporters

    While the club may have had a commitment to present at Subi Oval on their return from Vic the players looked sadly forlorn in front of a small crowd of die hard supporters but the management failed dismally by not holding a welcome back to the players as heroes at Freo oval where supporters would have come out in their thousands

    The Hawks went back to their clubrooms and training ground but also went to Tassie to say thanks to their supporters

    The FFC management played its hand a long time ago and Freo will be a better place without the precious Dockers so that we can concentrate on positive moves to support the Bulldogs and Sharks in their endeavours to share Freo Oval….albeit I’m a Royal’s supporter I have a soft spot for Souths who produced the exceptional Whoosha et al and welcomed the tough and uncompromising Mal Brown as coach

    And screw the FCC Management in its endeavours to screw the Freo Council over its lease at Freo Oval

  5. David. said, on December 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    It would be great if there was a Fremantle A-league club playing out of the oval.

    The Dockers do not care about staying or the fact the council wants to promote the two WAFL clubs. There attitude is embarrasing.

  6. Clayton Gunning said, on December 3, 2016 at 11:17 am

    As a Fremantle resident and ratepayer AND a Fremantle (Dockers) Football Club Member and Season Ticket Holder I was filthy on the club leaving Fremantle to go to Cockburn but I am irate at the thought of $1 of my rate money going to the Fremantle Football Club. If the City ends up paying this extortion demand I will not be renewing my membership in future seasons.

    Maybe the City should add the question to our next rate notices how many Dockers Members actually live in Fremantle and then get these people like me to make ourselves be heard.

    Before however I write to the Dockers I think we need to be better advised of the arrangements.

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