Soccer: Perth Glory sets new membership record

Perth Glory has passed 8500 members for the first time. Picture: Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images
Perth Glory has passed 8500 members for the first time. Picture: Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images

PERTH Glory has set a new record for membership after eclipsing last season’s total of 7109.

Ahead of tomorrow night’s home clash with Western Sydeny Wanderers, Glory broke the 8500 members barrier for the first time and follows several years of consistent growth for the club.

The off-field success has mirrored the stable on-field performance, where under Kenny Lowe’s stewardship the team has seen its best win-loss ratio (34 wins, 19 draws, 21 loses) in A-League history.

The Glory currently sits two points off third-spot and a possible Asian Champions League berth.

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Chief executive Peter Filopoulos said it was a major feat in the club’s history.

“I’d like to thank first and foremost our loyal members, for sticking by us, and of course our staff particularly our membership team of Joe Marafioti and Ghaz Ramli who under the guidance of Anthony Radich, have worked around the clock to hit the target and maintain the upward trajectory we have generated in recent years,” he said.

“This is testament to everyone involved at the club, on and off the pitch, that the ‘Glory Days’ are back as we strive to hit 10,000 members and beyond as part of our four-year strategic plan.”

The membership tally compliments the boost in TV audiences for Glory matches, which are up 15 per cent on last year, while the match day attendance has also jumped by nearly 20 per cent on last year to 10,700.

“It’s already been a historic year for the club on so many levels, with our Perth Glory Women hosting a W-League grand final which set a new record crowd and not forgetting this year also marks the club’s 20th anniversary; exciting things will continue to happen at Perth Glory,” Filopoulos added.

Glory faces the Wanderers at Perth Oval tomorrow, where a win could elevate Glory to third on the ladder and in contention to host a home final.