Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
Scribes have been theorising about Port's poor attendance since they entered the AFL.
Basically the agreed conclusion is purely and simply Port's supporter base was severely over-estimated. Looking at things mathematically:
There are just over 1 million people in Adelaide proper. There were 10 teams in the SANFL when Port made its initial bid in 1990 - so assuming support is split evenly that means 100k support for each team although of course this wouldn't be the case.
This figure could be worsened through the love them or hate them attitude towards Port (worse than Collingwood) and then the emergence and success of the Crows.
There is also the socio-economic fact that Port's fan-base is traditionally 'working-class' so there's economic strains on the cost of season-tickets and finals tickets, etc etc.
Finally, consider this. I am a Port Magpies fan and have previously been a member. When the Crows came into the comp in 1991 I was 10 and naturally supported them on the back of Port players like Tregenza, Hodges, Smith, etc and remained loyal to the club throughout and have been a fully paidup member since 1995.
I am one of the people 'expected' to go to Power matches but don't.
"They picked on the wrong man - and the wrong country. It was like pouring petrol onto a fire as far as I was concerned.
There's an old saying that the dog that barks loudest never bites. They did a lot of barking but we bit them pretty hard. Uruguay's attitude just showed how scared they were of us - it was their last resort."
- Vincenzo Grella, Parma & Australia.