只要我记得,我就一直爱着圣基尔达足球俱乐部。

我记得几乎所有有关我被录取的第一场比赛以及被录取为会员的那一天的事。它是在1998年的MCG比赛中对阵阿德莱德。

对于7岁的孩子来说,一场夜间游戏非常令人兴奋,因为这意味着睡觉后要在外面,而这些标志性灯塔的耀眼使我着迷。

太好了,爸爸让我吃了热炸薯条,更令人兴奋的是,当他注意到我的眼睛在他周围睁大时,把我领到了货车上。

他说,我可以拥有我想要的东西,我仍然拥有20美元的旗帜,它是如此之薄,以至于您可以看穿它,将其固定在弱化的木杆上的松紧带在一点点的作用下就会分解。

这是我最珍贵的圣基尔达财产。

从第一天起,我就迷上了-人群的射击和吼叫,当我们充满活力的中场之一在50杆内冲刺时的应许。

当要求举行控球决定时,我是完美的模仿者。我从没被教过嘲讽或嘘声。我被教导要拥抱高潮。教会我如何应对低谷-当时,它们经常来。

对我来说,圣基尔达足球俱乐部不只是一支橄榄球队。

这意味着家庭,联系和热情。

我非常关心这个俱乐部,因为我关心这个俱乐部的传统,历史和感伤感,这不仅对我来说,而且对其他圣徒球迷的健全军团也意味着。

作为圣基尔达队的支持者,很难形容其他俱乐部的球迷。

考虑到非常寂寞的’66英超联赛杯在默拉宾(Moorabbin)的位置上闪耀,很容易想到传统的成功概念,但是成为圣基尔达(St Kilda)的支持者比这更重要。

Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption says that „hope is a good thing, maybe even the best of things, and good things never die“.

I believe this quote encapsulates the passion of the St Kilda fan; the fan who keeps turning up, who keeps buying their membership, who never lets on-field performance diminish passion.

Some years ago, I did the absolutely unthinkable.

I purchased a $50 membership for North Melbourne when they threatened to go under (alongside my Saints membership of course).

The thought of supporters who adore what their club means to them, having to endure a merger or collapse devastated me

I wanted to do anything I could to preserve a club with a steep history, as I would hope that the same would be done for me. For us.

I’ve read about Fitzroy. I know that there are supporters who have said that football died for them the day that the Lions merged with the Bears.

The documentary ‚Year of the Dogs‘ highlights the fear that Footscray supporters faced under threat of merger or collapse.

I would be devastated if St Kilda collapsed.

Football would never be the same. I could never support anyone else.

This club ignites a passion in me that goes far beyond players on a field. To an extent, it’s unexplainable, but I also feel that’s the beauty of it.

It’s like a higher power, and there’s a majesty in the intangibility of love, loyalty and faith.

I am in such a privileged position that, in the current climate, my employment is stable and allows me to reassure the club of my membership commitments for the season; I will not request any refund.

I consider myself to be lucky every single day that this crisis persists and my heart breaks for those people who have to make some very difficult decisions in order to sustain themselves.

I know that there are so many who will need to forego their membership in order to simply put food on the table. It is unimaginable, yet completely understandable.

I think of my seven-year-old self all those years ago who began her journey of becoming a lover of football; there must be hot chips for young children, there must be sustained family traditions, there must be more football fairy tales, there must be football.

作为我久经考验的圣基尔达支持者,我对未来充满希望。希望曲线变平。希望我们伟大的游戏在各个层面上都能生存下去。在繁荣的圣基尔达足球俱乐部充满希望。希望获得第二名。

毕竟; “希望是一件好事,甚至最好的事情,好事永不消逝”。