Canterbury Bulldogs - Supporters

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The Bulldogs Army is the core support group for the Bulldogs, with the section they sit within known as 'The Kennel'. To be sitting in this section, supporters must become a member of the club itself and register any large flags and/or banners which are brought to the game. At all away games the Bulldogs Army locates themselves in the general admission section. The main aim of the Bulldogs Army is to show support and passion for the Bulldogs.

As the region's traditional local representatives, the Bulldogs predominantly draw on a support base in and around the suburbs of Canterbury and Bankstown in south-western Sydney, although in recent years club administration and home matches have relocated to Sydney Olympic Park. The Bulldogs are the most supported NRL club in regional NSW - over 25% of Bulldog fans are located in regional NSW, over 25% are located outside of NSW and over 10% are located in QLD[1] The club has one of the highest average attendances in the league: over the 2010 season, it was one of only two clubs to record an average home crowd of more than 20,000.[2]

The multicultural demographics of the suburbs in the club's support base, such as Lakemba, means the club has a large number of supporters from a range of non-Anglo ethnicities. In recent years the club has become particularly identified in the media with the Lebanese and the Greek community, particularly with the club's former star goalkicker Hazem El Masri, being of Lebanese nationality, who migrated from Lebanon as a young child. The Greek community has a huge history of Greeks playing for the club dating back to the 1970s with club legend George Peponis, who migrated from Greece as a very young child who captained the Bulldogs and Australia. El Masri retired at the end of the 2009 season.

Notable supporters of the club include; Don Burke,[3] Doug Walters,[4] Harry Kewell,[5] James Magnussen,[6] Elka Graham,[7] Bill Woods,[8] Tony Roche, [9] Ian Thorpe, Matthew Barton, [10] Joe Hansen (guitarist for Grinspoon),[11] John Hatzistergos,[12] Ma'a Nonu,[13] Mark Waugh,[14] Steve Waugh,[15] and Peter Lonard.[16]

References

  1. http://www.bulldogs.com.au/default.aspx?s=membership-2011
  2. "Rugby League Tables / Attendances 2010 / Canterbury". http://stats.rleague.com/rl/crowds/2010.html. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  3. Walter, Brad (20 March 1999). "Burke gives nod to Bulldogs new ground". Sydney: AAP Sports News. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-21458541.html. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
  4. Goodwin, Dorothy (26 September 1982). "Eels Premier Tip". League Souvenir (Sun-Herald, The). http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5GwRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4OYDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6417,7404171. Retrieved 27 September 2009. {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Dead link |date=__DATE__ |$B=[dead link] }}
  5. Kewell biography (trivia section)
  6. "James Magnussen signs up for Bullldogs Membership". bulldogs.com.au (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs). 21 November 2011. http://www.bulldogs.com.au/news-display/James-Magnussen-signs-up-for-Bullldogs-Membership/45243.
  7. Magnay, Jacquelin (7 April 2005). "Dogs' image makeover". smh.com.au (The Sydney Morning Herald). http://www.smh.com.au/news/League/Dogs-image-makeover/2005/04/06/1112489562021.html.
  8. "Member in Focus – Belmore Sportsground – 18 Jersey winner". bulldogs.com.au (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs). 15 February 2012. http://www.bulldogs.com.au/news-display/Member-in-Focus--Belmore-Sportsground--18-Jersey-winner/47363.
  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khD2ZwTdgI4
  10. Langdon, Mark (4 February 2005). "Deadly Danny can get St Helens off to a flyer". The Racing Post (London, England: MGN LTD). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-128086234.html. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
  11. Moran, Jonathon (29 September 2004). "Grand Final battle for Grinspoon". AAP General News. pp. Australia. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-99828042.html. Retrieved 5 October 2009.
  12. dailytelegraph.com.au (2 April 2008). "Guilty plea plan seems fair". Daily Telegraph, The (News Limited). http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/guilty-plea-plan-seems-fair/story-e6frezz0-1111115947285. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  13. Pehlps, James (18 December 2006). "All Blacks star eyes NRL". The Daily Telegraph (Australia: foxsports.com.au). http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/print/0,22451,20942284-23214,00.html. Retrieved 27 September 2009. {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Dead link |date=__DATE__ |$B=[dead link] }}
  14. Davies, Gareth A (10 September 2002). "My Sport: Mark Waugh". telegraph.co.uk (London: Telegraph Media Group Limited). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/3034213/My-Sport-Mark-Waugh.html#. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  15. Watt, Stuart (10 June 2003). "Inspired Johns can't wait for Origin I". abc.net.au (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2003/06/10/876374.htm. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  16. "A Bulldog fan on world stage". Canterbury Club Journal (Canterbury Leagues Club): pp. 19. June 2005. Archived from the original on 7 December 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061207192045/http://canterburyleague.tripod.com/PDF/journel-june-2005-web.pdf. Retrieved 2010-10-25.