Whose Town Is This? Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club and Graham Arnold’s Sydney Football Club meet in the Sydney Derby this weekend at Parramatta Stadium in Parramatta, Western Sydney, Australia on Saturday, Jan. 16. Western Sydney is 8-3-3 (27 points) while Sydney FC are currently 6-6-2 (24 points). Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 a.m. PT/3:30 a.m. ET. This is also Game No. 100 for Western Sydney.
The Wanderers held humble origins – not least in paying homage to the Parramatta-based Wanderers FC team of 1880, the first registered football club in Australia. This would set the tone for the club’s foremost founding principle: the community, and the belief that this community is the pride of the club.
You don’t have to go far to see how proud the region are of their team and how clearly this is shown in the normalities of everyday life. A Wanderers jersey on every street corner is as common a sight you will see and cars emblazoned with red and black membership stickers flash past constantly to remind you of the region’s beating heart.Shaped in Popovic’s image, the other foundations would soon follow. Aspirations of grandeur were firmly cast in iron and the founding ideals were established with the purpose of transforming the club into a world class footballing institute.
Discipline, hard work, hunger and winning mentality – ultimately the lifeblood of the Western Sydney region and the lifeblood of the team. And it’s the fourth founding cornerstone – a winning mentality – that has developed into something of a mantra for Popovic and has undoubtedly been the driving force in the development of an unbeatable footballing culture.