Western Sydney Wanderers defender Brendan Hamill is desperate for the club’s active supporter group Red and Black Bloc (RBB) to “continue coming out in numbers”.
More than 13,000 fans turned out for Wanderers’ Spotless Stadium debut on Sunday, which came only days prior to Melbourne Victory’s active supporter group North Terrace decided to cease their coordinated support.
Anti-social behavior in the RBB, like Victory’s North Terrace, has previously led to FFA sanctions to the respective clubs.
The North Terrace’s withdrawal comes following an FFA show cause notice after a flare was lit among the group at the Melbourne Derby.
It is understood issues around alleged heavy handedness of police and security at the derby led to the North Terrace’s decision.
Hamill backed the RBB’s support, labeling the group the side’s 13th player and hoped they’d never take similar action.
“As players we don’t want flares to be lit,” Hamill said.
“We want the support from the supportive groups.
“We love the RBB, they’re a key factor. They’re not our 12th man they’re our 13th man.
“Hopefully we can continue to work down the right path and they continue coming out in numbers.”
Hamill added that he hopes Wanderers can make their new home ground a “fortress” which opposition sides fear.
Wanderers conceded twice late on to draw 2-2 with Newcastle Jets in front of 13,247 fans, which was down on last season’s 14,297 average at Pirtek Stadium.
“The atmosphere was unbelievable again and credit to them,” Hamill said.
“We didn’t get the win but we’ll be looking to make that place a fortress.
“Most teams will fear coming to place us at our home ground.
“They’ll have to do a hell of a lot to get a point from us at our home ground.”