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Scott Jamieson hopeful Western Sydney Wanderers’ fans return for top-of-the-table clash

Western Sydney Wanderers defender Scott Jamieson acknowledges the boycott from A-League active fans is a “delicate” issue but he is hoping they return in full voice for Saturday’s table-topping clash with Melbourne Victory at Pirtek Stadium.
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The Wanderers’ active fans, the Red and Black Bloc, are considering extending their boycott from last week and will be guided by the outcome of Wednesday night’s meeting with fans of other clubs, which will also be attended by Football Federation ‘s administration.

The ongoing situation has created a level of controversy that has overshadowed the Wanderers’ remarkable on-field performance. Tony Popovic’s man have taken maximum points from each of their past six matches to surge to the top of the A-League table.

Jamieson said the players were acutely aware of what was happening and said while he understood the fans position, he also hoped they could be persuaded to return.

“It’s such a delicate situation but we need our fans back. I speak for us as a club, and we have the best fans in the league. I even listened to “Macca” [Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren] about teams coming to Parramatta and it not being the same atmosphere,” he said at training on Tuesday.

“That RBB-kind of feel, it’s like no other. It’s a delicate situation, because we really do need them but we understand they haven’t been treated right and deserve the right to stand up and speak up.

“Hopefully this meeting tomorrow can really try and mend a few things. We’ve all realised how important these active members are and how much they bring to the league and to sport in .”

Widely considered the two most vocal fan groups in the country, the prospect of the Red and Black Bloc and Melbourne Victory’s North Terrace silently watching, or boycotting completely, is unthinkable for Jamieson.

“We want our fans to go at their fans, their fans to go at our fans – in a good and respectful way, in a non-harmful way,” he said. “That back and forth creates an atmosphere like no other. It really is special and hopefully the RBB can sort it out.”

The defender said he hoped the ultimate outcome would actually be beneficial for fans.

“I think it will be a good thing in the long run that these people, who have been hard done by, have spoken up, get the respect they deserve and come down on Saturday night,” he said.

Like many of his teammates, Jamieson said the atmosphere against Brisbane Roar was “weird”.

“The fans that did turn up were brilliant. They tried to make as much noise as they can but there were also times during the game when I could hear other teammates from across the pitch and that’s never happened at Parramatta,” he said.

“You turn around, getting ready to defend a corner, and you see the whole area behind the goal empty. That was a bit weird – for the split second I did think about things other than the game.

“They’re such important cogs to our club, to our playing group that hopefully it does get sorted out.”

On a lighter note, Jamieson can’t wait to lock horns with one of his best friends and former teammates at Perth Glory, goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, who rejected an offer from Western Sydney to sign with Melbourne Victory.

If one thing is assured, it’s the banter will be flying around relentlessly all night.

“He was always a greedy man and wanted too much money. He was always chasing the dough and ended up in Melbourne unfortunately and didn’t want to come back to his roots,” Jamieson joked.

“I’ve spoken to him him a few times – but I’ll leave it at that. I’ll be speaking to him during the week, I’ll chuck a photo or two of him on Instagram, try to rattle him and see if I can put him off his game.

“He’s quality. He’s a great friend of mine but I’ll try and touch him up in the tunnel to see if I can get under his skin.”

Fan issues aside, the mood at the Wanderers hasn’t been this buoyant since they won the Asian Champions League over a year ago.

“You can’t really beat a winning feeling, especially when you turn up on the Monday and have Monday-itis. You do get a bit sick of it. Coming in and winning is like no other feeling,” he said.

“When you’re feeling pretty shitty and crap, if you’ve won on the weekend, it just makes everything better. It’s good we’ve got a few jokers in the team that can also keep it light hearted but also have a laugh too.”

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