Strikers Back in 14 team NSLKeith Page Wednesday, July 04, 2001 23:43 GMT
Last night the Brisbane Strikers were reinstated in to a 14 team NSL which also includes Canberra Cosmos.
Club GM Ray Evans paid tribute to the great support the club had received "from the state premier down to all the Strikers fans" on national radio tonight.
Talks between Brisbane and Leeds United are expected to be hastily revisited with the English giants reportedly keen to buy a controlling stake in the Queensland club.
The Strikers' partnership with Parmalat has continued despite the off-season troubles, with Parma goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon attending a coaching clinic last month for Junior Strikers.
This message was recieved from Chairman Ross Melville
GREAT NEWS FOR THE QUEENSLAND COMMUNITY
At 5:30pm today, I received official confirmation from Soccer Australia
that the Brisbane Strikers would be included in the National Soccer
League for the forthcoming season, which will commence late September.
I am greatly appreciative of the support provided by many thousands of
Queenslanders from all geographic areas of the State in helping the
Strikers to fight for re-admission into the competition. The Board of
the Brisbane Strikers sincerely thanks everyone who assisted. The
strength of our support was lead by State Premier Peter Beattie, the
Deputy Premier Terry Mackenroth, the Leader of the Opposition Mike
Horan, Brisbane's Lord Mayor Jim Soorley and countless other State and
Soccer Australia will issue a license to participate in the National
League in the name of the Brisbane Strikers and this is a very positive
step to guarantee the future success and development of our Club. The
news received today is also of great benefit to the Queensland Soccer
Federation and they should be delighted that their 20% shareholding in
the Brisbane Strikers is now protected.
I am indebted to the Directors of the Brisbane Strikers Dr Clem Jones,
Mrs Dell Townsend and Mr Ray Evans who have assisted and guided me
through the difficult times and, without their help, our task would have
been much more difficult. Our legal team which included Dale Cliff of
McCullough Robertson and Paul Melville of Melville McGregor were
outstanding and the professional help that we received from Dr Grant
Sinnamon was invaluable. The Brisbane Strikers Supporters Association
lead by John Wainwright have played an important role in our
re-admission and it was always of great comfort to me that our players
and support staff never lost confidence and their loyalty is
Whilst the Strikers only have a small but competent staff, they have
worked tirelessly to help us achieve this objective.
It has been extremely encouraging that our sponsors Hyundai, Parmalat,
Clem Jones Group of Companies, ABC Printing and a host of our other
sponsors and supporters have also been rock solid behind the Strikers
during these difficult times.
I look forward to seeing all of those loyal supporters at the first game
and trust that, together, we will all make it a successful season for
the Brisbane Strikers.
Wednesday 4th July, 2001