Wanderers cast eyes to Asian club comp

THE Western Sydney Wanderers consolidated second spot on the A-League ladder with a 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

Mark Bridge, a former Jets player, scored in the 33rd minute of a gripping encounter with an assist by fellow former Jet Labinot Haliti in front of an impressive and loud contingent of travelling Wanderers fans.

Today Western Sydney, tomorrow the world.

That could be the new motto for the Wanderers as they prepare for yet another climb up the ladder of success.

This one is reward for last year's A-League success and will see Tony Popovic's western suburbs heroes take on the best Asia has to offer in the 2014 Asian Champions League.

Wanderers fans will be treated to some great Champions League games at Pirtek Stadium in February, March and April and judging by the phenomenal success of the club just two years into its history, few would bet against them doing better than any other A-League club so far.

After last year's huge effort, when the club was beaten in the grand final but had earlier snatched the premier's plate — the minor premiership — everyone just expects this incredible club to succeed at everything it tries its hand at.

The Red and Black Bloc march en masse to the club's home ground on match day and make an incredible noise for the entire 90 minutes of the game.

Then there's the numbers: In their first year in the A-League, the Wanderers turnstiles turned 235,991 times. There'd be European soccer clubs envious of such figures.

Their average attendance this season is 15,744 (fourth in the league).

But wait, there's more.

The club has 16,521 season ticket members; out-of-towner and supporter members sit at 87.

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