Wanderers ready to take the field

SOME said it was a fairytale but in three weeks the Western Sydney Wanderers will make their A-League debut.

The formation of the club hasn't been without its difficulties but, despite several off-field incidents, the Wanderers will be ready ahead of time for their October 6 deadline.

Working hard behind the scenes has been the club's inaugural executive chairman, Lyall Gorman.

Gorman, who helped establish the Central Coast Mariners, said the Wanderers' assignment has been a tough challenge but one well worth the effort.

"People thought it was an impossibility to have the club up and running in six months," Gorman said. "[But despite the difficulties] we've signed 19 out of the minimum 20 players we need, and we're well advanced with our recruitment, sponsors and corporate hospitality."

The team's first real test came last month when two ugly crowd incidents threatened to derail the club's membership drive.

Club officials and fans reacted quickly to deal with the situation and stress to the public the Wanderers football club is committed to positive social change.

"There was a little bit of concern [about the potential impact] the incidents could have on the club," Gorman said. "But people soon realised Wanderers fans weren't involved in either incident.

"Once people understood the true values and culture of our club the fans gave the accusations no credibility at all."

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