On a different track, I think this article also explains why Sydney eventually needs another AFL club, based in the Western suburbs of Sudney, with its different demographics than the Swans supporters, in order to again "redefine the code's image" in Sydney -
"...Although Rugby League became more popular than Australian Football, working class players continued to swap between the two with a South Sydney rover by the name of Jim Stiff being the most famous example. Jim was voted best player at the 1933 National Australian Football Carnival. Four years later, he was chosen to tour with the Australian Rugby League. As for Sydney sports fans ...there was little hostility to Australian Football. As late as 1930, there was still high-level discussions about unifying Australia's two professional football codes.
The standard of Sydney footy was quite a high standard right until the 70s. In 1972, the NSW team, which contained predominantly of players from the Sydney league, beat the VFL seconds by 77 points. There was also a deal of spectator popularity. Games were played on enclosed grounds with gates, turnstiles and brick grandstands. Home and away games weren't huge but grand finals were played in front of 12,000-strong crowds.
However, this goodwill all changed in 1982 when the South Melbourne Swans relocated to Sydney and became known as the Sydney Swans. As the public face of Australian Rules in Sydney, the club redefined the code's image. Instead of being seen as working class, Football became associated with chardonnay, ballet and yuppies. 105 years of Australian Rules in Sydney was wiped clean and instead League fans viewed the game as a recent Melbourne import. Local clubs folded or amalgamated, grounds were rationalised or demonlised. ... despite making some inroads in the affluent market, the Swans were still unable to penetrate Sydney's working-class psyche. ...
I must admit, the feeling is similiar (although not as strong up here) I only just found this thread but it is a good read. nice work jeffles, sandy.
Went the the afl the other wk (lions v roos @ gabba), and made sure i told a few people about it just to see thier responses. the general answers were
Myself: Im going to the footy this wkend
Others: Oh really? whos playing again?
M: Lions v kangaroos
M: lions v kangaroos @ the gabba
O: ohhhh! why are you going to that crap for?
Yes AFL is the australian code
Yes AFL is played across oz
Yes the lions have won 3 recent premierships
for all this it really annoys me that some people are so oblivious as to not care about it. yes people have a right to watch whatever sports they like, but if the afl wants to take a serious grasp on brisbane (and indeed sydney) then work must be done to change the image of the game.
They are trying, and you'll find that it's being done at the junior level, particularly getting kids involved in playing the game. It was claimed by the premier that Australian football participation in Queensland now outstrips both RL and RU - I don't know whether that's true, but there's no question it's getting close, and that's been reflected in the number of draftees coming from Queensland (as well as ABS stats).
Some 40 year old no neck boofhead isn't going to change his mind, so there isn't a lot of point wasting too many resources in trying to get him to.