As we approach the opening whistle of yet another Hyundai A-League season, I'll reflect on the feats of the Western Sydney Wanderers in their inaugural season, and how they may fare in their second.
A club formed in less than 12 months has a trophy cabinet boasting a Premiership Plate, and made the grand final.
This speaks volumes for those charged with the performances and off-field structure, namely coach Tony Popovic and chief executive Lyle Gorman.
But the biggest accolade must go to the fans and sponsors, whose magnificent support gave both the team and the club the impetus and foundation to reach those dizzy heights.
But now one must contemplate the inevitable "where to from here?"
To equal last season's achievements will be hard, to improve on them, near impossible.
So without being negative, it may be a case of contemplating mediocrity in 2013-14, with only the supporters equalling or improving on last season.
But in saying that, the success of any club can be measured by its supporters, and by this yardstick the Wanderers could finish light years in front of their opposition again.
Those of us who love our great game need to acknowledge those supporters and excellent sponsors for their patience and dedication for a club they had waited so long for.
Ray Richards was a member of the 1974 Socceroos, the first Australian team to qualify for the World Cup.