THEY may have stumbled at the last hurdle, but the Wanderers are the pride of the entire western suburbs.
Though they succumbed to the Brisbane Roar 2-1 at Suncorp Stadium before 51,000, the Wanderers in 2014 have shouted to the world that their home — the western suburbs of Sydney — is a region of achievement, a place to be proud of.
Like the Wanderers, western Sydney is full of successful stories, in myriad fields, sporting and non-sporting, business and community activities, in our local councils, schools and universities and a thousand factories across the region.
But it has taken a phenomenal soccer club like the Wanderers, just two years after they were created from scratch, to send this powerful message to the world: western Sydney represents winners.
And make no mistake, the Wanderers belong to everyone in the west; they belong to Liverpool and Fairfield; and they also belong to Blacktown, Parramatta and Penrith.
Thanks to the Wanderers — built by people from the west and staffed with people from the west — the rest of Sydney knows about what western Sydney is all about. It is about achievement through honest toil, and everyone working together.
— Eric Kontos