Perth Glory fans are set to scare the life out of Sydney FC with a cauldron of noise in Sunday’s A-League grand final.
They want to turn Optus Stadium into an intimidating arena throwing the visitors to Glory’s gladiators.
Leading the way will be the fanatical Shed and the active supporters group whose numbers are expected to swell to 4000 on the night.
FFA said last night only 10,000 tickets were left for sale. Glory go into their first A-League final since 2012 — having not lifted a trophy for 15 years — after finishing top of the ladder and winning the Premiers’ Plate.
Fans had to endure the white knuckle semifinal sudden death penalty shootout against Adelaide United to make the big one.
Sydney on the other hand cruised in with the 6-1 massacre of Melbourne Victory.
“We’re going to take over the stadium. It will be intimidating, awesome,” long-time Shed member Jacob Saunders said.
“There’s going to be a lot of noise from a lot of people.
“Get down, support year local team, support WA. It’s a one team, one city. You can’t miss it.
“This means everything to us. We’ve waited 15 years for this.
“We’ve been through the good times and the bad times. This is as good as it gets.”
Fellow lifetime supporter Brian Doherty wonders whether his blood pressure can take another penalty shootout. But he forecast they were likely to introduce some new Glory songs during the game.
“It’s organic. It just happens,” he said. “There will probably be 40,000 people that don’t know our songs but we want to get as many as involved as possible.
“We’ll have lyrics for some songs online on the Glory Fans United web page. If it’s your first time familiarise yourselves.
“Join in. That’s what we want, people joining in making a lot of noise. Even if you don’t know the words clap along to the drums.
“You’re going to hear them. Bring it on.”