Local boy Mark Bridge reflects on the final regular season match ever to be held at the original Wanderland.
It’s going to be a strange feeling leaving Wanderland. I have so many great memories here and it’s a place that all of us hold dear.
The fact that our final game at Pirtek is against Central Coast is interesting.
I remember our first game here at Parramatta was against them, so playing them tonight is a fitting ending for what has been a magical few years at this place.
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Hopefully we can end on a high and put up a winning performance to go out on.
To have the accolade of first Wanderer to score at Pirtek is something I really cherish. Of course it’s always a team effort and as a striker it’s nice to get on the sheet every week but my first goal here was something I’ll remember long after I stop playing.
However, my favourite moment at Pirtek would have to be Shinji Ono’s New Year’s Day goal against Victory.
To see a volleyed finish like that was something to behold. It’s very rare you get to see moments like that in football and we’re very lucky to have experienced that at Pirtek, let alone the Hyundai A-League.
It’s those moments that make Wanderland special for all who walk through its gates.
But what really transforms Pirtek into Wanderland are our fans. They’re easily the greatest in the league. Their passion is moving and to an extent some people come just to watch them – that’s how good they are.