This probably breaks at least some aspect of copyright and privacy laws, and probably lacks a bit of decorum, but there's two things I'll say about it before we get into the nitty gritty. Firstly, it's still on the net, and therefore I can use it as long as I make valid comment; and secondly, you people can do an online search with my name and see my halcyon days of making faux-teenage intellectual comments on Monsanto and Trent Croad, and the other Paul Mavroudis who's the president of Melbourne's 'Thessaloniki Association'.
Anyway, while searching through the ancient archives of South Melbourne websites past, I found an interesting semi-regular segment called Fanatic of the Week. Naturally, everyone claims their loyalty to South forever in these things... but where are they now? Are they still supporting the club? Unfortunately the archives don't work in their entirety... so this segment will last for three weeks or so. Shame really... some people are getting off lightly. We'd love to know if these people have jumped off South and onto some other bandwagon and professed their new undying love for that cause - or whether, against the odds, they're still hanging round the joint.
In it's own way, this is a similar idea to the Pumpkin Seed Eaters 'Poulimeno of the Week' (which should be 'Poulimeno of the Month' seeing as how it's a monthly show... and perhaps should have been 'Poulimeno of the Fortnight' seeing as it used to be a fortnightly show, but I digress), but with the added possibility of some genuine redemption for the individual and South itself, if they're still following this great club. And now on with the show; this edition first hit the internet airwaves Friday 8th June, 2001.
FANATIC OF THE WEEK
Friday, 8th June, 2001
Welcome to 'Fanatic of the Week'.
This week’s fanatic is Helen Menidis from Ringwood who misses Ange Postecoglou as senior coach of the club.
See below for full fanatic profile:
NAME: Helen J Menidis
INTERESTS: Soccer, shopping, travelling and sleeping
FAVOURITE SOCCER CLUBS: South Melbourne
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF SOUTH MELBOURNE?
No, but I will be next season
WHAT AGE DID YOU EXPERIENCE YOUR FIRST MATCH?
My family and I have always followed this club and I watch all the games on TV, but my first ever game attended was the Major Semi-Final 2nd Leg against Wollongong this year. I also attended the Preliminary Final against Sydney Olympic and the NSL Grand Final at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney.
FAVOURITE SOUTH MELBOURNE MEMORY?
Meeting all the players and staff behind the team.
MOST MEMORABLE GAME WATCHED?
Our win at Olympic Park because I was there and it was much better than watching it on TV.
FAVOURITE CURRENT PLAYER?
All of them. I see them a lot and they are a friendly and down to earth bunch of guys.
BEST SOUTH MELBOURNE PLAYER EVER?
Ange Postecoglou because he was a fantastic player and a legendary coach. He had the passion that champions are made of as a player and a coach, and took the boys all they way to give them the great reputation of being Australia's Most Successful Club. I miss him as a coach!
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SOUTH MELBOURNE?
WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT SOUTH MELBOURNE?
WOULD YOU EVER SUPPORT ANOTHER NSL TEAM?
Because they are the team I strongly support, and I will always cheer them on through good times and bad.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME HELEN.