The Independent Soccer Review Committee published a report in 2003 on the governance of soccer in Australia, headed by retired chairman of KPMG, David Crawford. It became known simply as the Crawford Report.
Crawford announced upon the completion of the report, "Change is essential if the sport is to reach the potential that it has promised for so long but failed to achieve. Without significant change the sport will continue to suffer from the factionalism, infighting and poor management that has bedevilled it in the past."
National Soccer League clubs and their diehard fans, however dwindling, were more than displeased. The governing body, Soccer Australia, was replaced by Football Federation Australia and reform was underway.
A full season was missed in building a new competition, which FFA called the A-League. A homogenous league of eight region-based clubs. The NSL was dead and buried.
Many of the so-called old soccer fans opted not to attend the A-League, claiming they could never support another club. New football fans would often refer to them, particularly on social media forums, as NSL bitters.
This design is for any fan of the NSL who wears their loyalty with pride.
NSL Bitter T-shirt
- Unisex, regular fit
- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL W 47 52 56.5 61 64 68 L 71 75 78.5 82 83.5 85
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