The decline of the Wollongong Wolves

By Michael Cockerill
Updated August 28 2012 - 11:43pm, first published August 17 2012 - 7:21pm
The decline of the Wollongong Wolves

NOT so long ago, Wollongong Wolves were on top of the world. On their way to Spain for the 2001 FIFA Club World Cup as newly minted champions of Oceania, and defending champions of Australia. Now they are living out of a suitcase, relying on the largesse of a few committed individuals. Penniless and homeless. Dreams of glory and professionalism have been replaced by one overriding focus: survival. Even in the context of the notorious boom-bust cycle of football in this country, it has been a staggering fall from grace.

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