In a sad morning for Melbourne Victory’s finest, veteran striker Archie Thompson reiterated the importance of the fans after it was announced he had played his final A-League season with the club.
Though his career may continue elsewhere, Thompson was known as the people’s person of the club, being there since day one he was not afraid of mingling with the supporters when they approached him.
The 37-year-old said his best memories at Victory were moments off the pitch and drew attention away from the success he had at the club.
“As a player, as an athlete you want to win medals and trophies, you want to be remembered like that. For me it’s never been about that, it’s about putting on smiles on kids and supporters faces, I want to be remembered for that,” Thompson said.
“That’s what it was all about for me. When you see me out on the pitch and when you see me off the pitch, how you see me interact with people that was never put on that was always me.
“I hope people who put the Melbourne Victory jersey on and the players who put it on take that the time out and that’s what I’ve always done, take the time out to talk the supporters, not just run past them.
“It’s an important thing and I think a lot of athletes forget that, so I hope they don’t do that here at Melbourne Victory.”
It could potentially be Thompson’s last game for Victory on Tuesday night in the Asian Champions League against Gamba Osaka.
The match will decide Victory’s fate whether they will progress to the next stage of the competition.
Should it happen, it will be the first time in the clubs history playing knock out Champions League Football and as a bonus, they will have their star striker to live and fight another day.
Despite the speculation, the legend has urged fans to attend the game next week.
“It’s hard because I have such a good relationship with the supporters. I’d like to just thank them so much for embracing me and making me feel as one of them,” he said.
“I’ve always said from day one they are the most important thing in any club. I just hope they get along on Tuesday and support the club.”comments