The North Queensland Fury Football Club is one of two teams added to the Hyundai A-League in 2009. Along with the Gold Coast United Football Club they have increased the league from 8 to 10 teams. Queenslanders, and in particular North Queenslanders, are avid supporters of all sports, but in particular the north is considered a Rugby League stronghold. Because of this it was considered an impressive effort to convince the A-League to include a team from this region.
This decision has clearly paid dividends as the people of the region have embraced the team and support it enthusiastically.
The NQ Fury have attracted an unofficial supporters group called the F-Troop that has brought a new dimension to supporting a team through their “Active Support”. As an adults only supporters group, F-Troop get the crowd involved in the game by chanting and singing songs in support of the team. The F-Troop are over 200 strong and have proven very effective at getting the rest of the home fans involved in the songs, this brings an atmosphere other team sports can only dream about.
With the use of huge banners and drums the F-Troop have made a tradition of marching into their home ground (Dairy Farmer’s Stadium) in military style, which is most appropriate for this area as there is a large contingent of military families living and working in Townsville.
The NQ Fury colours are green and white and the F-Troop present an impressive image to opposing teams as they sing and cheer from bay 304 of Dairy Farmer's Stadium. Whilst the NQ Fury struggled in the first few games of their inaugural season, they have recently started to make ground on the other teams in the league, winning their first game away to Sydney FC with a 1-0 score line.
The Fury play an open, attacking brand of football and with their Marquee player being one Robbie Fowler (Liverpool Legend and AKA God in some quarters) they are very exciting to watch. So if you’re a football fan and would like to get to a game while on your Townsville travels the NQ Fury are the way to go.