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Crowds down as Glory clash with Skyworks
Ivan Franjic and Jack Hingert challenge Ryo Nagai. Picture: Getty Images

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage has been assured the club will not be scheduled to play a home game on Australia Day next year.

Sage repeatedly tried to have yesterday's game against Brisbane Roar rescheduled to avoid a clash with Australia Day celebrations.

An estimated 300,000 people attended the Skyworks display on the Swan River, with many more attending smaller celebrations, and the attendance of 4800 at nib Stadium justified Sage's initial fears.

A-League chief Damien de Bohun told Glory they would not be scheduled to play at home on January 26 next year and Sage used his column in Glory's match day program to reiterate games in Perth on Australia Day were not ideal.

"I know the timing for tonight's game has caused great debate and raised questions why the match was scheduled against the fireworks," Sage wrote.

"As a club, Perth Glory did not request to play the game tonight and once the fixture was confirmed, we have tried repeatedly to have the game rescheduled.

"Unfortunately, due to the complicated nature of the fixture, the FFA could not change the time or day.

"While Australia Day is a great date for other cities, the FFA, and especially the Head of the A-League Damien de Bohun, have understood that games in Perth on January 26 are not ideal."

Glory entered the Brisbane clash with just two wins in their previous 12 games and the poor run no doubt contributed to the low attendance.

Crowds have hovered around the 7000-9000 mark since 14,385 turned up to see a 1-0 win over Brisbane at Patersons Stadium in round one.

But the Australia Day figure was well below the club's previous average attendance of 8988 for the season.

Crowds were healthy at fixtures in Sydney and Melbourne on the same day, with nearly 27,000 on hand to witness Melbourne Victory defeat Sydney FC at a sold-out AAMI Park.

Glory were beaten 1-0 and slipped to second-last on the A-League table courtesy of Brisbane youngster James Meyer's long-range strike in the first half.

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