As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations continue, we caught up with some of our Club's biggest fans!
Meet Lachlan Wight, a passionate Melbourne City fan who has been following them since the Melbourne Heart era, and has brought his wife with him every step of the way...
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Lachlan Wight, a doctor from the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Which team do you support and how long have you been a fan?
I support Melbourne City FC - I've been a fan since the very beginning of the Melbourne Heart era.
I was lucky enough to go to the press conference when we announced Wayne Shroj signing and met stalwarts like John Aloisi and Matt Thompson. I was hooked from then on.
City/Heart fans have been lucky that the club has been so open and welcoming over the years.
What does your club mean to you?
Sometimes my wife tells me she’s not sure who I love more – her or the club. I tell her it varies based on the weekend...
Who comes to games with you?
My wife and, sometimes, a few close friends. I try to introduce people who enjoy football to the A-League whenever I can. A few of them have gone from casually interested to club members.
Do you recognise other fans when you come to games?
Definitely. I’ve made some good friends from coming to Melbourne City games. Whether it’s standing in the terrace or walking around Gosch’s Paddock pre-game, you begin to recognise familiar faces. It’s a good family feeling at games.
What’s your favourite moment at AAMI Park over the years and why?
For Melbourne City, my three favourites would be winning the first derby over Victory, winning the FFA Cup and winning the W-League title. The atmosphere was intense and the stadium was jumping every time.
One of my other favourite moments was sitting in the stands for the AFC Asian Cup match between Iran and Bahrain. Nearly 18,000 supporters packing every corner of the stadium and 90 minutes of chanting, singing and drumming. The stadium erupted with every shot and goal. You’d think that there were 100,000 people packed in by the noise levels. It was just on another level.
What makes AAMI Park stand out from other stadiums?
Beyond the unique design, you feel both close to the action in every seat yet comfortable and not crammed together. Particularly compared to other stadiums in Melbourne, there isn’t a better place to watch football. A full AAMI Park has better atmosphere and noise than almost any other stadium in Australia.
What’s one thing you’d like to happen at AAMI Park over the next 10 years?
I’d love to see Melbourne City lift the Toilet Seat in a packed grand final and the Matildas win the 2023 Women’s World Cup in front of a sold out stadium.