There’s been plenty of thrills and spills at Allianz Stadium during our last 13 years of competition there, so many so that we’re picking out our top 10.
Today we turn our attention to the stands and The Cove, as we pay homage to their spectacular tifos on display ahead of huge clashes.
With so many to choose from we’ve selected our top 10 favourites in no particular order, check them out below…
1. King Arnie:
Paying homage to Head Coach Graham Arnold and our record breaking 2016/17 season, The Cove unfurled this tifo from the roof of Allianz Stadium in a first for the ground ahead of our thrilling 2-2 draw in the first #SydneyDerby of season 2017/18.
2. Get The Set:
Unveiled ahead of the 2017 FFA Cup Final, again from the roof of Allianz Stadium, the Sky Blues’ heeded The Cove’s call and completed a calendar year treble with their first ever FFA Cup triumph against Adelaide.
3. Saint Terry:
“Terrence McFlynn, Eternally Sky Blue”. One of the most intricate and impressive tifos put on display, The Cove hoisted this giant mural aloft in commemoration of Sydney FC Hall of Fame member and longest serving player Terry McFlynn’s retirement in 2014.
4. “Our Existence Defines You”:
Sending a message to our cross-town rivals, this massive choreographed display from The Cove made for an intimidating sight pre-match as the Sky Blues’ extended their undefeated run in the Derby in January 2017.
5. “Our Sydney”:
The tifo that started our nine match #SydneyDerby unbeaten run, depicting the Wanderers being denied a grasp on our city, and we certainly did that on the field with a 3-1 win sealing bragging rights at Allianz Stadium.
6. “Rest In Peace Dogga”:
A poignant tribute for a devoted Sydney FC Member, both Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners teams lined up facing The Cove as a series of message banners were displayed underneath a big screen tribute to William “Doggadog” Duran following his passing, with Alex Brosque also occupying his seat for the clash in 2012.
7. Sydney Is A State Of Mind:
Pointing to the notion that the Sky Blues aren’t defined by geography, this set of massive banners and accompanying display was put on show ahead of another thrilling #SydneyDerby victory as Alex Brosque struck late to seal a 3-2 win.
8. “Memories May Fade But History Lives Forever”:
A little reminder of the historic double won by the Sky Blues in the 2009/10 season, The Cove launched season 2010/11 with this joint display featuring images of Terry McFlynn and Steve Corica holding our titles ahead of our Round 1 encounter against the Victorians that ended 3-3.
9. “Welcome To Heaven”:
A response to Melbourne’s “Welcome To Hell” display at Etihad Stadium, The Cove choreographed this display with the pearly gates opening ahead of our Premiership winning clash against the Victorians on Valentine’s Day 2010.
10. Thanks For The Memories:
Celebrating five years to the day since our 2010 Valentine’s Day win over Melbourne Victory, The Cove produced this massive banner display spanning the entire three bays behind the goal as we faced the Victorians on Valentine’s Day 2015.