Fiona Killman, Real Estate Reporter
Updated 16 Aug 2023, 10:06am
First published 15 Aug 2023, 6:26pm
Is it already too late?
When the Matildas take on England in Sydney tonight, who has the real home advantage?
The Matildas may not be stepping onto Accor Stadium with quite the same home crowd advantage as they would in Brisbane due to Sydney’s high UK-born population which will be out in force supporting the Lionesses.
Matildas players celebrate winning the FIFA Womens World Cup Quarter final match between against France at Brisbane Stadium. Picture: Lachie Millard
Players from England in training ahead of the semi-final. Picture: David Gray
History shows there’s an incredibly strong UK following during any sporting clash between Australia and England in Sydney. Picture: Dean Lewins
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The Matildas are through to their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final after the nail biting victory over France which saw them win in a penalty shootout on Saturday night.
Meanwhile the Lionesses claimed their spot in the final four with a 2-1 win over Colombia on Saturday.
History has shown England vs. Australia clashes in the Harbour City are not necessarily always dominated by Aussie fans with the likes of cricket and rugby union prone to a strong English following.
England fans react as England win against Colombia. Picture: Chris J Ratcliffe
While the ticketing scandal making headlines has revealed that tickets allocated to English supporters have been hijacked by Aussies, there remains a massive amount of Australian residents born in the UK who may have already have snapped up tickets.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 Census data, the top country of birth for people living in Sydney, outside Australia, was England.
The Census data recorded 153,052 people living in Sydney who were born in the UK and 1.2 million UK-born people living in Australia.
PropTrack data also reveals England in the top two countries for NSW property searches from overseas on
England also had an increase in rental searches over the past 12 months compared to the previous period.
Some historic Australia vs. England clashes have seen UK-dominant crowds across Sydney.
Jack Welsby of the Saints holds aloft the World Club Challenge trophy with fans after victory during the World Club Challenge. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images
English fans at Telstra Stadium in Sydney in 2003 during the Rugby World Cup. Picture: Mark Evans
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The rugby league World Cup Challenge clash and NRL trial match between St Helens and Penrith in February at BlueBet Stadium saw massive numbers of English supporters.
The major upset saw the Saints take out the game over the Panthers by just one point as Saints fans proved the most passionate of the night.
Rugby union has also had its fair share of international supporters with the English well and truly out in force in the thousands when England took out the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
British and Irish Lions fans at the Sydney Football Stadium in 2001 when they defeated the NSW Waratahs 41 – 24. Picture: Dean Lewins
When it comes to cricket, there’s no English vs. Australia matches without the iconic presence of the Barmy Army who never fail to show up in droves.
Ashes tests at the Sydney Cricket Ground are now stranger to the English supporters, both local and visiting, who are often labelled the rowdiest and loudest of them all.
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