Number-one ticket holder

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A number-one ticket holder is a person who holds membership ticket number 1 of a particular sporting club. Possession of the number one ticket is largely symbolic. The tradition of having a number one ticket holder is mainly observed in Australia, particularly in the Australian Football League. The ticket is often given to a celebrity or past player in order to raise the profile of the club.

Australian Football League[edit]

The Australian Football League is the premier Australian rules football competition in Australia. Most clubs nominate a number one ticket holder each year.

2015 AFL number one ticket holders
Club Ticket holder
Adelaide Football Club Lleyton Hewitt [1]
Kate Ellis
[2]
Brisbane Lions Melanie Wright [3]
Spencer Grammer
Carlton Football Club Sam Smorgon[4]
Vivienne Kerr
Collingwood Football Club No number one ticket holder [1]
Essendon Football Club Ken Lay [5]
Fremantle Football Club Ben Roberts-Smith [6]
Geelong Football Club Rebecca Maddern[7]
Robert Doyle[8]
Keith Fagg[8]
Greater Western Sydney Giants Melissa Doyle [9]
Hawthorn Football Club Dulcie Kennedy [10]
Melbourne Football Club
North Melbourne Football Club Ricky Ponting [1]
Port Adelaide Football Club Hugh Sheridan [11]
Richmond Football Club Ken Grenda[12]
Evelyn Danos
St Kilda Football Club Eric Bana [13]
Sydney Swans Adam Spencer (2016) [14]
Duncan McPherson [15]
West Coast Eagles Daniel Ricciardo [16]
Western Bulldogs Alan Johnstone [17]

National Rugby League[edit]

The National Rugby League is the premier rugby league competition in Australasia. Known dates are included in brackets.

Club Ticket holder
Brisbane Broncos Lachlan Murdoch (2006–09)[18][19][20][21]
Andrew Fraser ("until he left politics" in 2012)[22]
Kevin Rudd (2013-14)[23][24]
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Canberra Raiders Mark Webber (2010)[25]
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Scott Morrison (2016) [26]
Gold Coast Titans
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Tony Abbott (2014–16) [27][28]
Melbourne Storm Molly Meldrum & Julia Gillard (2010) [29]
Newcastle Knights
New Zealand Warriors
North Queensland Cowboys
Parramatta Eels
Penrith Panthers Mark Geyer (2012-2016) [30][31]
South Sydney Rabbitohs
St. George Illawarra Dragons John Howard [32]
Sydney Roosters
Wests Tigers Lee Hagipantelis (2014–15) [33]
North Sydney Bears

A-League[edit]

The A-League is a professional men's soccer league in Australia and New Zealand.

Club Ticket holder Reference
Melbourne Heart FC Jon Bon Jovi (2010) [34]
Central Coast Mariners Julie Goodwin (2016-) [35]

ANZ Championship[edit]

The ANZ Championship was the premier netball league in Australia and New Zealand that existed between 2008 and 2016.

Club Ticket holder Reference
Queensland Firebirds Anna Bligh (2008) [36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Kate Ellis joins Crows" (Press release). Adelaide Football Club. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wright & Grammer: Lions No. 1 Ticket Holders". 30 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Fisher back for Blues". The AFL. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Number One Don - essendonfc.com.au". Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Roberts-Smith the No 1 ticket holder at Freo". WAToday. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Nash, Jonno (28 June 2012). "Cats' No.1 ticket holder Rebecca Maddern says it was either like football or there was no TV". Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
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  10. ^ "Dulcie Kennedy, female number one ticket holder". 12 March 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Johnstone named no.1 ticket holder". Western Bulldogs Football Club. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
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  22. ^ Ludlow, Mark; Cranston, Matthew (1 October 2015). "Queenslanders face off in battle for league's best". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
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  29. ^ Duck, Siobhan; Collier, Karen; Hudson, Phillip (22 April 2010). "Melbourne Storm number one ticket holder Molly Meldrum 'devastated' by NRL penalty". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  30. ^ Glover, Ben (29 February 2012). "Mark Geyer says Penrith star Michael Gordon is the next Billy Slater and should play fullback for the Panthers". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  31. ^ Logue, Matt (8 September 2016). "Mark Geyer calls on Penrith fans to show their passion and turn up for the NRL elimination final". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
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  34. ^ "Jon Bon Jovi named Melbourne Heart's No.1 international ticket holder". Fox Sports. 24 July 2010. 
  35. ^ http://www.ccmariners.com.au/article/julie-goodwin-unveiled-as-mariners-number-1-ticket-holder/15j7qd78yon3o153j1i4xfjuul
  36. ^ "Brand New Queensland Firebirds". Australian Netball. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2016.