Here's another feature on the piss soaked urban blight that is the Balmain Leagues Club
I think Balmain Leagues Club is a classic example of how the concept of secrecy at all costs in the urban exploration scene has outgrown its purpose.
Don't get me wrong, there are definitely sensitive locations where that idea of secrecy most definitely applies. I have many collections from places that have never seen the light of day for this very reason. But Balmain Leagues Club is as far as you can get from being one of them.
The site is beyond saving. It is an icon of developer greed gone wrong, and if the building somehow caught on fire, it would probably make it better.
It has no heritage value. It has no important architectural features and more than any other thing, the building is completely ruined, rotten and vandalised to the core.
It's clear Wests Tigers are no closer to sorting out their own on-field woes let alone the leagues club.
Interesting to hear that Rozelle Village has a security guard doing four rounds a day. Maybe he is doing the rounds at the wrong building.
Eerie photographs show how the Balmain Leagues Club has deteriorated in the seven years since it was sold for just $1.
The walls in Sydney's inner west have been covered top to bottom in graffiti, cords hang tangled from the ceiling, and furnishings are smashed and sprawled across the dilapidated site that squatters took over in 2010.
A series of images by photographer Brett Patman, who captures abandoned and ‘forgotten environments’ for his project Lost Collective, show how far the club’s residence has plummeted as fans remember their golden age and the memorable 1989 grand final against the Canberra Raiders.
To read the article in Daily Mail, click here.The Daily Mail