The Brisbane Bullets are set to return to the NBL for the 2016/2017 season and their resurrection got us thinking about some of the other great defunct clubs in Australian sport.
The Australian sporting graveyard is packed full of failed clubs with excellent names and jerseys, so it was very tough to come up with the top ten teams that we would like to see back in action.
Have we missed any? Let us know what clubs you would like to see return to the top flight of Australian sport!
Competition: Super League & NRL
Booted Out: 1998
Star Players: Kerrod Walters, Luke Williamson, Kevin Campion, David Kidwell
Greatest Moment: The Adelaide Rams did not have a great deal of success in their two seasons, but they managed to avoid the wooden spoon in both seasons; finishing above the North Queensland Cowboys in Super League in 1997 before the beat South Sydney, the Gold Coast and Wests in the 1998 NRL season.
Why They Should Come Back: How good were their jerseys for starters! The Rams struggled for crowd numbers during their initial stint in the NRL, but Adelaide-based fans would turn up in droves if they played their home games at the Adelaide Oval.
South Queensland Crushers
Booted Out: 1997
Star Players: Mario Fenech, Trevor Gillmeister, Chris McKenna, Travis Norton, Dale Shearer, Scott Sattler, Clinton Schifcofske, Mark Tookey
Greatest Moment: The South Queensland Crushers saved their greatest moment until last when they beat Wests in their final ever game in front of a packed house at the old Lang Park.
Why They Should Come Back: Why should the Broncos get to dominate Brisbane? Bring back the Crushers and those ripping gold jerseys.
South East Melbourne Magic
Booted Out: 1998
Star Players: Robert Rose, Bruce Bolden, Sam Mackinnon, Chris Anstey
Greatest Moment: The South East Melbourne Magic are easily the most successful franchise on this list and they won the NBL Championship in 1992 and 1996.
Why They Should Come Back: South East Melbourne Magic may be the coolest team name in the history of Australian sport and we believe that bringing back the Magic will single-handily save the NBL.
Booted Out: 2003
Star Players: Phil Smyth, C.J. Bruton, Dave Nelson, Robert Rose, Magic Johnson
Greatest Moment: The Canberra Cannons won the NBL Championship in 1983, 1984 and 1988, but their crowning moment came when they were represented by Magic Johnson in an exhibition game in the United States.
Why They Should Come Back: Because we want to see Magic Johnson in the NBL!
North Queensland Fury
Booted Out: 2011
Star Players: Robbie Fowler
Greatest Moment: The day that they signed Robbie Fowler.
Why They Should Come Back: Did we mention Robbie Fowler?
Competition: Mercentile Mutual Cup
Booted Out: 2000
Star Players: Mark Higgs, Merv Hughes, Mike Veletta, Brad Haddin
Greatest Moment: The Comets achieved very little before they were booted, but they did manage to produce future Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin and they extended the career of the great Merv Hughes.
Why They Should Come Back: The Comets added a bit of colour to Australian Cricket and while we are at it can we bring back money for catching the ball in the crowd and those cool signs that the players could hit?
Gold Coast United
Booted Out: 2012
Star Players: Shane Smeltz, Charlie Miller, Jason Culina, Clive Palmer, Bruce Djite
Greatest Moment: Gold Coast United beat EPL side Fulham in an exhibition game before their maiden A-League fixture, but were never able to repeat that success in the A-League.
Why They Should Come Back: You can’t deny that Clive Palmer and his weird decision making added a bunch of intrigue to the A-League and the 12 Gold Coast fans never missed out on an opportunity to get into a blue.
Competition: Commonwealth Bank Trophy
Booted Out: 2007
Star Players: Jaine Ilitch, Shae Bolton, Bianca Giteau, Ashlee Howard, Rebecca Bulley
Greatest Moment: The Melbourne Kestrels were just one game away from the Commonwealth Bank Trophy Grand Final in their final season before merging with the Melbourne Phoenix.
Why They Should Come Back: The Melbourne Kestrels is a far cooler name than the Melbourne Vixens – which sounds like a lingerie football team.
Competition: ARL & Super League
Booted Out: 1997
Star Players: Mark Geyer, Matt Geyer, Robbie Kearns, Rodney Howe, Julian O’Neill,
Greatest Moment: The Western Reds were the only one of the four expansion teams to win their opening game when they entered the then ARL in 1995.
Why They Should Come Back: Perth needs a rugby league team. The Western Reds drew good crowds throughout their two seasons in the competition and if it was not for the Super League war they would likely still a part of the NRL.