The Doc passes away at the age of 92

FORMER Manchester United, Chelsea and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty, who twice brought teams to Perth, died on New Year's Eve at the age of 92 following a long illness.more

RIP Eddie Evans, one of WA's great whistlers

EDDIE Evans, one of Western Australia's most decorated and highly respected referees, has died after a long illness. He had just celebrated his 85th birthday on December 7.more

WA's rich football history has a silver lining

SEVENTY YEARS AGO...How about this for a stunning array of magnificent silver trophies. Pictured is the line-up of awards that were about to be handed out at the Western Australian Soccer Football Association Presentation Night, held at the Leederville Town Hall in October 1950.more

When the Glory came of age...and that Kiss

REMEMBER WHEN...It's 21 years since Perth Glory came of age by making their first impact on the Ericsson Cup (National Soccer League) play-offs - and enticing record crowds to the WACA Ground in May, 1999.more

Centenary Celebrations Double Down Under

By Richard Kreider
FORTY YEARS AGO...Australian football recognised its 100th anniversary of operation in 1980 by facing Northern Ireland in three friendly matches - and the Irish were, themselves, savouring their own Centenary.more

Join the Football Hall of Fame WA mailing list

The Football Hall of Fame Western Australia is updating its mailing list and invites you to provide us your current contact details.more

Celebrating the Glory's historic breakthrough

ANNIVERSARY TIME...It is 20 years since Perth Glory made football history by winning the National Soccer League Minor Premiership for the first time in the 1999-2000 season - after only four years in existence.more

Kangaroos take a mighty leap into Asia (Part Two)

IN THE continuation of our celebration of 60 years of professional football in Western Australia, we keep the focus on the ground-breaking exploits of Perth Kangaroos. Here's PART TWO of the bold adventure that changed the face of the game in the West - at a cost to some - but paved the way for an even bigger NSL adventure...more

Memories of a Case to treasure...

REMEMBER WHEN...Football Hall of Fame inductee Bob Brown passed on this autographed picture of Liverpool great Jimmy Case and the also great David Brand posing in Bob's equally great football shop, Sports Forum, in 1993. It was, incidentally, the only football store in WA for many years.more

RIP Nobby Stiles, a Red Devils icon

WORLD Cup-winning England midfielder Nobby Stiles, who visited Perth in 1967 with Manchester United, has died aged 78 after a long illness.more

WA's great Asian adventure (Part One)

IN OUR celebration of 60 years of professional football in Western Australia, it's time to turn the focus on the ground-breaking Perth Kangaroos. Here's Part One of the bold adventure that was costly for some but ultimately changed the face of the game in the West...more

Old Boy Gareth Naven now Head Man at Bayswater

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA inductee Gareth Naven has been appointed as the new Head Coach of top NPLWA club Bayswater City.more

Glory toss Coyne into the coaching mix

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA inductee Chris Coyne has joined Perth Glory as the club's Under-20s Head Coach.more

Julian Burt delighted to continue as Patron

The Football Hall of Fame Western Australia is please to announce that Julian Burt JP will continue in his role as Patron.more

Another tasty title for the Great Mac

CONGRATULATIONS to Olympic Kingsway on winning the State League first division championship - and congratulations also to the great Willie McNally, the club's goalkeeper coach.more

A Salute to the Greats of the West...

FROM THE VAULTS...In this 60th year since the introduction of semi-pro football in WA, here's a timely reminder of some of the greats who have graced the game in the West (and nationally and internationally) - and who have also been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA.more

Keeping North Perth up there with the best

NORTH PERTH were one of WA's powerhouse clubs during a trophy-laden period from the 1920s to the 1960s. And now North Perth United are keeping the name to the forefront in Western Australia, albeit it at an amateur level.more

Garcia goes from history-maker to top Glory

WA FOOTBALL history-maker Richard Garcia has been appointed as Perth Glory's new Head Coach for the next two seasons. He takes over from Tony Popovic, who recently quit the club to take up a coaching post in Greece.more

Elizabeth Re is the new President

THE FOOTBALL Hall of Fame Western Australia Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Re as the new President of the not-for-profit organisation. She replaces Louis Prospero JP, who held the position for 18 years.more

Collette's glorious beginning...

FROM THE VAULTS...The West Australian newspaper published what has become an historic photo on January 7, 1997, featuring Perth Glory players Dale Wingell and Vladimir Beretovac and three youngsters who were attending a Glory training camp for schoolchildren at Sacred Heart College in Sorrento.more

Who would want to be a referee?

WHEN football moved from strictly amateur to semi-professional in 1960, the demands on referees also changed. Pre-1960 it wasn't unusual to see a club official in charge in the middle, or on the line - but now a high degree of professionalism is required among whistle blowers.more

Derek whistles up a piece of WA history

FORMER WA State youth team player and referee, Derek Minett, has made a valuable contribution to the Football Hall of Fame WA's request for memorabilia that, it is hoped, will one day be displayed at a Football Museum.more

Bob Brown celebrates a magnificent milestone

WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S football family would like to pass on many congratulations to Football Hall of Fame WA inductee Bob Brown, who will celebrate the magnificent milestone of his 90th birthday on August 9.more

WA's big hand in the foundation of football

FROM THE VAULTS...There is a West Australian link to the foundation of the English Football Association. Perth-born Frederick Henry Moore was among those who gathered at the Freemasons' Tavern near Covent Garden in London in 1863 to agree on a set of rules for football, effectively giving birth to the game as we know it after years of disputes on how it should be played.more

From old to young, when Perth Italia ruled

REMEMBER WHEN...IT'S 30 years since Perth Italia achieved an incredible catalogue of thrilling successes through all age groups, with the club boasting a line-up of some of the best coaches in WA.more

Death of England legend Jack Charlton

ENGLAND World Cup legend Jack Charlton, who visited WA in 1975 as a manager when he brought his Middlesbrough side to Perth to play the State team, has died. He was 85.more

Bob helps safeguard memorabilia collection

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA inductee Bob Brown has made a valuable contribution in the quest to safeguard many items of memorabilia that play a huge part in the near-120 year history of the game in this State.more

Barry's bonanza boosts future Museum stock

BARRY Harwood, one of Western Australia's - and Australia's - most decorated referees, has responded to the Football Hall of Fame WA's request for memorabilia by donating a treasured collection of seven boxes, which includes a FIFA Blazer.more

Bridging a 30-year FIFA World Cup gap

WHEN the Women's World Cup is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2023 it will be the first FIFA world championship to be staged Down Under in 30 years.more

Floreat Athena's year of Super domination

REMEMBER WHEN...FLOREAT Athena became the first team to win the new Super League championship in 1988 - and they made it an extra special celebration in what was the "Bicentennial Year of Australia" by claiming the top scorer award (Paul Wormley), the Rothmans Gold Medal (Jeff Curran), the D'Orsogna Cup and the Top Four crown.more

RIP WA goalkeeping great Tony Witschge

ONE OF Western Australia's goalkeeping greats, Tony Witschge, has died. He was reported to have suffered a massive heart attack on Saturday, June 20. He was 64 years of age.more

Goodbye and good luck to Barry Harwood

ONE OF WA's greatest and most decorated referees, Football Hall of Fame inductee Barry Harwood, is leaving Perth next month to live overseas.more

Football gets a new headquarters in WA

FOOTBALL in Western Australia is celebrating following the announcement from Premier Mark McGowan that the State Government has pledged the $16.25 million balance to build a State Football Centre at Queens Park, in the City of Canning.more

Death of a Manchester United great

TONY DUNNE, who played in the great Manchester United team that beat WA 7-0 at the WACA Ground in 1967, has died. He was 78.more

A star-studded State female line-up

FIVE Football Hall of Fame WA inductees, including Hall of Legends member Sandra Brentnall, have been named in the Football West Gold Fields State Senior Women's Dream Team.more

Football West honours Peter Dimopoulos

FORMER Football Hall of Fame WA Committee member Peter Dimopoulos has been honoured by ruling body Football West as the coach of the Gold Fields Senior Women's State Dream Team.more

A State Junior Team to dream about...

FOOTBALL West has revealed its Gold Fields State Junior Boys Dream Team - and what a line-up it is, underlining the huge wealth of talent that has come through the WA football ranks at junior level over the past century.more

WA's own Super Mac - the Octopus Man

FROM THE HALL OF FAME VAULT: The great John McInroy, who was recently named in Football West's State Dream Team honouring the Best of the Best over 118 years of WA football, should have been called the "Octopus Man".more

A World Cup exhibition to remember

FROM THE HALL OF FAME VAULT: It is 10 years since the Football Hall of Fame WA staged what was Western Australia's first World Cup exhibition at the Perth Town Hall, in May 2010.more

Football West unveils the State Dream Team

FOOTBALL West has named its Gold Fields WA State Senior Men's Dream Team - and it is a line-up of some very special talent, including two former Australian team captains.more

When the Seagulls scooped up some tasty pickings

THIS YEAR is the 21st anniversary of Sorrento coming of age in WA football. And they did it in sensational style, ending their first-class senior title drought with a hat-trick of trophiesmore

Tom donates a piece of WA football history

FORMER WA State team star Tom Carruthers has made a valuable donation to the Football Hall of Fame WA - the State team shirt he wore 50 years ago in the international challenge game against English giants Manchester City in front of 12,000 spectators at Perry Lakes Stadium in May, 1970.more

WA quartet led the way in Aussie Hall of Fame

IT IS 21 years since the inaugural Australian Soccer Hall of Fame ceremony took place at the Sydney Wentworth Hotel - and four West Australian were among those honoured on the night.more

Hail to the young kings of Olympic

KINGSWAY Olympic, aka The Green Machine, produced two of the great young goalscorers of the 1990s - Scott Racey and Gary Lees - but sadly neither got the chance to fully fulfil their vast potential.more

When the great Tom Finney saluted WA's greatest

THERE is a wonderful link between the Football Hall of Fame WA and England legend Tom Finney, who was once described as the greatest footballer of all time.more

Our Super State Men's Team (1902-2020)

THE CLOSEST thing to trial by hanging in football is to be a part of a committee assigned to select a ‘best-of’ team, particularly when emotion and personal opinion play a huge part in our great game.more

WA's women players set a high standard

By Penny TannerHoath
WESTERN Australia has produced many fine - and influential - women players for both the State team and Australia from the early 1970s up to the present day.more

The stars come out for a dream 1991-2019 era

By Brett Klucznik
THE FOOTBALL Hall of Fame's third State Dream Team selection spans 1991-2019, a period of varying activity for Western Australia’s senior men’s team.more

Legendary McInroy tops the 1961-1990 era

WHEN given the enormous task of compiling a Dream Team from over a century of contenders one name jumps out - John McInroy, the little Scotsman who re-wrote Western Australian football history with a string of stunning goalscoring feats in the 1960s.more

WA's Best Of The Best: 1902 - 1960

By Richard Kreider
WHEN Football West contacted the Football Hall of Fame to unearth our finest footballers to have represented the State over a 118-year period, I felt it could be a task that would produce more of a controversial outcome than that of congratulatory.more

A guide to deciding on the ultimate star line-up

HOW hard is it to name a Dream Team that covers 118 years? Three or four teams are possible, maybe - but one? There have been so many quality players to have graced WA football in over a century that cutting it down to eleven players is a near impossible task - and one which will doubtless generate much healthy debate and criticism.more

The Cup that cheers - and surprises

SWAN Italian Club, regarded as one of the minnows of the WA State League since going from the amateur to professional ranks in 1986, can at least claim a slice of football history.more

A chance to pick your Dream Teams

FOOTBALL West and partner Gold Fields are putting together the ultimate State Dream Teams – and want the Western Australian football public to help pick them.more

Vale Peter Bonetti, the Cat who got the cream

FORMER Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti, who played twice in WA against the State team, has died at the age of 78 after losing a long-running battle with Alzheimers disease on Easter Sunday.more

Book Review: Were You Any Good Sir?

By Richard Kreider
VERY few of our senior Western Australian football fans will not know Doug Stewart. This humble Burmese-born champion has experienced more than most – yet more importantly, has given back to the game more than most.more

WA's Asian joy after Cardiff woe

THE WA State team's embarrassment at receiving a 6-1 thumping by Cardiff City at Perry Lakes Stadium in July, 1968, proved the perfect wake-up call that led to one of the representative side's most impressive forays into Asia.more

Sweet memories of that winning feeling

IT IS difficult to beat the elation of a winning feeling. There have been many in the past 60 years since Western Australia embraced semi-professional football in 1960. Here are some of the more recent examples...more

Joondalup Jacks jump out of the box

ONE OF the great success stories in Western Australian football since the introduction of the play-for-pay structure in 1960 has been the evolution of ECU Joondalup.more

Bayswater City among the elite champions

BAYSWATER City joined the elite list of teams to have won senior Western Australian league championships with unbeaten records when they scooped the NPLWA crown in 2015.more

When the Stan and Bobby show hit the big stage

IT'S 25 years since local heroes Stan Lazaridis and Bobby Despotovski powerfully announced their arrival on the big stage by helping the WA State team achieve two astonishing victories over top class English visitors West Ham United and Nottingham Forest.more

Anniversary time for Big John and Athena

THIS YEAR is the 30th anniversary of a stunning triple achievement by Floreat Athena striker John Hunter, one of Western Australian football's great goalscorersmore

The day WA young guns blasted Euro champs

STATE team coach Gary Marocchi must have been peering deeply into his crystal ball when he tipped big futures for four WA youngsters a few weeks before they encountered European hot-shots Werder Bremen in an international challenge for the Friendship Cup at the WACA Ground in June, 1992.more

Bayswater Inter - The West's Super Invincibles

SINCE the introduction of semi-professional football in WA in 1960 only one senior team has so far succeeded in winning every one of its league fixtures - Bayswater Inter.more

When unbeaten Azzurri scooped a big reward

THERE have been only seven occasions that a team has gone through a home-and-away league season unbeaten since semi-pro football was introduced into Western Australia in July, 1960.more

Football West enlist Glory legend Gareth Naven

FOOTBALL West have announced that Football Hall of Fame WA inductee and former Perth Glory captain Gareth Naven has been appointed as a Youth Development Officer.more

WA's Eightsome Reel in Singapore

IT IS 50 YEARS since the WA State team achieved its biggest overseas victory over an international opponent - a stunning 8-1 triumph over the Singapore national team in Singapore on August 17, 1970.more

Memorable State Team Moments...

THE 12-month period between April, 1975 and April, 1976, is arguably the most successful spell enjoyed by the WA State team at representative level since the sport adopted semi-professionalism in 1960. Here's why...more

Two thrilling finales to the D'Orsogna Cup

THE last two years of the D'Orsogna Cup (1994, 1995) provided two thrilling finals - and stunning triumphs for Spearwood Dalmatinac as they grabbed the accolade of the third most successful team in WA's premier knockout competition with five victories in a remarkable 13-year period.more

A salute to the D'Orsogna Cup hat-trick men

THERE have been eight hat-tricks of goals in the 35-year history of the finals of WA's one-time premier knockout competition, the D'Orsogna Cup - but probably none more remarkable than that achieved by Steve Duckworth in 1990.more

D'Orsogna Cup: A history of champions

AS PART of the continuing celebration of the 60th anniversary of the introduction of semi-professional football in Western Australia in 1960, the State's leading football historian RICHARD KREIDER looks back at the history of the one-time premier knockout competition, the D'Orsogna Cup.more

Remember When...WA so close to huge upsets

THE WA State team has enjoyed much success since semi-pro football changed the face of the game in 1960...but two of the most memorable efforts against international opponents ended up in losses for the locals. And both, coincidentally, were against Italian visitors - AS Roma and AC Milan.more

RIP Ron Moss, a great South West servant

RON MOSS, one of the South West's most influential and hard-working football identities, died on January 28. He was just a few weeks short of his 84th birthday.more


THERE have been many Memorable Moments throughout the 60 years since semi-pro football was introduced to Western Australia in an historic move led by eight progressive clubs in July, 1960. Here are some of them...more

When the great Bobby Charlton came to Perth...

CONTINUING our series celebrating the 60th anniversary of semi-pro football in WA...IT WILL be 40 years come February 10 since the great Bobby Charlton lit up the Solahart 1980 Night Series by turning out as a guest player with Perth Azzurri.more

From autocracy to new football officialdom

By Richard Kreider
FOLLOWING on from the recent article regarding the 60th anniversary of organised semi-professional football in WA, I’d like to add a timeframe of names and events - for the record.more

Remember When...A Tricolore Treble

TO CELEBRATE the 60th anniversary of the introduction of semi-pro football in WA we kick off our series highlighting some of the most notable achievements (by teams and individuals) in those six decades by paying tribute to East Fremantle Tricolore, the first team to win three successive league titles.more

More referees wanted for 2020

THE World Game in WA is growing at a fast pace year on year. With this expansion Football West are seeking to increase their Referee numbers for 2020 to service the growing number of games, at all levels of football in WAmore

Sixty years since WA football changed

THIS year (2020) is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of professional football in Western Australia - a move which totally changed the face of the game in WA.more

RIP Duncan Mackay, a great Azzurri coach

DUNCAN Mackay, who was Perth Azzurri's most successful coach in the 1970s, a former captain of Scottish giants Celtic and a Scotland international, has died at the age of 82.more

Football West go for a Glorious trio

THREE former Perth Glory identities will spearhead a Football West committee that will look into the planning and development of the sport in Western Australia,more

Anniversary of Dalmatinac's big breakthrough

IT IS 40 years since Spearwood Dalmatinac won their first State League championship - sparking a decade in which the club dominated the local scene.more

A salute to Con Purser, our Olympic trail-blazer

WITH AUSTRALIA'S bid to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games football tournament in Japan on the line when they take part in the Asia Under-23 championship in Thailand in January, it's time to remember WA's first Olympic footballer - Collie-born Con Purser.more

When our amateurs ruled Australia

By Richard Kreider
FORTY years ago (1979) Western Australia celebrated its 150th Year Anniversary - and befitting the occasion was the State Amateur team winning the National Amateur Championships at Wotton Reserve, the home of Morley Windmills.more

Remembering WA's amateur past...

DURING a recent memorabilia collating exercise, a large honour board was unearthed containing committee member names for the defunct Western Australian Amateur and Social Soccer Association (WAASSA) from 1988 to 2004.more

When Eddie met an old friend...

WA'S most celebrated referee, Eddie Lennie, caught up with the world's most decorated - and recognisable - whistler, Pierluigi Collina, in Kuala Lumpur last week.more

Brett Klucznik joins the Hall of Fame Committee

HIGHLY-RESPECTED WA football historian, website editor/reporter and photographer Brett Klucznik has joined the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA.more

Pim Verbeek helped WA make World Cup history

PIM Verbeek, the Dutch-born coach who led Australia to the World Cup finals in South Africa in 2010, will always have a special place in the history of football in Western Australia.more

Thanks for the marvelous memories, Peter

THE Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA has stepped up its search for memorabilia that could one day be put on display to reflect the 120 year-plus history of the game in Western Australia.more

Our salute to the three history-makers

THREE of the history-makers of Western Australian football were honoured at a special Football Hall of Fame WA function at Dorrien Gardens on November 15.more

Back to the future with the Black Swan

THE FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA has a new logo. It is made up of a black swan (the WA State bird symbol), an old football (with lacings) and a laurel wreath (to symbolise triumph, excellence, honour and peace).more

Coaching supremo Normo is not done yet!

SUPER coach Graham Normanton turned 60 last week - but he is anxious to remind everyone that there is still plenty of life left in the "old dog.more

A chance to own some football history

SOME OF Western Australia's most important football history will be on display at a special function to launch the new-look Football Hall of Fame WA at Dorrien Gardens on Friday, November 15.more

Inductees can see Perth Glory in action

THANKS to Perth Glory, Football Hall of Fame WA inductees have the chance to see WA's only A-League team in action at HBF Park this season.more

It's anniversary time for Eddie Lennie

IT IS 21 years since Edward McGregor Lennie OAM JP, to give him his full name and titles, made history by becoming the first referee from Western Australia to officiate at the FIFA World Cup finals.more

WA's first team of football champions

By Richard Kreider
IT WAS 110 years ago that a Western Australian senior State squad ventured into the unknown - and stunned their opponents on the east coast of Australia.more

Football Hall of Fame WA to get a new look

THE Football Hall of Fame WA will unveil a New Logo...launch a new Association...and make presentations to three of the record-achieving Greats of the Game at a special function at Dorrien Gardens on November 15.more

Praise and award for Julius Re the visionary

FORMER WA Soccer Federation President and Secretary Julius Re, who has served football in Western Australia for the past seven decades, received the Football West Life Member Award at a ceremony at Optus Stadium on October 12.more

Steve Stacey and The Colour of Football

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA inductee Steve Stacey has featured in a BBC report as he tours Britain in September and October to promote his autobiography, The Colour of Football.more

Greats gather to toast octogenarian Alan Vest

MANY of the greats of WA football got together to pay tribute to legendary coach Alan Vest on the occasion of his 80th birthday on September 5.more

Aussie honours for WA's Dylan and Collette

TWO West Australians, Football Hall of Fame WA inductee Dylan Tombides and former Matildas star Collette McCallum, have had national awards named after them.more

RIP Barrie Greenwood, a man of so many parts

BARRIE Greenwood, former WA State team manager, referee, author and TV and radio commentator, died on August 13 after a lengthy illness. He was 84.more

Bob's birthday bash with a difference

DOUBLE congratulations are due to Football Hall of Fame WA inductee Bob Brown.more

Honouring Five-plus-Five of the WA greats

FIVE of the WA team that faced Manchester United in a memorable international challenge contest in 1967 were the guests of the Football Hall of Fame WA at a special celebration at the Red Devils clash with Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on July 13.more

Old WA stars set to see the new Devils

MANY of the State team players who faced Manchester United in challenge games in WA in 1967 and 1975 will get the chance to see the new Red Devils in action against Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on July 13.more

Farewell to Andy Clues, coach and author

ANDY CLUES, one of the most colourful characters of West Australian football, has died. He passed away on June 28 at the age of 87.more

Vale Derek Combe, inspirational Dalies captain

FORMER Spearwood Dalmatinac captain Derek Combe has died. He passed away on June 8 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 57.more

Williams brothers poised for a touch of WA history

BROTHERS Rhys and Ryan Williams will make history if they both play for Australia in the friendly international against South Korea in Busan on June 7.more

Record crowd consolation for Perth Glory

PERTH Glory can take solace from their penalty shoot-out A-League Grand Final loss to Sydney FC by claiming a record that could stand for some considerable time.more

WA's Lisa on target to upstage Tim Cahill

WA STAR Lisa De Vanna is poised to become Australian football's greatest goalscorer, male or female, at international level.more

Hall of Fame Committee welcomes valuable Penny

FORMER WA State women's team captain Penny TannerHoath is the latest high-profile recruit to join the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA.more

Kerr, De Vanna on the cusp of football history

WA STARS Sam Kerr and Lisa De Vanna are poised to make some personal history when they represent the Matildas in the FIFA Women's World Cup in France in June.more

National Hall of Fame salutes four newcomers

MATILDAS star Leigh Wardell, Socceroos great Harry Kewell, former NSL Championship winning coach Branko Culina and former FFA Chairman Sir Frank Lowy are the latest inductees into the Football Federation Australia (FFA) Hall of Fame.more

A piece of WA football memorabilia to cherish

BOB BROWN, a Football Hall of Fame WA inductee, is the custodian of several precious pieces of WA football memorabilia, including a one-off Pennant that commemorates the State team's historic clash with Italian giants AS Roma 53 years ago.more

Roma Cup keeps alive thrilling day for WA State team

SEVERAL of the players, plus officials, who were involved in the WA State team's memorable clash with Italian giants AS Roma 53 years ago, have been invited to a special celebration at Ascot racecourse on May 18.more

Miller clan mourns the death of Tommy

TOMMY Miller, one of the famous Miller brothers who made a big impact on WA football in the 1960s and 1970s, has died.more

Sherif is the new Chairman of governing body

SHERIF ANDRAWES is the new Chairman of Football West. He replaces Liam Twigger, who retired last week after serving ten years on the Board, including six as Chairman.more

Football West honours pioneer work of Julius Re

JULIUS RE, one of the most influential pioneers for change in WA football in the 1960s, has been elected as a Life Member of Football West.more

Vale Giuliano Cantoni, one of Bunbury's best

GIULIANO Cantoni, one of WA football's great multi-taskers and a popular choice when he was inducted into the Hall of Recognition in 2012, has died. He passed away on Sunday, March 3.more

RIP Gordon Banks, a true great of the game

ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who thrilled WA fans when playing in Perth in 1973, has died. He passed away on February 12 at the age of 81 following a battle with cancer.more

Farewell Eddy, one of WA's most loveable characters

ONE of the great characters of WA football, Eddy Czekalowski, has passed away. He died on December 27 at the age of 80.more

Top referee whistling up a recruitment campaign

FOOTBALL West has launched its referees recruitment campaign for 2019 with a slick promotional video inviting football lovers to “Come On – Give It A Go”.more

Sam Kerr goes from grinning youngster to global superstar

WHO would have thought 11 years ago that the girl with the cheeky smile, pictured second from the left on the front row of the Under-15 State girls team, would one day be amongst the world's best.more

RIP Frank Smerilli, a stunning striker

IT IS with much sadness that the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA passes on its condolences to the family of former West Australian State team and Spearwood Dalmatinac striker Frank Smerilli, who died on November 24 at the age of 63.more

Sainsbury takes over from a WA Football Legend

TRENT Sainsbury has replaced Football Hall of Fame Legend Gary Marocchi as the WA-born player who has captained the Australian international team on the most occasions.more

A Devil of a record in the offing at Optus Stadium

WHEN Manchester United visited WA for the first time on June 27, 1967 their clash with the State team attracted what was then a record football crowd of 20,600 at the WACA Ground.more

WA football devastated by 'war to end all wars'

THE 100th anniversary of the end of World War One (1914-18) will provoke poignant memories for one WA football club in particular. Caledonians, founded by the Fremantle Caledonian Society in 1913, was devastated by the "war to end all wars" when eight of its first team players were killed in the tragic events in Europemore

Death of a Chelsea legend who wooed the WACA

KEN SHELLITO, a classy right back who played for Chelsea against the WA State team in an international challenge contest at the WACA Ground in 1965, has died at the age of 78 at his home in Malaysia.more

A slice of WA football history is re-discovered

THE DISCOVERY of an old Annual Report of the Junior Soccer Association of Western Australia has led to another discovery...that of three WA youngsters making history in the first FIFA Under-16 World Cup finals.more

The Ager Cup - up there with the best

ONE of WA football's least-known trophies, the Ager Cup, is sharing pride of place with some of WA sport's best-known awards in the lavish memorabilia display at the new Optus Stadium.more

Welcome to Alex Vagliviello

FORMER Perth Azzurri player, State junior representative and leading amateur administrator Alex Vagliviello has been appointed a Committee member of the Football Hall of Fame WA.more

WA State trio treading in famous footsteps

THREE sons of three famous fathers made history when turning out for the WA State team in a challenge game against A-League side Perth Glory, who won 5-2 on a wet and wild night at the Plasterboard Centre Stadium in Inglewood on August 1.more

Re-writing the football record books

THE 55,522 hardy souls who braved driving rain and wind to watch English superteam Chelsea beat Perth Glory 1-0 at Optus Stadium on July 23 constituted a record attendance for a football match in WA.more

Triple taste of history at Optus Stadium

THERE is multi-sporting history galore on display in Perth's new Optus Stadium - but no item arguably more significant than the photograph of the WA State football team line-up of 1955.more

Hall of Famers included as Knights heroes

WESTERN Knights recently celebrated the club's 50th anniversary by announcing their Team of the Half Century - and it included Football Hall of Fame Legend Robbie Dunn.more

Date with Chelsea for WA stars of yesteryear

WA STATE team stars of yesteryear will be feted by the State Government at a special function before Perth Glory's blockbuster international challenge against English superteam Chelsea at Optus Stadium on July 23.more

Bernd is back in the coaching firing line

PERTH Glory's favourite son, Bernd Stange, is literally back in the firing line as a coach - this time with the Syrian national team.more

Elizabeth Re continues family link to the Hall of Fame

ELIZABETH Re, the daughter of former Soccer Federation of WA president Julius Re, has been recruited as a Committee member of the Football Hall of Fame WA.more

WA launched Wilkins on the world stage

RAY 'Butch' Wilkins, who burst on to the world stage as a bustling teenage midfielder the last time Chelsea were in Perth in 1974, has died at the age of 61.more

Perth SC celebrates 70 glorious years

PERTH Soccer Club marked its 70th anniversary with an impressive celebration involving great players of the past and present and a stunning display of memorabilia at Dorrien Gardens on March 16.more

Legends on display at Optus Stadium

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA Legends Gary Marocchi and Sandra Brentnall were amongst those feted by the State Government at the official opening of the Sports Memorabilia section of Optus Stadium on March 15.more

The Legendary Ron still has it at 87!

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA Legend Ron Adair has proved that he can still pull on a pair of football boots and strutt his stuff - even at the grand old age of 87!more

Vale Harry Croft, a powerhouse of the junior set-up

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA inductee Harry Croft, who was President of the WA Junior Soccer Association for over 20 years, died on January 23 at the age of 91.more

RIP John Birighitti, a coach to be admired

JOHN Birighitti, who coached Bobby Charlton when the Manchester United star was a guest player with Perth Azzurri in 1980, has died. He passed away at the age of 76 on January 20 following a courageous battle with cancer.more

Fans helped WA make headlines at Old Trafford

SEVERAL members of the Manchester United Supporters Club of Western Australia took part in the Football Hall of Fame's 21st birthday celebrations on December 12.more

Great memories at Hall of Fame birthday celebrations

THE Football Hall of Fame WA marked its 21st birthday on December 12 with a celebratory dinner attended by a gathering of some of the State's greatest players, who also enjoyed a wonderful stroll down memory lane with a former Manchester United star.more

Vaughan steals Prospero's thunder!

ALTHOUGH Football Hall of Fame chairman Louis Prospero scored the goal of the match, he was upstaged by former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan who showed he still possesses a keen competitive edge when he led Western Australia's old rivals to victory in the traditional Football Ashes contest at Dorrien Gardens on December 12.more

Hall of Fame's 21 years of great achievement

THE FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA will celebrate its 21st birthday at a special anniversary function to be held at Dorrien Gardens on Tuesday, December 12.more

RIP Kevin Correia, a terrific striker

FORMER WA State team and Fremantle City striker Kevin Correia has died. He passed away on November 15 at the age of 38.more

The Ashes football battle is on again

By Richard Kreider
THE Football Hall of Fame WA is once again delighted to catch up with our good friends the England Ashes cricket media in a social football game at Dorrien Gardens on December 12.more

United star will join in Hall of Fame festivities

FORMER Manchester United and Scotland left back Francis Burns will be a Special Guest at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 21st birthday festivities at Dorrien Gardens on December 12.more

The day the State team had a Devil of a time

WHEN did the West Australian State team become Manchester United? The answer is on August 15, 1967, in front of 18,000 people at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.more

Football family wishes Roy a speedy recovery

ONE of WA's great referees, Roy Stedman, made world headlines 50 years ago when he sent off the legendary Denis Law in Manchester United's international challenge against the WA State team at the WACA Ground on June 27, 1967.more

When WA made history in the Merdeka Cup

IT'S 50 years since the West Australian State team made history by becoming the first Australian representative side to take part in a tournament in Asia.more

Williams returns to join in the celebrations

FORMER State team coach Eric Williams, who has just returned to Australia after 15 years coaching in South-East Asia, will be a special guest at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 21st birthday celebrations at Dorrien Gardens on December 12.more

Preserving the Devils historic trip to WA

A RARE Pennant that was presented to the WA State team by Manchester United during the English club's Australian tour 50 years ago has been discovered.more

Our tribute to Bobby Charlton at 80

SIR BOBBY Charlton celebrated his 80th birthday on October 11. He is arguably Manchester United and England's greatest player - but he also has a special place in the hearts of football fans in Western Australia.more

Happy 21st for the WA State team 'millionaires'

IT'S 21 years since the WA State team, captained by former Socceroo goalkeeper and Football Hall of Fame Legend Robbie Zabica, performed for an audience of approximately 60 million.more

Honours for Football West Life Members

SEVERAL Football Hall of Fame WA inductees were amongst those who had their contributions to the game formally recognised by Football West at a ceremony on August 2.more

Farewell Les Murray - humble, gentle, funny, icon...

AUSTRALIAN football broadcasting icon Les Murray, who was a Special Guest Speaker at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th anniversary last November, has died. He passed away on July 31 at the age of 71.more

New Perth Stadium will honour football's history

THE history of Western Australian football, which is over 120 years old, won't be overlooked when the new Perth Stadium is up and running in early 2018.more

RIP Peter Giorgi, a true blue Azzurri

FORMER State team player and Perth Azzurri stalwart Peter Giorgi has died. He passed away on June 22 and was buried a week later on what would have been his 71st birthday.more

Rockingham set a Champion example

TAKE a bow Rockingham City! The WA State League club has made history by celebrating the considerable achievements of many of its former players and coaches...and in doing so has set an example that other WA clubs might follow.more

Glory members salute the Hall of Fame inductees

FIVE members of the Football Hall of Fame WA have been included in Perth Glory's Ultimate X1 to celebrate the club's 20th anniversary.more

Volunteering for football - and its history

MEMBERS of the Football Hall of Fame WA Committee were among those honoured by Football West at a morning tea to celebrate National Volunteers Week.more

A slice of NSL history by the Jones boy!

ON APRIL 2, 2017, we commemorated 40 years to the day the National Soccer League kicked off at Manuka Oval in the ACT with a game between Canberra City and West Adelaide, which ended in a 3-1 win to the visitors.more

20th Anniversary Induction Night 2016

WHAT a Great Night, if you weren't there, this is what you missed.more

A Glorious tribute to the 2016 inductees

PERTH Glory paid tribute to the 2016 Football Hall of Fame WA inductees at the A-League game against Newcastle Jets at nib stadium on December 10.more

When the Falcons swooped for a rare treat...

IT HAS been a huge year of anniversaries...Perth Glory, Football West and the Football Hall of Fame all celebrating milestones...but one which has received scant attention is the 20th anniversary of Inglewood's only State League championship success.more

A touch of history with all the new inductees

IT WAS history all the way as 32 newcomers were inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA at the 20th anniversary gala dinner celebration at Crown Perth on November 26.more


WHAT a night! There were hugs, tears, laughter, tension, several touches of sadness - and a kissing policewoman. The 20th Anniversary of the Football Hall of Fame WA had it all.more

Vale Ray Ilott - an Australian and WA champion

FORMER Australian and State team star Ray Ilott has died. He passed away on Sunday, November 27, following a long battle with cancer. He was 68.more

Alan Vest now officially a Legend

ALAN Vest, Western Australia's most successful State team coach, was added to the Hall of Legends at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on Saturday, November 26.more

RIP Dave Brooks - a State team star

FOOTBALL West has announced the death of WA State team representative Dave Brooks.more

Bernd's back, and he's still a very hot item

IT IS 15 years since Bernd Stange left Western Australia, but the former Perth Glory coach is still much in demand.more

Celebrities galore for the induction night

FORMER East German international Harald Irmscher is the latest celebrity to confirm he will be attending the Football Hall of Fame WA 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more

The Marocchi Tradition Continues

THE Marocchi family have been synonymous with football in Western Australia for close on 70 years.more

Hall of Fame to honour four women

FOUR women will be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA at the 20th anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more

Posthumous tributes to Tombides and Davies

TWO posthumous awards will be made at the Football Hall of Fame WA 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth on November 26.more

Mickey Brennan's Unique Double

FORMER Manchester City player Mickey Brennan can claim a special place in WA football history. He is considered to be the only person to have coached the winners of both the State League title and the State Amateur league championship.more

Vale Richard Kuzimski

RICHARD Kuzimski, who was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA in 2005, died on October 4 after a short illness. He was 70.more


STEVE Hawkins will make history when he becomes the first former Armadale semi-pro player to be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA at the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more


WA'S LEADING football historian, Richard Kreider, snapped up a bit of history at nib stadium on Saturday, October 8.more

Perth stars set to be honoured

WHAT has been a memorable year for Perth Soccer Club will be capped off when many former players are inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA at the 20th anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more

RIP Rita Richardson

RITA Richardson, who was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA in 2008, has died at the age of 71.
She passed away on September 25 after a battle with cancer.more

Bernd Stange A Special Guest At The Anniversary

FORMER Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange will be a Special Guest Speaker at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night on November 26.more

A Wonderful Walk Down Memory Lane

THE stars of yesteryear - many of them Football Hall of Fame WA inductees - were much in evidence at the Top Four Cup final between Perth SC and Inglewood United at Dorrien Gardens on September 10.more

A Unique Hat-Trick For Gary Marocchi

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA Legend Gary Marocchi can now lay claim to another legendary feat.more

An Anniversary Salute To Bobby Moore

IT'S 50 years since Bobby Moore was carried around the Wembley pitch with the World Cup trophy held aloft - and it's 35 years since the England Captain strutted his stuff in a series of games in Perth.more

Golden celebrations for golden whistler Barry

BARRY Harwood, one of WA's most decorated referees, is celebrating a double anniversary this year.more

Vale Peter Atkinson, a true gentleman of the game

PETER Atkinson, who was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA's Hall of Merit for Players in 2012, has died at the age of 82.more

Another Honour For Robbie Zabica

ROBBIE Zabica, WA's greatest goalkeeper, has chalked up a remarkable hat-trick of honours.more

RIP John Van Hoek, a great contributor

JOHN Van Hoek, one of WA football's most dedicated contributors in a variety of roles from coach to administrator to club president, died on July 20 at the age of 83.more

Les Murray Joins Hall of Fame Celebrations

AUSTRALIAN football broadcasting icon Les Murray will be a Special Guest Speaker at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more


FOOTBALL West marked the 120th anniversary of the official foundation of the game in WA on the weekend of May 28/29 by taking out a full page advert in The West Australian newspaper to thank all the players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans who had contributed so much over the yearsmore

Anniversary of 120 years of football

THE 120th anniversary of the first official football games to be staged in Western Australia will be reached on May 30.more

Thanks Peter for a valuable contribution

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA chairman Louis Prospero has praised the achievements of outgoing Football West chief executive Peter Hugg, who recently resigned from the position.more


AFTER moving to Melbourne over two years ago, former Floreat Athena coach and England international John Sydenham is keen to re-establish his link with Western Australia.more

TMM Is Our New Major Sponsor

IT IS with great pleasure that the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA can announce that prominent West Australian company TMM (Traction and Mining Motor repairs) is the new major sponsor of the Hall of Fame.more

Bob Brown Now A Football West Life Member

BOB Brown, a former administrator, coach and Football Hall of Fame WA treasurer, has been made a Life Member of Football West.more

Vale Paul Sobek, one of WA's greatest

IT IS with great sadness that the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA has to report the death of Paul (Pawel) Sobek, one of the State's finest players.more

RIP Sergio Alfieri - a footballing Entertainer

FORMER State team striker Sergio Alfieri has died at the age of 68. He passed away on December 12 following a long battle with cancer.more

The Death Of An Australian Legend

JOE Marston, the grand old man of Australian football and the first genuine legend of the game Down Under, has died at the age of 89.more

Jimmy Pearson Honoured In World Cup Reunion

FORMER Inglewood coach Jimmy Pearson was among a group of former Socceroos stars to be hailed by Football Federation Australia in Sydney on November 16.more

The Beale Legacy Continues To Grow

BOB Beale, the son of original Hall of Fame committee member the late Alan Beale, has gone a long way to helping to preserve the history of the game in Western Australia.more

Lazaridis Joins WA's Sporting Greats

STAN Lazaridis has become only the second footballer to be inducted into the WA Institute of Sport's Hall of Champions.more

RIP Peter Dimopoulos, a great servant of Australia

PETER Dimopoulos, who was one of WA football's hardest-working and most committed coaches and administrators, died on August 23 at the age of 90.more

The Black Swan Flies Again

FOOTBALL West has given a valuable nod to the past - and helped protect the history of the game in WA - by resurrecting the Black Swan on State team jerseys.more

Re-living Tricolore's Good Old Days

THERE surely never was a more pleasant walk down memory lane than at the East Fremantle Tricolore Past Players Reunion at the South Beach Hotel in Fremantle on July 5.more

Vale Ross McGinn

ROSS McGinn, a stalwart of the very successful Stirling Macedonia team of the 1980s and early 90s, has died at the age of 53.more

English clubs salute WA stars

FORMER State team stars and Hall of Fame inductees Graham Normanton and Peter Holt have received the "superstar" treatment by their old clubs back in England.more

RIP John Davies - fine player, terrific coach

JOHN Davies, the successful coach to the WA State team, Spearwood Dalmatinac and Perth Azzurri during the 1980s, has died at the age of 67.more

Ernie and those heady days with Preston

ERNIE Hannigan, who died in Perth on May 21, was never forgotten in Lancashire in England where he played for Preston North End in the 1960s.more

Vale Ernie Hannigan - great player, wonderful character

ERNIE Hannigan, one of the legendary figures of WA football as a player and coach and a wonderfully exuberant character, died on May 21more

A Salute to Bob - One of the Original Builders

BOB Brown, one of the original Football Hall of Fame Committee members, has stepped down after nearly 20 years of dedication to preserving the history of the game in WA.more

Football West honours John O'Connell

JOHN O'Connell, the voice of WA football for many decades and a State team record-holder as a player, has been made a Life Member of the State's ruling body Football West.more

Celebrating a Year of Excellence

THIS year marks 40 years since Western Australia enjoyed what has become known as the State team's "Year of Excellence.more

Tony and Trent fly the WA flag

PERTH-BORN Trent Sainsbury wasn't the only West Australian to be a key figure in Australia's magnificent success in the 2015 Asian Cup. Tony Franken also played an important role for the Socceroos.more

WA's link to football's founding fathers

SPORTS historian Andy Mitchell has uncovered the Australian origins of one of the founders of English football - and he is a West Australian.more

Goodbye Peter and Barbara - Hello David and Barry

THE Football Hall of Fame WA has two new Committee members - David Mortimer and Barry Rogers.more

Super Sandra Honoured Again

WA LEGEND Sandra Brentnall has received another honour. She has been inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame.more

Richard's Epic Achievement

WESTERN Australian fans of football had been starved of information about its long and distinguished past owing to a dearth of written content...that was until WA Football Historian Richard Kreider’s current publication ‘Paddocks to Pitches’ hit the back of the net.more

The last of the history makers

MAC Hunter, the last surviving member of the WA State team that made history when winning the Southern States Carnival in Adelaide in 1948, has died.more

Football's Ten Commandments

WESTERN Australian football's "Ten Commandments" - tongue in cheek, of course - has just been unearthed following the discovery of a near-90-year-old programme for the first full international clash between the State team and England.more

A Passion for the Real Football

ROY Hay and Bill Murray, two Victoria-based academics and university lecturers, have a burning passion for the round ball game in a State dominated by a ball of a vastly different shape.more

Our Ashley Conquers The World!

CONGRATULATIONS are due to Ashley Morrison who is doing his bit to put Australia - and Western Australia, in particular - on the world football map.more

A Nice Cuppa Back On The Table

WHAT is possibly the oldest football trophy in Ireland has been unveiled to the public after being held in trust for the past 100 years. And maybe it should be the rallying call for a much-older - and more valuable - trophy that has been held by the West Australian Museum for over 50 years to also make a re-appearance.more

Callies and the Great War

THE start of commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One (1914-18) will provoke poignant memories for one WA football club in particular.more

A Glorious Anniversary

FOOTBALL Hall of Champions inductees Bobby Despotovski, Scott Miller and Shaun Murphy - plus coaching guru Alan Vest, who is a member of the Hall of Recognition - can be forgiven for feeling a bit nostalgic in 2014.more

Vale Zyggy Kramer

SIEGFRIED 'Zyggy" Kramer, one of WA football's best known identities and the man at the helm of Inglewood United for many decades, has died at the age of 76.more

A Roos-ing Reception!

THE 20th anniversary celebration of the Perth Kangaroos stunning triumph in the Singapore Premier League received a special kick-off when the Emeritus Archbishop of Perth, Barry Hickey, gave his formal blessing to the night’s proceedings at Dorrien Gardens on June 19.more

RIP Ted Gray

Football West would like to acknowledge the great contribution to the game made by Ted Gray, who sadly passed away this week.more
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