Month: March 2020

Joondalup Jacks jump out of the box

Joondalup Jacks jump out of the box Joondalup Winners

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.Inititally known as Joondalup City, the club moved from playing amateur-only Sunday social football in the early 1990s to operating with the “big boys” in the Saturday semi-professional leagues.And within a […]

Bayswater City among the elite champions

Bayswater City among the elite champions Bayswater City

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.From their 22 games, City won 19, drew 3 and lost none. They accumulated 60 points to take the title by 10 points from second-placed Perth SC.Bayswater also became […]

Bayswater Inter – The West’s Super Invincibles

Bayswater Inter – The West’s Super Invincibles Rene De Koni

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.An unbeaten record has been achieved several times in the top divisions and lower leagues in the last 60 years, but Inter are the only senior team […]

When the Stan and Bobby show hit the big stage

When the Stan and Bobby show hit the big stage Stans Wa Team

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.Lazaridis (who was on the books of NSL side West Adelaide at the time) caught the […]

Anniversary time for Big John and Athena

Anniversary time for Big John and Athena Floreat 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 goalscorers.The big left-footed dynamo took out the top scorers award in 1990 with an impressive haul of 31 goals (the highest league total since Len Dundo fired 34 goals in 1972). Hunter’s […]

The day WA young guns blasted Euro champs

The day WA young guns blasted Euro champs Marc Wingell, Stan Lazaridis, Scott Miller and Tony Carbone

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.Marocchi selected the quartet – Stan Lazaridis, Tony […]

When unbeaten Azzurri scooped a big reward

When unbeaten Azzurri scooped a big reward Trinca And Kelly

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.And only two teams have managed it twice – Perth Azzurri (1967 and 1981) and Floreat Athena (1990 as home-and-away champs in the Super League when a Top-Four […]