Month: April 2020

The stars come out for a dream 1991-2019 era

The stars come out for a dream 1991-2019 era Trent Sainsbury

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.It began with a hive of activity – 25 games in just five years with three appearances at major tournaments in Asia plus historic defeats of European clubs Werder Bremen, West Ham United […]

Legendary McInroy tops the 1961-1990 era

Legendary McInroy tops the 1961-1990 era John McInroy

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.He would undoubtedly be one of the leading candidates for many of the WA football […]

WA’s Best Of The Best: 1902 – 1960

WA’s Best Of The Best: 1902 – 1960 Con Purser and Ron Adair

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.So, it was decided to split the years into three eras and produce three […]

The Cup that cheers – and surprises

The Cup that cheers – and surprises Swan Italia

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.They became the last club to win the Boral Challenge Cup – at the time the State’s premier knockout competition – in 2004.In […]

A guide to deciding on the ultimate star line-up

A guide to deciding on the ultimate star line-up 1962 Western Australian State team

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 […]

A chance to pick your Dream Teams

A chance to pick your Dream Teams Old And New

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.The Gold Fields WA State Dream Teams will celebrate the achievements of the outstanding players and coaches who have represented Western Australia over the past 118 years.The four teams are: […]

Vale Peter Bonetti, the Cat who got the cream

Vale Peter Bonetti, the Cat who got the cream Peter Bonneti

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.Bonetti was described by Chelsea as a “goalkeeping superstar of the 1960s and 1970s” and “one of our indisputably all-time great players”.He […]

Book Review: Were You Any Good Sir?

Book Review: Were You Any Good Sir? Ken Maguire, Doug Stewart and John Birighitti

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.  And he has proved this in a 123-page biography that is captivating reading. The title of the book came […]

WA’s Asian joy after Cardiff woe

WA’s Asian joy after Cardiff woe 1968 Team

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.Cardiff were 4-0 up at half-time and, despite being reduced to 10 men in the second half, continued […]

Sweet memories of that winning feeling

Sweet memories of that winning feeling Inglewood Kiev

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… PIC ONE: Goalkeeper Vince Matassa, fresh from several outstanding efforts for the Young Socceroos as they reached the semi-finals of […]