Month: December 2020

RIP Eddie Evans, one of WA’s great whistlers

RIP Eddie Evans, one of WA’s great whistlers Vale

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. Born in Plymouth, in England, Eddie came to WA in 1965 and joined East Fremantle Tricolore as a player.He won two D’Orsogna Cup finals (1966 and 1968, […]

WA’s rich football history has a silver lining

WA’s rich football history has a silver lining 36763911 1 O

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. It is thanks to WA’s leading football historian Richard Kreider for […]

When the Glory came of age…and that Kiss

When the Glory came of age…and that Kiss 1999 Perth Glory

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.The Glory squad (plus assistant coach Mich d’Avray and team manager Charlie Gallagher) are pictured celebrating after beating NSL heavyweight Marconi […]

Celebrating the Glory’s historic breakthrough

Celebrating the Glory’s historic breakthrough The Glory Story 4

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.They also made their first Grand Final appearance, drawing a then NSL record crowd of 43,242 to Subiaco Oval on June 11, […]

Centenary Celebrations Double Down Under

Centenary Celebrations Double Down Under Umbrointernational

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.The tour was made even the more meritorious with the Irish Football Association securing the British Home Championship for the first time in 66 years, under […]

Memories of a Case to treasure…

Memories of a Case to treasure… Memories 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.Case was 39 at the time and was in […]

WA’s great Asian adventure (Part One)

WA’s great Asian adventure (Part One) Kangeroo

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… THE month of July, 1993, was abuzz with speculation […]

Kangaroos take a mighty leap into Asia (Part Two)

Kangaroos take a mighty leap into Asia (Part Two) Wa Team

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 […]

RIP Nobby Stiles, a Red Devils icon

RIP Nobby Stiles, a Red Devils icon Nobby Stiles

WORLD Cup-winning England midfielder Nobby Stiles, who visited Perth in 1967 with Manchester United, has died aged 78 after a long illness.He is the seventh member of the England team that started the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany to die, after captain Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Ray Wilson, Gordon Banks, Martin Peters and […]

Old Boy Gareth Naven now Head Man at Bayswater

Old Boy Gareth Naven now Head Man at Bayswater Bayswater City

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA inductee Gareth Naven has been appointed as the new Head Coach of top NPLWA club Bayswater City.He succeeds another Hall of Fame inductee, Chris Coyne, who recently left the club to take up the post of Under-20s coach with Perth Glory.Naven, like Coyne, is a former Glory player. He was […]