Category: State Team

Remembering Perry Lakes Stadium

Remembering Perry Lakes Stadium 1962 Perry Lakes Stadium

More than 800 athletes representing 35 nations came together 60 years ago this week to compete at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Perry Lakes Stadium was the Games’ centrepiece, a purpose-built venue in Floreat featuring a 5,000 seat grandstand and open air perimeter seating for a further 25,000 spectators. On November 22, 1962, […]

2001: Corey Hugo Keeps Red Star In Check

2001: Corey Hugo Keeps Red Star In Check 2001 Western Australia vs Red Star Belgrade advertisement

Corey Hugo played the starring role when Western Australia faced the might of Red Star Belgrade on the evening of 28 January 2001. But despite the goalkeeper’s heroics, the Yugoslav giants scored at either end of the 90 minutes to claim a 2-0 victory in front of 4,000 supporters at Litis Stadium. Mihajlo Pjanovic opened […]

Superstars of Yesteryear: Alex Marr

Superstars of Yesteryear: Alex Marr Alex Marr

“Not only is he agile as a cat and lithe as a panther, but in addition to being blessed with a solid frame, has also the heart of a lion,” is how the ‘Westralian Worker’ newspaper glowingly described Alexander ‘Sandy’ Marr, one of Western Australia’s finest ever goalkeepers. There were very few ‘keepers who could […]

1934: Jack Conduit Joins English Club Blackpool

1934: Jack Conduit Joins English Club Blackpool 1929 Jack Conduit

Victoria Park’s brilliant inside-left Jack Conduit was given a rousing send-off prior to his departure to join English Division Two club Blackpool on Friday 2 November, 1934. Possessing boundless energy and a keen eye for goal, Jack is arguably Western Australia’s greatest ever finisher having starred locally in the between the wars era. Jack put […]

1975: Western Australia Crowned Women’s National Champions

1975: Western Australia Crowned Women’s National Champions 1975 Western Australia State Womens team

Western Australia won its first women’s title by going undefeated at the 1975 National Championships in Brisbane. The youthful, sixteen-player Black Swans wrote themselves into the history books by sweeping all before them at the five-day tournament played at the inner-city suburbs of Bowen Hills and Annerley. Under the tutelage of coach Peter Dimopoulos, the […]

1910: Inaugural State Visit to Western Australia

1910: Inaugural State Visit to Western Australia 1910 Western Australian Vs South Australia Programme

110 years ago (August 1910) Perth welcomed their very first intrastate guests, when South Australia arrived fairly gingerly on our shores to play five friendlies against various select sides, including three ‘Tests’ versus the home State. Sadly, extreme wet conditions and a tram strike thwarted any hope of seeing large attendances at any of the […]

1909: WA’s First State ‘Champions’

1909: WA’s First State ‘Champions’ 1909 Western Australia and New South Wales State teams

Almost 112 years ago, a Western Australian senior State squad ventured into the unknown. Organised football in Western Australia had entered its 14th season of operation and apart from metropolitan selects playing developing townships like Collie, Bunbury, Albany and the Goldfields; the only interaction for a bona fide (since 1896) West Australian team were three […]