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Football Hall of Fame WA Museum opens in historic launch

Elizabeth Re, President of the Football Hall of Fame Western Australia, is delighted to confirm the opening of its football museum on Monday 13 February, in a historic day for football in WA.

On a special evening bringing together Hall of Fame inductees, VIP guests, sponsors and supporters, the doors to the first football museum in the state, based at the WA Italian Club in West Perth and displaying 170 donated artefacts, opened for its official launch event.

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The launch event, presented by MC and board member Vince Matassa, featured Q & As with Hall of Legends inductee Sandra Brentnall, scorer of the first Australian hat-trick in an international women’s match, and Saverio Madaschi, goalkeeper for WA’s Marah Halim Cup-winning side.

Exclusively on display for the launch event, thanks to the WA Museum CEO Alec Coles, was the magnificent Charity Cup, donated by the Burt family and representing a rich football history in WA dating back to 1901. The Charity Cup, standing three feet tall and comprising ten and a half pounds of silver, was awarded to the winner of WA’s knockout cup competition until 1961.

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The museum consists of two main exhibits. The first, situated within the WA Italian Club’s newly refurbished 1934 Lounge, houses the Hall of Fame’s most prestigious and significant items.

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The second exhibit in the Sports Lounge will be a continually evolving display, reflecting relevant themes based on current event such as the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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The Football Hall of Fame WA strives to promote, preserve and protect the history of football in Western Australia. The opening of the football museum is therefore a hugely significant moment in the 27-year history of the Hall of Fame, and indeed in the 127-year history of football in Western Australia.

The Football Hall of Fame acknowledges all those who have donated items to ensure that the entire football community and visitors to WA can enjoy the museum and share in the history of the game in our state. Details of opening hours for members of the football community and ways in which you can donate items for display will be confirmed shortly – stay tuned to our website and social media for the latest news.

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