Richard Kreider, Western Australia’s leading football historian and author of three books on the evolution of the game in the West, has been elected as a Life Member of Football West.
He joins an elite band of some of the most influential figures in football in WA when chosen by Football West at their Annual General Meeting on March 24.
Richard, who has worn the hat of player, broadcaster, journalist, author, historian, statistician and photographer across close to 50 years in the game, said: “I’m genuinely stunned by the honour.”
“I’ve been too busy reviewing others worthy of recognition without thinking someone could be looking at me. When I first heard, it felt like a Danny Green combination to the head. I consider the honour very special and will always treat it as such.”
Richard is the fifth current or former member of the Football Hall of Fame WA Committee to to be granted Life Membership of Football West; the others being Julius Re, Bob Brown, John O’Connell and Penny Tanner-Hoath.
Back in 2011 Football West also formally recognised former Hall of Fame committee members Alan Beale, Roger Males, Peter Dimopoulos and Barbara Gibson amongst a large group who had been inducted as Life Members of either semi-pro, amateurs, juniors, women or referees bodies.
Also in 2011, another former Hall of Fame Committee member, Frank Miller, became the first West Australian to be elected as a Life Member of the Football Media Association of Australia.
Born in France but raised in the United Kingdom, Richard arrived in WA as a teenager in 1972 and joined an Italian migrant football team called UMAI in the lower ranks of the Amateur Association.
After time with Saturday side Lathlain Meazza (1973-75) he remained in the amateur ranks for 17 more years, picking up the Amateur Cup with Morley Windmills in 1977 and later turned out for North Perth United.
Richard represented the State Amateur team as a goalkeeper between 1981-91 and was chosen for an Australian Select out of the 1982 Adelaide National Championships. He also represented WA at the senior National Futsal Indoor Championships in Moe, Victoria (1989).
After five knee operations he quit playing but was still keen to stay in touch with the game in some capacity. He had two spells as an administrator with the Amateur Association (1983-84 and 1992-95) while broadcasting on Radio 6NR (1981-95) and writing for the Sunday Times (1984-1988).
From there, it escalated to many commitments, including writing for the Sydney-based Australian & British Soccer Weekly (1994-96). When Perth Glory arrived, he contributed to their first match day programmes and season Annuals, followed by ten years (2008-2018) working with FoxSports.
He contributed 18 years to the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA (2002-2020) and was heavily involved with the National Panel of Football Historians. He also represented football on the Sports Memorabilia Reference Group which developed the history wall displays at Optus Stadium.
Richard said: “I was hit with an acoustic neuroma in my right ear in 1992 and throat cancer (1999) but I managed to beat them and continue working in the game until resigning from the Football Hall of Fame at the end of 2020.”
“On a personal level, my football commitments have been supported by my amazing wife Elaine. Being a football fan herself has helped tremendously in that respect, especially when I was writing ‘Paddocks to Pitches’.”
Published in 2012, “Paddocks to Pitches : the Definitive History of Western Australian Football” is an almost 800-page tome full of facts, figures, fascinating history and anecdotes. It is regarded one of the premier publications of the games’ history in Australia.
Richard also authored “A Soccer Century : a Chronicle of Western Australian Soccer from 1896 to 1996” (1996) and “The Soccerites” (2005), the latter detailing the State teams’ 49-day, 10-game tour of the eastern seaboard in 1909.