The Football Hall of Fame Western Australia is pleased to announce a museum showcasing the history of the game in this State is a step closer to reality after partnering with the West Australian Italian Club. Under the terms of an agreement, the Hall of Fame will establish a football-specific museum at the Italian Clubs’ headquarters on Fitzgerald Street, West Perth.
“I am excited to announce the upcoming opening of a new Football Hall of Fame WA museum space to showcase the history of the game in Western Australia, including memorabilia displayed from over 125 years of competition football in this the state and from proud Western Australians performing all over the world,” said Elizabeth Re, President of the Hall of Fame.
“The Hall of Fame have partnered with the WA Italian Club, which will house the museum in a specially built room within its renown social club in West Perth. Migrants to Western Australia have made an indelible mark on football in this State and this partnership is a fitting tribute to these migrant communities who arrived from across the globe and continue to be involved in football at all levels.”
“The West Perth location is ideal, being easily accessible by public transport, close to the city and perfectly placed to take advantage of the coming spotlight on football during the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup where the eyes of the world will be upon Western Australia and the nearby Dorrien Gardens football ground, which will be an official training venue for the tournament.”
“The welcoming setting, coupled with the facilities on offer at the WA Italian Club will prove a drawcard for locals and tourists alike as we move into an exciting period for football in WA. The Hall of Fame museum would not be possible without the support of our Patron, Julian Burt, who continues the link to the game’s founding fathers, his ancestors, the Burt family.”
Sal Vallelonga, President of the WA Italian Club, is delighted to partner the Hall of Fame in its long-held ambition of establishing a museum. “We are so delighted to welcome the Football Hall of Fame Western Australia to our Club. The WA Italian Club is home to so many and being able to showcase the round ball’s rich history in this State within our premise is magnificent,” Vallelonga said.
“Football has deep roots within our community and what a special day for our members and the wider Western Australian Community to have a place to showcase the many artefacts available for display as well as enjoy our fine hospitality when you visit. We look forward to seeing you all at the WA Italian Club once the Hall of Fame’s museum is officially opened.”
The Hall of Fame strives to promote, preserve and protect the history of football in Western Australia. A not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, the Hall of Fame cherishes Western Australia’s rich football heritage and the achievements of the teams, players and off-field staff since the first official game was played in East Perth in 1896.
Western Australia has the distinction of being the first State in Australia to officially recognise and honour its football heroes of the past through a Hall of Fame. Established in 1996, the Hall of Fame has inducted 186 players, referees, coaches, administrators, journalists, sponsors and medics across its 26 years.
Those inductees include some of the most recognisable names in Australian football, amongst them Australia internationals Gary Marocchi, Sandra Brentnall, Robbie Dunn and Stan Lazaridis, Perth Glory stalwarts Bobby Despotovski, Scott Miller and Jamie Harnwell, World Cup referee Eddie Lennie and super coach Alan Vest.