Hall of Recognition

Introducing and honours those who have made a significant contribution on and off the field of play.

Soccer Awards

The First Committee (inducted 1996)

The first executive committee was elected from the more than forty persons who attended the first general meeting of those interested in the formation of a soccer competition, in May of 1896. The executive consisted of the following – Harry Brown (Chairman), John Davies (President), H.J. Saunders, J.L. Jones and T.W. Hardwick (Vice Presidents), E. Pope Secretary. Mr Saunders was the Mayor of Perth at the time and Mr Brown was to later fill that post for ten years. Mr Davies was the traffic manager for WA.

The Burt Family (inducted 1996)

When one talks of the foundations of soccer in WA one cannot help but look to the Burt family. Five of the six sons of Sir Septimus Burt KC, WA’s first Attorney General, had been involved in both the playing and administration sides of the game from day one. They were Archibald, Francis, Fred, George and Reginald. George was considered the best player and represented WA on eight occasions, before retiring in 1909, after the successful tour of the eastern states.

David Andrews (inducted 2008)

For over 36 years, David Andrews provided the WA game with a huge media profile — writing for The West Australian, appearing on ABC TV and radio, and producing countless programmes and magazines. Born in London in 1938, he arrived in Perth in 1959 and turned out for East Claremont Menora, Perth City and Subiaco City before injury and work committments ended his playing career in 1964. He then turned to reporting on the game, travelling to Malaysia in 1975 to witness the State team win the Marah Halim Cup and went to India with Spearwood Dalmatinac for the DCM tournament. He was a member of the Hall of Fame Committee between 1996 and 2006.

Henk Beumer (inducted 2002)

Henk Beumer may have passed away but his contribution to the game will not be forgotten. The founding father of Dutch club Windmills, he served on various sub-committees in the administration of the Soccer Federation of WA from 1978 through to 1986 including the post of senior vice-president in 1981. Beumer also completed a special project by writing and publishing a book on the history of the Windmills club in 2000.

John Birighitti (inducted 2012)

Born in Italy, John Birighitti arrived in Western Australia aged 15 and was soon named captain of Azzurri’s under-18 team. The dashing forward made his first team debut at the age of 19 and went on to play for Athena before turnin ghis hand to coaching at 23. He established Azzurri’s junior set-up, aiding the development of Gary Marocchi, Alf De Bono and countless others. Birighitti joined Bayswater United as senior coach and led them from the third division to the first division, twice winning the coach of the year. He also coached Inglewood Kiev before returning to Azzurri as the club’s technical director and, at one stage, first team coach. Now aged 70, he still enjoys a kick-around with the Perth Entertainers.

John Bleach (inducted 2005)

John Bleach arrived in Geraldton via England in 1971 and joined the then newly-formed Geraldton Rovers for whom he played a number of years. But it was off the field that he was to have the greatest impact. He established the Geraldton Rovers Junior club in 1973 and expanded that interest for the whole of the Geraldton area. He introduced seven-a-side football to children in the off-season which, in 2005, attracted more than 700 children from twelve different schools. Between 1973 and 2005 he served as president of the Midwest Soccer Association, president of the Geraldton Junior Soccer Association, and was president of Geraldton Rovers for sixteen years. He has coached teams for Country Week since the late 1970’s.

Mickey Brennan (inducted 2016)

Mickey played for Manchester City and Rochdale before coming to WA in 1983. He captained the State team against Notts Forest before turning to coaching. As player-coach took Floreat Athena to Top Four Cup title and D’Orsogna Cup final. He coached Stirling Macedonia to State league title. He continued to combine playing with coaching and was active on the field with Perth, Tricolore and Sorrento until age 38. Then teamed up with Gary Marocchi to be his successful assistant coach with Perth Kangaroos, the State team and Perth Glory. Coached Hamersley Rovers to three successive premier league amateur titles.

Bob Brown (inducted 2016)

Scottish-born Bob played with North Perth and Perth City when he arrived in WA in 1958. He then became secretary-manager of Perth City and later manager of the WA State team, which included a trip to Asia for the ground-breaking Merdeka tournament. Bob did some coaching of youth teams and helped set up the WA coaches association. He also refereed for a spell. He was an independent member of the SFWA board; first sponsor of junior Country Week; member of first Committee of Hall of Fame; Life member of Football West.

Mal Brown (inducted 2008)

Scottish-born Malcolm Brown was one of WA’s most prolific coaches. A professional runner in his homeland, Brown arrived in WA over 40 years ago and initially coached schoolboy teams. He became the State’s Director of Coaching and then was head coach to Azzurri, leading them to victory in the 1973 D’Orsogna Cup and Night Series. Brown coached the first teams at Olympic (1974, 1975) and Cracovia (1978) either side of guiding the State Under-18’s to the last four at the 1977 National Championship. After two seasons with South Australian club Polonia SC, he returned west to coach at junior and youth levels with Bayswater Inter and Inglewood Kiev. In 1998 he was awarded the WA Junior Coach of the Year. Brown died not long after his 2008 induction.

Giuliano Cantoni (inducted 2012)

The super-enthusiastic Giuliano Cantoni played in goal for Azzurri in the Night Series at the age of 19. After work commitments took him to Bunbury, he became player-coach with Bunbury Tricolore and later Bunbury City, leading them into the Perth semi-pro league. Cantoni played until he was 50 and then took to refereeing, officiating games in Perth and across the south-west for over seven years, including being assistant referee for the Young Matildas-China game of 2004.

Harry Croft (inducted 1996)

Harry Croft guided the juniors in post war WA for more than 20 years as the president of the Junior Association of WA. During his presidency the number of youngsters more than doubled. His efforts were rewarded by the many national titles WA juniors won during his time at the helm, and the gradual evolvement of WA youngsters into the highest levels of the game at State, national and international levels. He was recognized by the Australian Soccer Federation with a life membership.

John Davies (inducted 2016)

John, who was posthumously inducted, was the younger brother of Welsh international Reg Davies and followed him to WA in 1971. John won trophies as a player with Bayswater and Inglewood and was a member of the WA State team that won the Marah Halim Cup in 1976. He later coached the State team and also coached Spearwood Dalmatinac, leading them to a league title with an unbeaten record. He also won two D’Orsogna Cups with Dalies. Later coached Azzurri and, with his job with Japan Airlines, sponsored many events. John died in 2015 aged 67.

Tom D’Orsogna (inducted 1996)

Tom D’Orsogna is the only sponsor (so far) to be inducted in to the Hall of Recognition. His support of the code from 1960 for more than thirty years with the D’Orsogna Cup as the premier knockout competition enabled the fledgling Soccer Federation of WA to find its feet and provide credibility to the sporting world. Tom was also on hand to support other countless ventures connected with the game and help out many clubs when called upon. His services to the community, including soccer, were recognised when the Italian government honoured him with a knighthood. Tom passed away in 2014.

Claude Eayrs (inducted 1996)

In the 1920’s and 1930’s the round ball game struggled to re-establish itself following the trauma of World War One. At the heart of this struggle was Claude Eayrs who gave tirelessly of his time as secretary of the Soccer Association for more than fifteen years. He was also the State team manager come dogs-body looking after the administrative requirements of the team as a whole and the players in particularly.

Eddie Evans (inducted 2005)

Born in Plymouth (England), Eddie Evans won two D’Orsogna Cups and one Night Series with Tricolore before his playing days were ended by injury. In 1969 he took a referees course and became a familiar and popular match official for the next sixteen years. He was respected by not only by his fellow referees but also by the players of the day. He officiated at ten State representative games, officiated at the 1977 Indonesian Marah Halim tournament and was appointed to three D’Orsogna Cup finals. Evans held the position of the referees’ state director of coaching between 1974 and 1988. Upon retirement he was a referee inspector for a short period, and is a life member of the Referees Association.

Debbie Farrell (inducted 2016)

Bunbury-born Debbie has filled every role in the game. She played seniors with Bunbury Dynamos aged 11. A year later she played for WA’s under-17 team and was a State senior player for 10 years. She also played with Fremantle, Murdoch Uni and Stirling Reds – and had a spell with teams in England – before turning to coaching. She coached the Dynamos women’s team for many years and was also on the club’s executive committee as treasurer. She was an administrator with the South West Soccer Association and a Football West academy coach.

Dick Fearon (inducted 2002)

Dick Fearon has been the heart and soul of soccer in the South West, with Bunbury as his home base. He has literally been everything the code has to offer – guiding, coaching and administering at all levels. He has three life memberships of the junior associations in the district, having been instrumental in starting and developing various junior soccer associations.

Ken Fitch (inducted 2012)

Subiaco-born Dr Ken Fitch is one of Australia’s most respected practitioners in the field of sports medicine. He was doctor to the State team that went to Asia for the first time to take part in the international Merdeka Cup tournament in 1967, and also made subsequent trips to Malaysia with the State side and other major football events. As well, he was chief physician with Australia’s Olympic Games squads from 1972 onwards. He also oversaw all sports medicine services for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Fitch was inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame in 2011.

Ivan Garic (inducted 2005)

Ivan Garic came to WA in the early 1970’s and, along with his brothers, attached his allegiance to the Bunbury Tricolore club by taking on the task of club secretary at the age of 16. He’d go on to eventually become club president and the major driving force behind the establishment of the Soccerdrome. He served a variety of roles with the South West Soccer Association, the South West Referees body, the Bunbury Junior Soccer Association, the Country Womens Association and was a representative to the State Development Council and the manager of the A ustralian Amateur team. He has been inducted into the South West Hall of Fame.

Andy Gorton (inducted 2012)

Manchester-born Andy Gorton came to Perth in 1973 and played at amateur level for Armadale before turning to refereeing in 1979. He initially officiated in the amateur game before joining the State League in 1987 and going on to become one of Western Australia’s most respected whistlers. He was a referee at the Bi-Centennial Championships in Sydney in 1988 and took charge of the Night Series final in 1990. Gorton refereed two D’Orsogna Cup finals, several Top Four finals and numerous State games, including meetings with the Olyroos in 1994. He also officiated in the Singapore League and was appointed to the national league panel in 1996, taking charge of several Perth Glory games. He retired in 2000.

Doug Grant (inducted 2002)

Born in Scotland in 1931, Douglas Marr Grant emigrated to Australia in 1970 settling in Albany two years later and coaching Polonia’s Under-16 team. He became the club’s senior coach, winning the Premier League before coaching the new Caledonia team that went on to win seven successive league titles and 31 trophies in a ten year period. Doug also coached an Albany squad to the semi-finals of the D’Orsogna Cup only losing to Spearwood Dalmatinac after extra-time. He coached Albany’s Under-16 team to success in Country Week and was coach of the WA Under-17 State Country team in the Kanga Cup in Canberra in 2002.

Ted Gray (inducted 2002)

Ted Gray was an invaluable ally for WA soccer. He was the founder of the Gosnells City club, instrumental in the development of the Amateur Association before filling the post as full-time Executive Director of the Soccer Federation of WA for over two decades. Gray’s efforts for the game went well beyond the confines of his office proving time and again that nothing was too much trouble for man or club. Ted died in 2014, aged 90.

Barry Harwood (inducted 1996)

Barry Harwood started his refereeing career in England in 1963 and continued in WA with his first game in 1967 until he retired in 1991. During that time he officiated 36 international matches, traveled to the Indonesian Marah Halim competition with the WA team in 1975 and 1976 and was voted as the best referee in the tournament both times. He was the first WA referee to officiate in the National League, and in 1972 was appointed a member of the FIFA list of international referees.

Steve Hawkins (inducted 2016)

English-born Steve has seen it all in the game. He played around 800 games with Armadale, from juniors to semi-pro to vets and is a Life Member of the club. He moved to Balingup in 2000 and, along with his wife, started running training sessions at the local primary school. This quickly grew and Steve established a club for juniors, men and women in the Balingup area, calling it Blackwood United FC, which now has fine grounds and floodlights. The Hawkins family also conducted coaching sessions in the remote community of Kalumburu. Steve still oversees an annual five-a-side carnival in Balingup.

Domenic Italiano (inducted 2002)

Domenic Italiano is representative of that band of people who keep the football flag flying high in the regional areas. Starting his career as a player in Collie in 1960, Domenic has coached, refereed, and administered at all levels of the game in the region. Without his input and tireless efforts for more than forty years soccer in the region would be the poorer.

Stuart Kamasz (inducted 2008)

Born in Leeds in 1951, Stuart Kamasz had success as a player in New South Wales before turning his hand to coaching in Perth in 1984. His initial taste of coaching success came at Under-18 level with Spearwood Dalmatinac. Kamasz the led Rockingham City to the senior Second Division title before winning two league championships, three Top Four Cups and three Night Series with Stirling Macedonia. He guided Fremantle City to their first ever league title in 2000. Kamasz coached over 530 games, winning ten trophies at senior level.

Frank and Marilyn Kettell (inducted 2005)

Frank and Marilyn Kettell, both born in Sheffield (England), emigrated to Australia as a married couple in 1966 and are the first husband and wife team to be inducted in the Hall of Recognition. Both have significantly contributed to the development of the game in WA. Frank was for fourteen years the secretary of the Junior Soccer Association of WA, set up the inaugural Country Week junior carnival in 1974, and was actively involved in the organisation of the national junior championships. The couple were founding members of the Morley Windmills juniors with each filling the position of secretary, Marilyn for thirteen years. Frank’s tireless efforts were rewarded by life membership of the Junior Soccer Association of WA, and Marilyn is a life member of Morley Windmills.

Zyggie Kramer (inducted 2002)

Zyggie Kramer was a regular fixture of the WA football landscape since he first played for Kiev in 1953. His career is tied to Kiev, coaching the club and filling positions on the committee non-stop since 1971 from junior committee to president, the latter since 1994 through until the present day. At the same time he filled positions at State level as a board member on the Professional Soccer League (1998-2001) and on the SAWA Board (2000-2001).  Zyggie passed away on July, 2014.

Marilyn Learmont (inducted 2005)

Born in Perth in 1957, Marilyn Learmont was the first West Australian female referee to crash into the male domain in the late 1970’s. She graduated from schools football to refereeing in the Second Division in quick time and ran the line for many top flight games. In 1992 Learmont became the first woman to officiate at national league level by running the line in the West Adelaide-Brisbane United game. She was linesperson for the 1992 ‘B’ international between Western Australia and Shelbourne, and the Australia-Brazil youth international later that year. She was Australia’s first-choice nomination for the 1991 women’s World Cup finals in China, and retired after being involved in the 1995 D’Orsogna Cup final.

Roger Lefort (inducted 2005)

Born in England, Roger Lefort initially he got involved with the game through the junior clubs of Wembley Downs and Scarborough. He took on the presidency of the Junior Soccer Assocation which he held for five years before joining the Soccer Association of WA as chief executive. Along with SAWA president Lou Ricci, Lefort secured an national league licence for Perth after which he became the general manager of Perth Glory. He resigned from the club in 2001 after nearly twenty years involvement at many levels in the sport. He is a life member of the Junior Soccer Association.

Eddie Lennie (inducted 2005)

Scottish-born Eddie Lennie the only Australian referee to have officiated at both the Olympic Games (1996) and the World Cup finals (1998). A career ending knee injury saw him turn to refereeing at the age of 21 and got his first taste of international football by running the line for a Poland-Belgium World Cup qualifier in 1985. He emigrated to Western Australia in 1991 and quickly rose through the ranks so much so that within two years he was officiating the first of his 193 national league games. He jointly held the record of four national league Grand Finals (1994/95, 1995/96, 1999/2000 and 2000/01), was named the Australian Referee of the Year three times (1994/95, 1995/96 and 1999/2000) and won the WA Referee of the Year on four occasions (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997). He refereed three games at the 1996 Olympic Games and was the man in the middle of the Italy-Cameroon and Romania-Tunisia matches at the 1998 World Cup. In total Lennie refereed 27 FIFA ‘A’ international games, and 22 other FIFA recognised internationals. He became good friends with the world’s most famous referee, Italy’s Pierluigi Collina, during his stints at the Olympics and World Cups and the pair regularly keep in touch. Lennie decided to retire from refereeing in 2004 when, at the age of 45, he could not longer continue at FIFA level. He has since taken up an appointment as FIFA Instructor of Referees for the Oceania Region and is the WA State Director of Referees Coaching. He received the Order of Australia in 2008.

Helen Lumley (inducted 2016)

Geraldton-based Helen played in goal in four women’s premiership teams in the area and also played in WA State team. She formed the Chapman Athletic club in 1980 and was secretary for 22 years. She was also secretary of Geraldton District Assoc for 15 years and secretary of Midwest Assoc for 13 years and a member of Football West women’s standing committee. She has also acted as a linesperson in the men’s regional competition.

Alex McDowall (inducted 2008)

A real pioneer, Scottish-born Alex McDowall arrived in the Goldfields town of Boulder in 1896 and formed the town’s first football club. He captained the Goldfields when they toured Perth in 1902. Four years later he relocated to the WA capital and turning to refereeing, evenutally becoming president of the Referee’s Association. McDowall was president of the BFAWA in 1910 and later a vice-president of the first Commonwealth Referee’s Association. He was chairman of both junior and senior governing bodies.

Bob McShane (inducted 1996)

Bob McShane became an icon of the code in WA such was his involvement in all facets of the game from the early 1930’s through to 1996. He threw his enthusiasm and energies into refereeing, training and administration. At both club and State level for over thirty years. He served for many years on the administration of the Soccer Federation of WA and was awarded a life membership for his untiring efforts in support of the game. He could truly be called ‘Mr Football’.

Ken Maguire (inducted 2012)

Dr Ken Maguire has virtually done it all in the game. He was a player with Azzurri, Windmills and East Fremantle Tricolore among many others, turned out for the State at under-16 and under-18 levels and coached several women’s teams, including Osborne Park Galeb and the University of WA. As one of the leaders in the field of sports medicine, he was team doctor to the State team on many overseas trips and was also doctor to Perth Glory from 1996 until 2009. He is still medical co-ordinator with the national league club. Maguire was inaugural medical co-ordinator with the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, and also a consultant with the Canberra Arrows.

Roger Males (inducted 2008)

English-born Roger Males became secretary of Manning Rovers a year after arriving in Perth in 1976. He was elected onto the Amateur Soccer Association Committee in 1978 and founded Curtin University SC in 1980. Males was team manager of the State amateur teams that toured Malaysia and Singapore between 1980 and 1989, and served as chief executive of the WA Amateur Social Soccer Association between 1990 and 1994.

Alex Mansfield (inducted 2005)

English-born Alex Mansfield had a distinguished coaching career in Western Australia after World War Two. In 1946 he was player-coach and captain of North Perth whom he guided to the League championship, Charity Cup and Challenge Cup in 1947. He was player-coach and captain of the State side from 1947 to 1954. Mansfield had two spells as player-coach of Perth City (1950-1952 and 1956-1958) and won the 1959 First Division championship in the first of two years as coach of Azzurri. Mansfield was the instigator and provided a guiding hand for the introduction of association football in to the West Australian high school curriculum in 1955.

Oscar Mate, Barbara Gibson, Peter Dimopoulos (inducted 1996)

Oscar Mate, Barbara Gibson and Peter Dimopoulos took up the challenge of the National Director of Coaching in 1970, Eric Worthington, to involve women in competitive soccer. The three established the Women’s Soccer Association WA and for much of the remainder of the 20th century directed this section of the game. Their reward has been the successful advancement of teams and individuals in this area of the code, including international accolades for a number of women. Barbara was secretary of the SFWA for many years and was later involved with Bayswater and Inglewood. Peter was president of the Professional Soccer Federation for a spell and was manager of the Perth Kangaroos side that won the Singapore League in 1994. Peter died in August, 2015, aged 90.

Mick Mateljan (inducted 1996)

Mick Mateljan is known as the father of football in the Swan region. While most of his sporting life was in guiding Swan Athletic post-war as a player and administrator (he was a member of the 1957 Swan Athletic First Division championship side), he also provided invaluable support to the Soccer Federation of WA on their executive. He was awarded a life membership for his services to the development of the game in WA.

Jimmy Mayers (inducted 2012)

Jimmy Mayers had trials with Middlesborough and Stockport County before arriving in Perth in 1963. He helped form Busselton United and later played for several clubs in Bunbury and Collie. As coach of Bunbury United Mayers guided the club to the Mitre Cup, while with Mandurah City he won the Premier Amateur Championship. He also had a coaching stint with State League side South West Phoenix. Mayers was three times Junior and Youth coach of the year and led the State amateur under-19 team. He received the Australian Coaching Foundation Award for outstanding services to Western Australian sport.

Frank Miller (inducted 2002)

Frank Miller was the first post-war journalist to concentrate on promoting association football in the daily newspapers. In a career that spanned twenty-five years Miller wrote for The West Australian, Daily News and Weekend News. He also appeared regularly on radio and television and in the his early years was involved in the code’s administration and a long time member of the State squad selection panel. Frank died in February, 2012.

Frank Moretti (inducted 2012)

Frank Moretti was born in Italy, played juniors with Azzurri and at seniors level with several amateur teams. He began refereeing in 1988 and was one of a number of Western Australian officials promoted to national league duty when Perth Glory commenced in 1996, running the line on many occasions until a back injury caused retirement in 2001. Moretti was also assistant in many international games, including the visits of Sheffield United and Red Star Belgrade, and was president of the Perth Referees Association. He is now a national league match commissioner.

David Mortimer (inducted 2005)

Born in 1950 in England, David Mortimer emigrated to Australia with his family in 1968 and three years later joined Manning Rangers as a goalkeeper. In turned to refereeing in 1972 and quickly gained his First Class Badge. He went on to referee at the highest level for over fifteen years, including three seasons in the national league. Mortimer also refereed in the Singapore League, and in 1992 fulfilled an international ‘A’ appointment when he officiated an Australia-Brazil Under-20 international. He also refereed in numerous games featuring the State team as well as D’Orsogna Cup and Night Series finals. He won the 6NR ‘Most Proficient Referee’ award three years on the trot, and the 1989 Golden Whistle.

Ron Moss (inducted 2005)

In a thirty-two year career Ron Moss has built an enviable reputation for dedication and loyalty to the football cause in the state’s South West. He has been a player-coach with Centrals, Laporte, Bunbury Dynamos, Forrest Park, Cavaliers and Bunbury City and was a club official for Centrals, Forrest Park, Laporte and Bunbury Dynamos. Moss was the inaugural South West Games director for football and held the following several positions, including president, for the South West Association. Additionally, he is a qualified referee and referee’s allocator, a life member of the South West Association and has been inducted into the South West Hall of Fame.

Steve Muldoon (inducted 2016)

Steve was a well-respected referee and officiated in 79 games in the NSL and A-League, including finals series games. He was State league ref of year in 2005 and assistant ref of year in 1998 and 1999. He is a State League and A-League assessor and a member of Football West Technical Committee. He was made a Life Member of Football West in 2016.

Angelo Nardi (inducted 2016)

Angelo played as a junior with East Fremantle Tricolore, but found fame as a referee. He was one of WA’s top whistlers for many years and took charge of 31 NSL games and 11 A-League contests. He was elevated to the FIFA referees panel and officiated at the international between Japan and Peru in front of 60,000 in Yokohama. He won the prestigious Golden Whistle as WA’s top ref five times.

Fred Newton (inducted 1996)

Fred Newton was a guiding spirit of the game in the 1920’s and 1930’s. He was a founder of the powerful North Perth side that enjoyed its halcyon days in the 1950’s and through the early 1960’s.He was in club and State administration for twenty years as the accountant of the Soccer Association of WA. The original club house at Inglewood Oval was named in his honour as a tribute to the outstanding work he performed to maintain the high standards of the game in WA.

Graham Normanton (inducted 2008)

A former professional player with Hartlepool United, Graham Normanton came to Perth in 1983 and played for Azzurri, North Perth Croatia, Kingsway Olympic and Bayswater City. A determined defender, he played 13 times for the State before turning to coaching — and is now WA’s most successful currently-serving coach with an astonishing sixteen trophies to his name. Since taking over as senior coach of Perth in 1999, Normanton has led the club to three League titles, six Night Series crowns, four Top Five titles, two Association Cups and the Centenary Cup. He later went on to coach Inglewood United.

Ron Oswald (inducted 1996)

Ron Oswald almost made the Hall of Champions. He started out playing Australian Rules football before switching to the round ball code in 1946, quickly becoming first choice goalkeeper at Balmoral Rangers. Ron would also turn out for Fremantle City (1950) and South Perth (1951-1959), winning the First Division league title and Charity Cup and Shield in 1951. He represented Western Australia nine times and was between the posts when the State team won the 1948 Southern States Carnival. But it was in recognition for his tireless work in administration and his extended work with the juniors in the South Perth area that Ron was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Aleck Peters (inducted 2002)

Alexander Peters goes back to the origins of game in WA as a referee in 1896 and later as chairman and secretary of the British Football Association of WA. Originally from Newcastle-on-Tyne, Aleck assisted in the creation of the Casuals club in 1899 and it was his untiring efforts in the horse and buggy era that kept both the Association and clubs afloat. Peters is also credited for being the first to bring curative massage to Australia. He was instrumental in organising the first two State representative games against English Cricket teams (1902 and 1904) and was a strong supporter of football in the schools. He was ultimately awarded one of the very first life memberships for WA football.

Stan Power (inducted 1996)

Stan Power was a fixture in WA football for more than forty years. He was deeply involved with the junior game before World War Two and maintained that interest in this area of the code long after the war had ended. He was a member of WA football’s ruling board for many years and filled the position of State team manager for an extended time.

Julius Re (inducted 1996)

Julius Re was elected as the first president of the fledgling Soccer Federation of WA in 1960 following an acrimonious split by senior clubs from the old Soccer Association of WA in 1959. He was a dynamic president whose initiative enabled WA to beat a path to Asia where it has been a successful presence for almost forty years. He retired in 1971 but remained connected with the game as a founding committee member of the inaugural Hall of Fame.

Lou Ricci (inducted 2002)

Lou Ricci gave more than forty years of service to football at both club and State level. He was committeeman, vice-president and president of East Fremantle Triclore when it was a major power in WA. In the 1980’s he turned his attention to State administration to become president of the Soccer Administration of WA and was instrumental in persuading Soccer Australia to provide WA with a place in the National Soccer League. Hence ‘The Glory’. Lou died in 2012.

Rita Richardson (inducted 2008)

Born in Scotland, Rita Richardson came to WA in 1981 and has been involved in football Australia-wide for over 25 years. She has been secretary of both Cockburn Junior and Senior clubs; junior vice-president and later president of Burnbury Tricolore; and secretary/treasurer of the Bunbury and Districts Junior Association. She moved East in 2002 to be Football Administration Manager with Marconi Stallions and then for over three years Richardson was the International Transfer and Clearance Officer for Football Federation Australia. She is a Life Member of both the Bunbury and Districts Junior Association and the JSA. Rita died in September, 2016.

Peter Rickers (inducted 2008)

Born in England, Peter Rickers made history in WA when he was instrumental in establishing the State’s first specialist football program at John Curtin College in Fremantle in 1990, nurturing top players like Lisa De Vanna, Brad Jones, David Tarka, Nick Ward, Adrian Caceras. He has also overseen the growth of schools football competition from 28 teams to 240 teams over 16 years. Rickers was named Development Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1996.

Alan Robertson (inducted 2008)

After joining the Mt Newman Mining Company in 1971, Manchester-born Alan Robertson was instrumental in starting a football program for children in Newman. Within twelve months over 200 boys were competing and in 1976 Robertson became president of the Pilbara Junior Soccer Association. He was later manager of the State Under-14 team, assisted Ron Tindall in establishing coaching courses in the Pilbara, refereed in the area and was president of the senior Pilbara Soccer Association. He was awarded Life Membership of the Junior Soccer Assoication in 1985.

Barbara Rogoysky (inducted 1996)

Barbara Rogoysky was one of those administrators worked tirelessly worked for the game for almost thirty years. She started with Stirling juniors in 1972 and quickly became a member of the State Junior Administration and from 1985 was also the State junior registrar still holding those positions when she was inducted into the Hall of Recognition in 1996.

David Schrandt (inducted 2008)

Born in Holland in 1946, David Schrandt grew up in Perth and was a goalkeeper and later a striker with Morley Windmills and East Fremantle Tricolore. He was a founding member and later president of Canning Corinthians. In 1994 he was installed as president of the Professional Soccer Federation and later fronted Soccer West Coast. Schrandt was also president of State ruling body, the Soccer Administration of WA, for a spell. He was inducted posthumously into the Hall of Recognition.

Salvatore 'Sam' Scuito (inducted 2002)

Born in Sicily in 1920, Sam Scuito landed in WA in 1952. He settled in Geraldton in 1957, and until his death in 1995 he was the face of football in the coastal town. A founder member of the La Fiamma club in 1959, Sam was goalkeeper, coach and club manager. He also instigated the formation of junior football in Geraldton and later a women’s competition. When La Fiamma joined the State League, Sam was often called on to drive the bus to Perth. He laid most of the bricks in building the clubhouse and the arena was named ‘The Salvatore Scuito Stadium’ in his honour.

Janette Spencer (inducted 2016)

Janette was President of Women’s Soccer WA for eight years, Director of Development for the Australian Womens Soccer Association and the first acting chair of the FFA’s Women’s Standing Committee. She played at state level during the late 1980s. She spent 10 years with the Department of Sport and Recreation primarily as a sport consultant to some 22 State Sport Associations. She is a board member of Football West and still plays as a veteran.

Roy Stedman (inducted 1996)

Roy Stedman was the referee’s referee. He started off as a player with South Perth only for a serious knee injury to curtail his playing career. He took up the whistle in 1954 and remained at the top for eighteen years. He was on the FIFA panel from 1970 and filled the position of president of the Referees Association for some time. He officiated at many important State matches including the first visit to WA by Manchester United. He made his international refereeing debut in the match against the Heart of Midlothian in 1959.

Doug Stewart (inducted 2012)

Doug Stewart was born in Burma and represented that country at international level before coming to Western Australia in 1954. He won titles with North Perth as a player, and added another with Tricolore. He was selected 11 times for the State, played for Australia twice and also coached Western Australia on seven occasions. Stewart coached Tricolore to two league titles and Azzurri to a league double and the D’Orsogna Cup. He continued coaching after moves to Sydney and Canberra, and later developed schools programmes in Queensland.

Mike Tetlow (inducted 2016)

Manchester-born Mike led WA in over 50 games as State team coach for the the Under-14, 15, 18, 21 and Amateurs. He won the Lion City Cup in Singapore with the Under-14s, made the Australian national championship semi-finals with the Under-15s and won a tournament with the Under-21s in 2004. Mike also coached the Rockingham City senior side and was assistant coach with Stirling Macedonia and Fremantle City, winning many titles, including eight in three years with Maceys.

Eric Thomas (inducted 2008)

Born in the UK, Eric Thomas arrived in WA in 1969 and for over 35 years has been an integral part of the refereeing scene. His many first-class appointments include running the line for State-Moscow Dynamo game of 1971, countless amateur Cup finals and Women’s National Championships, Junior Soccer Association finals, the annual Country and Metro week tournament as well as numerous club and school carnivals. He received life-membership of the women’s organisation in 1998.

Ron Tindall (inducted 2002)

Ron Tindall, a former Chelsea, West Ham United, Reading and Portsmouth player – and Portsmouth manager – made a big impact on the coahing ethos of the game in WA. He was appointed State Director of Coaching for ten years (1977-1987) and at the same time was State coach, taking the team away to the Marah Halim tournament in Indonesia in 1977. Later he was appointed caretaker State Director of Coaching. Ron also made a name for himself in English cricket as a professional with Surrey at the same time as internationals Tony Lock and Peter Loader, both of whom migrated to WA in the 1960’s. Ron, who died in 2012, received the Order of Australia for his services to sport in 2008.

John Van Hoek (inducted 2002)

John Van Hoek devoted himself to the world game almost from the day he arrived in WA from his native Holland in 1966. He was the initial chairman of the Bayswater United Junior soccer club, coached the Ashfield seniors, coached Espanol in the amateur leagues and coached WA to national titles held in Perth in the State’s 150th year. He was elected president of the Ashfield club in 1981 and served on the executive of the Professional Soccer Federation and involved himself each year with Country Week. He died in July, 2016.

John Venn (inducted 2005)

An Englishman who arrived in Australia in 1962, John Venn was the second president of the Soccer Federation of WA (1971-1979) – but he initially made his mark in 1967 when he was instrumental in founding the Western Australian Amateur Soccer Association (WAASA). He assumed the presidency of the Federation following turmoil at the highest level of the administration and brought peace and prosperity to the code during the 1970’s with an efficient Federation board of administrators. During his presidency he helped bring to fruition the Perth Amateur and Social Soccer Association (PASSA) that further expanded the code in WA.

Alan Vest (inducted 1996)

Alan Vest is WA’s most successful coach having been in control of the State side on 21 occasions and guiding them to 16 victories – all between 1974 and 1976. Among his successes was WA’s win over Glasgow Rangers (1975) and two successive Indonesian Marah Halim tournaments in 1975 and 1976. In a career of forty years Vest was a player, captain of New Zealand (1971-1974) and either a Director of Coaching or coach in WA, New South Wales, England and Malaysia. In 2001 he was appointed assistant coach to Mich d’Avray of Perth Glory – during which time the team twice won the NSL title – and he later held the senior coaching reins for a spell.

John Ward (inducted 2005)

John Ward arrived in Western Australia in 1977 and successfully coached Kingsway Olympic, Floreat Athena, Bayswater Inter and Spearwood Dalmatinac to a combined total of two League championships, three Top Four Cups and two Night Series’. He coached the State side in games against Vardar, Red Star Belgrade, Norwich City, A.C. Milan, Northern Ireland and Selangor. One of Ward’s major achievements was winning the national youth cup with the State Youth team in 1986, finishing third in 1989, and second in 1991. He was appointed state director of coaching in 1991, a position he holds today making him the longest serving director.

Bob Watson (inducted 2002)

Bob Watson’s football career started in 1954 with Fremantle City as a player and for ten years as the club’s chairman, treasurer and secretary/treasurer. After this he joined the old Association as an administrator and until 2000 was involved with referees, officiating in more than 1200 game (1965-1995) as well as being match allocator for Soccer West Coast, Ladies soccer, juniors and High Schools competition. He was also on the Junior Referees Committee (1981-1985) and prepared the accounts for SAWA from their creation to the end.

Eric Williams (inducted 2005)

An England Under-18 amateur international, Eric Williams played several seasons with Spearwood Dalmatinac before turning his hand to coaching at North Perth Croatia in 1988. Time with Spearwood Dalmatinac saw that club capture the association Cup and Night Series titles, and a spell at Floreat Athena preceded his appointment as State coach. His record with the State side is impressive – of eighteen games Western Australia won nine (including games against West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Indonesia), drew three and lost six. He went back to club level with Stirling Lions and Swan I.C. who he steered to the 1999 First Division title.

David Woodfin (inducted 2002)

David Woodfin was the lifeblood of the Queens Park club to such an extent that the club’s new pavilion is named in his honour. He worked tirelessly in many guises for the game in WA including five years (1987-1992) as a board member of the Soccer Federation of WA and Soccer West Coast. He hosted and organised annual coaching clinics for juniors from all over the metropolitan area as well as schools competitions. He was awarded the Sportsman of the Year title in 1986 by PASSA (now WAASSA). The Sports Federation of WA honoured him 1988 with the award of Sports Administrator of the Year and the City of Canning named him their Citizen of the Year in 1992. He died in 2009.