Highlights 1990-Onwards

A potted history of the major happenings in the game in Western Australia from 1990 to the modern day.

Perth Glory Women

1990

Perth Italia’s Peter Murphy scores nine times in the 10-1 win over Kwinana United to equal the post-war record set by John McInroy in 1959.

1990

John Hunter

It’s a memorable years for John Hunter who wins the Gold Medal and Golden Boot awards. The Floreat Athena striker gets five hat-tricks on his way to scoring 31 goals from 17 games.

1991

A split in the ranks leads to the formation of the Professional Soccer League of Western Australia, which run the Super League in parallel to the Soccer Federation of Western Australia’s Premier League.

1991

Tony Carbone captains Australia at the Under-17 World Championship in Italy. Vas Kalogeracos, scorer of four goals in the qualifiers, is also part of the Joeys squad which bows out in the quarter-finals to Argentina.

1992

1995 Western Australia State squad

On 6th June Western Australia surge to a shock 3-2 win over German side Werder Bremen, who had won the European Cup Winners Cup two weeks previously. The hometown goalscorers are Stan Lazaridis, Tony Carbone and Carl McDarby.

1993

A new governing body for the game in Western Australia – the Professional Soccer Federation – comes into effect. Two years later they change their operating name to Soccer West Coast.

1993

Perth referee  Marilyn Learmont becomes the first woman to officiate in a National Soccer League match when she runs the line in the West Adelaide-Brisbane Strikers clash on 21 February.

1994

The newly-formed Perth Kangaroos are unbeaten throughout the season to win the inaugural Singapore League. Paul Strudwick is the league’s joint top scorer with 16 goals.

1994

Attacker Lizzy Claydon and goalkeeper Tracey Wheeler are selected in the first Australian women’s squad to tour Europe.

1995

Stan Lazaridis and Bobby Despotovski are on target as the State team triumphs 2-1 over English club Nottingham Forest at the WACA Ground.

1996

Referee Eddie Lennie is awarded his FIFA Badge in January and five months later is one of 16 officials at the Atlanta Olympic Games, where he takes charge of three games.

1996

1996/97 Perth Glory squad

Perth Glory enters the National Soccer League and finishes a creditable seventh on the ladder in their inaugural season.

1996

Gary Marocchi, by this time coach of Perth Glory, becomes the first soccer player to be inducted into the WAIS Hall of Champions, joining the likes of cricketer Dennis Lillee and runner Herb Elliott on the honour board.

1996

100 Years Soccer in WA logo

The Western Australian Football Hall of Fame is established, initially to celebrate 100 years of football in Western Australia.

1998

Eddie Lennie

Eddie Lennie is named amongst 32 referee’s for the World Cup finals tournament in France. He officiates the Italy-Cameroon and Romania-Tunisia fixtures before being fourth official for Morocco vs Norway.

1998

Stirling Macedonia defender Andy Wright collects the Gold Medal as the league’s best player for the second time in 12 months. The previous year he shared the award with Spearwood Dalmatinac attacker Paul Lincoln.

2000

Perth Glory finish on top of the National Soccer League to win the 1999/2000 Minor Premiership for the first time, only to lose the Grand Final a few weeks later on penalties to Wollongong Wolves.

2002

Robert Zabica

Fremantle City’s Robert Zabica collects his fourth Goalkeeper of the Year award. The one-time Socceroo previously won the prize with Spearwood Dalmatinac (1995), Bayswater City (1999) and Inglewood United (2000).

2003

Perth Glory win the National Soccer League Grand Final for the first time, beating the Olympic Sharks 2-0 at Subiaco Oval courtesy of goals from Jamie Harnwell and Damian Mori.

2004

Lisa De Vanna makes her international debut for Australia in the 2-0 friendly defeat of New Zealand in Brisbane.

2004

Nik Mrdja comes off the bench to score the only goal of the 2003/04 National Soccer League Grand Final in which Perth Glory overcome favourites Parramatta Power 1-0 at a rain-drenched Parramatta Stadium.

2004

Football West replaces Soccer West Coast as the game’s governing body. All facets of the code – mens, womens, juniors, semi-professional, amateur, etc – now come under the one umbrella.

2004

2004 Western Waves squad portraits

Western Waves become the first Western Australian women’s team to compete in the national league. The Waves, captained by Tanya Oxtoby and coached by Alistair Edwards, play only half the season for financial reasons.

2005

Collette McCallum

Midfielder Collette McCallum is just 19 years of age when he makes her Australia debut against China.

2005

Katanning-born goalkeeper Lydia Williams gains her first appearance for the national women’s team in the 3-0 friendly loss to South Korea.

2006

Bobby Despotovski

Bobby Despotovski collects the 2005/06 Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League’s player of the year. The 35-year old striker also shares the Golden Boot award.

2006

Stan Lazaridis is included in Australia’s squad for the World Cup finals in Germany, but doesn’t feature in any of the games. Later in the year he makes his 60th and final ‘A’ international appearance against Paraguay.

2010

Australia win the mid-year Women’s Asian Cup with local trio Lisa De Vanna, Collette McCallum and Samantha Kerr all playing their part in the teams’ success.

2010

Richard Garcia

Richard Garcia becomes the first West Australian to appear in a World Cup finals match when he starts in the opening group game against Germany. Another local, Nikita Rukavytsya, replaces Garcia after half-time.

2011

Perth SC win their fourth successive Grand Final by thrashing Sorrento 7-0. Strike partners David Onoforo and Andres Oliveira score two apiece with Robert Sciascia, Josh Wilkins and Adam Bachiller splitting the rest.

2012

Perth Glory lose the 2011/12 A-League Grand Final, in controversial circumstances to Brisbane Roar.

2012

Richard Kreider

Respected football historian Richard Kreider publishes his 800-page tome ‘Paddocks to Pitches: the definitie history of Western Australia football’.

2013

Gustavo Giron-Marulanda collects a third straight Golden Boot award after netting 18 regular season goals for Bayswater City. The Colombian striker will finish top of the scorers charts for a fourth time in 2015.

2014

Records tumble as Perth Glory win the 2013/14 W-League. The team achieves a new record of points gained in a single season (30) while Kate Gill’s five-goal haul vs Western Sydney Wanderers is the most scored by a single player in a W-league game.

2014

Adam Taggart makes his World Cup finals debut for Australia when he comes off the bench against the Netherlands in Brazil. Five days later he starts the Socceroos third and final group stage fixture against Spain.

2015

Lisa De Vanna plays her 100th game for Australia against the United States of America at the Women’s World Cup in Spain.

2015

Bayswater City

Bayswater City claims the National Premier League title by completing the home and away series without loss, winning 19 and drawing three of 22 games.

2016

Stirling Lions’ David Micevski wins his second Gold Medal. The midfielder was first voted the league’s best player in 2009 when at Western Knights.

2018

Trent Sainsbury

Trent Sainsbury becomes the third West Australian to captain Australia at senior international level when he leads to side against the Czech Republic on 1 June. Josh Risdon is also part of the Socceroos side which registers a 4-0 win.

2018

Trent Sainsbury and Josh Risdon play every minute of Australia’s three games – against France, Denmark and Peru – at the World Cup finals tournament in Russia. Fellow sandgropers Brad Jones, Nikita Rukavytsya and Aleksandar Susnjar are also part of the Socceroos squad.

2019

For the second year in a row the Gold Medal is presented to Bayswater City’s Daryl Nicol. The attacker won the prize twelve months early after starring for ECU Joondalup, where he hit 24 goals.

2020

Inglewood United’s Alex Dunn is named Goalkeeper of the Year for the third time in as many years. On each occasion he shares the award, with Jason Saldaris (Floreat Athena) in both 2018 and 2019 and Luke Radonich (Cockburn City) in 2020.

2021

2021 11 Sam Kerr Ballon Dor 3rd Place

Samantha Kerr places third in the prestigious Ballon d’Or Feminin award, which recognises the world’s best female footballer. It comes just two months after she makes her 100th appearance for Australia.

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