Football West would like to acknowledge the great contribution to the game made by Ted Gray, who sadly passed away this week.
Aside from being one of WA football’s most colourful characters, Ted also had a terrific impact on the game’s administration from the grassroots to the state pinnacle.
After serving in the British Navy, where he started creating his famous, often corny, poems, he played for Cheshunt in what was then the London League and won a championship medal in 1949.
His involvement in WA football began soon after he arrived in Perth when he formed Gosnells Soccer Club in 1969.
After time as secretary of the Amateur Soccer Association, he commenced an extremely successful career as Executive Officer of the Soccer Federation of WA. He once proudly boasted that he was able to gain a major sponsor for every year he was in that role (1974-88).
Ted and his wife Iris moved to New South Wales in 1997. He was inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame (Hall of Recognition) in 2002.
Ted was 90 when he passed away after a long illness.