The Football Hall of Fame WA’s profile has been lifted another notch with our attendance at last weekend’s 3 In One Market. Over 5,000 people attended the two-day event at Claremont Showgrounds where the wares of 300-plus stallholders in the areas of antiques and collectables, handmade crafts, vintage clothes and homewares were on show.
Amongst the sellers was the Hall of Fames’ unique museum-style display of football artefacts – spanning the 1950s through to the modern era – as way of raising the publics’ awareness of the not-for-profit organisation as well as highlighting the rich and textured history of the round ball code in Western Australia.
“The 3 In One Market is a key initiative in the Hall of Fame’s commitment to engaging with the non-football community,” explained president Elizabeth Re, who attended the event along with fellow committee members Penny Tanner, Paul McVittie, Vince Matassa, Alf Debono and Brett Klucznik.
“Football has been played in Western Australia for 125 years and there are a lot of people that have our game in their family’s past. Some have stayed with the game but many others have drifted away, and by re-connecting with that latter group we can add further colour to the history of football in our great state.”
The committee was blown away by the number of people who shared and explored their football histories across the weekend, amongst them a former bootmaker who discussed how he made and repaired football boots in the 1950s. Another standout was a pair of young girls who spotted their grandfather in an old Azzurri team photograph!
Other cherished memories included playing in the oh-so-spicey Kwinana United-Rockingham City derbies, being chased off the pitch at Dorrien Gardens by a spectator brandishing an umbrella, coaching at Osborne Park Galeb and the trials and tribulations of trying out for English club Bristol City.