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Vale Loui Andrioff

The Football Hall of Fame WA is saddened to hear of the passing of former State team representative Loui Andrioff. A former Olympic and Azzurri forward, Loui passed away on 29 March 2023, aged 74.

Born in Bapchor, Macedonia, Loui arrived in Western Australia in early 1956 and initially settled in the Swan Valley with his grandfather. The following year he moved to Perth and soon after began playing junior football with Olympic, who were based at Maccabean Memorial Park in Yokine.

1963 Western Australia State Sub Junior Team
Loui Andrioff (middle row, far right) with the 1964 West Australian Sub-Junior squad

A skilful winger, Loui gained selection in the 1963 High School Association’s Under-15 squad for their five-game tour of South East Asia. The following year he turned out for the State Sub-Junior team that faced a New South Wales side representing Granville District.

Loui’s progression at club level was equally as swift; he become one of the youngest players to make their senior debut for the club and, aged 16, was named Olympic’s Fairest and Best player following a stellar 1965 campaign. Although he preferred to play at outside-right, Loui was often used on the opposite flank due to his talents with both feet.

1966 Western Australia Vs As Roma
Loui Andrioff (back row, second from right) with the 1966 West Australian squad that played AS Roma

Senior State honours arrived in 1966 when Loui donned the gold and black of Western Australia against Italian side AS Roma. Two years later he featured against Cardiff City and was a member of the squad which placed third at the prestigious Merdeka Tournament in Malaysia.

Loui considered the five-seasons he spent at star-studded Azzurri as amongst the most enjoyavble of his playing days. Amongst his silverware from the period were several Division One champions, D’Orsogna Cup, Top Five Cup and Night Series winners medals.

The Football Hall of Fame WA extends our condolences to the Andrioff family.

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