The Football Hall of Fame Western Australia is pleased to announce the recruitment of Vince Matassa to the Executive Committee. A former Australia youth international, Vince is honoured to join the not-for-profit volunteer organisation whose aim it is to promote, preserve and protect the history of the game in WA
“It’s a great honour to be on the Hall of Fame executive,” said Vince, who is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. “I am extremely grateful to the existing committee members, who have been working tirelessly to re-build the Hall of Fame profile with quite limited resources, for inviting me to join the team.”
“Football provided me a lot of experiences as a player and now it’s my turn to give something back to the game. The Hall of Fame is all about remembering and celebrating our State’s footballing past. I want to help increase the level of awareness and appreciation for the Hall of Fame within the wider community, which goes beyond the football supporters.”
“Our state’s football history is quite amazing when you think about the number of great players and many big names from world famous clubs that have called WA their home over the years. It should be something that brings pride to West Australians of all ages but currently much of this knowledge is limited to too few and almost no one from the younger generation.”
“Trying to find a way to get this message across to this younger generation is certainly a big challenge. Ultimately, I really want that the young players coming through to understand the world-class achievements of the many Western Australian players before them and have them recognise that they continuing on this tradition.”
Vince is well known to the local football community. A Melville City junior, he played for Perth Italia as a teenager and spent a year honing his talents at the Australian Institute of Sport. He played a key role with the Young Socceroos side that placed fourth at the 1993 Under-20 World Youth Championship alongside fellow West Australians Tony Carbone and Marc Wingell.
Vince was part of the history-making Perth Kangaroos side that stormed their way to the 1994 S-League championship without loss. A move into the National Soccer League took him to Morwell Falcons, where he played 22 games, before returning home to be part of the 1996/97 Glory side and gaining a further 11 national league appearances.
During a three-season stint abroad Vince turned out for English clubs Basingstoke Town, Salisbury City and Woking. He commenced a second spell with Glory in late 2001 and across three seasons collected two NSL Premiers and two NSL Champions medals. Vince finished his playing days in 2004 by being crowned Goalkeeper of the Year after starring with Stirling Lions.