Last weekend’s 3 In One Market was a resounding success for the Football Hall of Fame WA. Over 5,000 people attended the two-day event which showcased the wares of 300-plus stallholders in the areas of antiques and collectables, handmade crafts, vintage clothes and homewares.
The Hall of Fame presented a museum-style display of Western Australian football memorabilia – spanning the 1920s through to the modern day – as way of introducing the general public to the rich and diverse history of the round ball code in our State.
“The 3 In One Market was our first step in taking the Hall of Fame to the wider community,” explained Hall of Fame president Elizabeth Re. “One of our goals in attending was to connect with those in the community that have football in their or their familys’ past and, for whatever reasons, have drifted away from the game.”
“The response to our display was incredibly positive and we received several offers of items of memorabilia that we hope to one day display in a dedicated football museum. Additionally, there was considerable interest in what the Hall of Fame is about and what we are doing to preserve and promote the history of football in WA.”
One of the highlights of the weekend was the number of people who shared their football stories with the attending committee members. Those memories included representing the school team in a grand final, refereeing in Asia, coaching women’s football at Queens Park, cheering the home team from the sidelines at Dalmatinac Park in the 1980s and many, many more.
Another pleasing outcome from the weekend was a discussion with a representative from a local history organisation, who said he was inspired by Hall of Fames’ display of memorabilia and congratulated us on “a job well done”.