RIP Gordon Banks, a true great of the game

ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who thrilled WA fans when playing in Perth in 1973, has died. He passed away on February 12 at the age of 81 following a battle with cancer.more

Farewell Eddy, one of WA's most loveable characters

ONE of the great characters of WA football, Eddy Czekalowski, has passed away. He died on December 27 at the age of 80.more

Top referee whistling up a recruitment campaign

FOOTBALL West has launched its referees recruitment campaign for 2019 with a slick promotional video inviting football lovers to “Come On – Give It A Go”.more

Sam Kerr goes from grinning youngster to global superstar

WHO would have thought 11 years ago that the girl with the cheeky smile, pictured second from the left on the front row of the Under-15 State girls team, would one day be amongst the world's best.more

RIP Frank Smerilli, a stunning striker

IT IS with much sadness that the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA passes on its condolences to the family of former West Australian State team and Spearwood Dalmatinac striker Frank Smerilli, who died on November 24 at the age of 63.more

Sainsbury takes over from a WA Football Legend

TRENT Sainsbury has replaced Football Hall of Fame Legend Gary Marocchi as the WA-born player who has captained the Australian international team on the most occasions.more

A Devil of a record in the offing at Optus Stadium

WHEN Manchester United visited WA for the first time on June 27, 1967 their clash with the State team attracted what was then a record football crowd of 20,600 at the WACA Ground.more

WA football devastated by 'war to end all wars'

THE 100th anniversary of the end of World War One (1914-18) will provoke poignant memories for one WA football club in particular. Caledonians, founded by the Fremantle Caledonian Society in 1913, was devastated by the "war to end all wars" when eight of its first team players were killed in the tragic events in Europemore

Death of a Chelsea legend who wooed the WACA

KEN SHELLITO, a classy right back who played for Chelsea against the WA State team in an international challenge contest at the WACA Ground in 1965, has died at the age of 78 at his home in Malaysia.more

A slice of WA football history is re-discovered

THE DISCOVERY of an old Annual Report of the Junior Soccer Association of Western Australia has led to another discovery...that of three WA youngsters making history in the first FIFA Under-16 World Cup finals.more

Inductees get chance to see Glory in action

THANKS to Perth Glory, Football Hall of Fame WA inductees have the chance to see WA's only A-League team in action at nib stadium this season.more

The Ager Cup - up there with the best

ONE of WA football's least-known trophies, the Ager Cup, is sharing pride of place with some of WA sport's best-known awards in the lavish memorabilia display at the new Optus Stadium.more

Welcome to Alex Vagliviello

FORMER Perth Azzurri player, State junior representative and leading amateur administrator Alex Vagliviello has been appointed a Committee member of the Football Hall of Fame WA.more

WA State trio treading in famous footsteps

THREE sons of three famous fathers made history when turning out for the WA State team in a challenge game against A-League side Perth Glory, who won 5-2 on a wet and wild night at the Plasterboard Centre Stadium in Inglewood on August 1.more

Re-writing the football record books

THE 55,522 hardy souls who braved driving rain and wind to watch English superteam Chelsea beat Perth Glory 1-0 at Optus Stadium on July 23 constituted a record attendance for a football match in WA.more

Triple taste of history at Optus Stadium

THERE is multi-sporting history galore on display in Perth's new Optus Stadium - but no item arguably more significant than the photograph of the WA State football team line-up of 1955.more

Hall of Famers included as Knights heroes

WESTERN Knights recently celebrated the club's 50th anniversary by announcing their Team of the Half Century - and it included Football Hall of Fame Legend Robbie Dunn.more

Date with Chelsea for WA stars of yesteryear

WA STATE team stars of yesteryear will be feted by the State Government at a special function before Perth Glory's blockbuster international challenge against English superteam Chelsea at Optus Stadium on July 23.more

Bernd is back in the coaching firing line

PERTH Glory's favourite son, Bernd Stange, is literally back in the firing line as a coach - this time with the Syrian national team.more

Elizabeth Re continues family link to the Hall of Fame

ELIZABETH Re, the daughter of former Soccer Federation of WA president Julius Re, has been recruited as a Committee member of the Football Hall of Fame WA.more

WA launched Wilkins on the world stage

RAY 'Butch' Wilkins, who burst on to the world stage as a bustling teenage midfielder the last time Chelsea were in Perth in 1974, has died at the age of 61.more

Perth SC celebrates 70 glorious years

PERTH Soccer Club marked its 70th anniversary with an impressive celebration involving great players of the past and present and a stunning display of memorabilia at Dorrien Gardens on March 16.more

Legends on display at Optus Stadium

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA Legends Gary Marocchi and Sandra Brentnall were amongst those feted by the State Government at the official opening of the Sports Memorabilia section of Optus Stadium on March 15.more

The Legendary Ron still has it at 87!

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA Legend Ron Adair has proved that he can still pull on a pair of football boots and strutt his stuff - even at the grand old age of 87!more

Vale Harry Croft, a powerhouse of the junior set-up

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA inductee Harry Croft, who was President of the WA Junior Soccer Association for over 20 years, died on January 23 at the age of 91.more

RIP John Birighitti, a coach to be admired

JOHN Birighitti, who coached Bobby Charlton when the Manchester United star was a guest player with Perth Azzurri in 1980, has died. He passed away at the age of 76 on January 20 following a courageous battle with cancer.more

Fans helped WA make headlines at Old Trafford

SEVERAL members of the Manchester United Supporters Club of Western Australia took part in the Football Hall of Fame's 21st birthday celebrations on December 12.more

Great memories at Hall of Fame birthday celebrations

THE Football Hall of Fame WA marked its 21st birthday on December 12 with a celebratory dinner attended by a gathering of some of the State's greatest players, who also enjoyed a wonderful stroll down memory lane with a former Manchester United star.more

Vaughan steals Prospero's thunder!

ALTHOUGH Football Hall of Fame chairman Louis Prospero scored the goal of the match, he was upstaged by former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan who showed he still possesses a keen competitive edge when he led Western Australia's old rivals to victory in the traditional Football Ashes contest at Dorrien Gardens on December 12.more

Hall of Fame's 21 years of great achievement

THE FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA will celebrate its 21st birthday at a special anniversary function to be held at Dorrien Gardens on Tuesday, December 12.more

RIP Kevin Correia, a terrific striker

FORMER WA State team and Fremantle City striker Kevin Correia has died. He passed away on November 15 at the age of 38.more

The Ashes football battle is on again

By Richard Kreider
THE Football Hall of Fame WA is once again delighted to catch up with our good friends the England Ashes cricket media in a social football game at Dorrien Gardens on December 12.more

United star will join in Hall of Fame festivities

FORMER Manchester United and Scotland left back Francis Burns will be a Special Guest at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 21st birthday festivities at Dorrien Gardens on December 12.more

The day the State team had a Devil of a time

WHEN did the West Australian State team become Manchester United? The answer is on August 15, 1967, in front of 18,000 people at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.more

Football family wishes Roy a speedy recovery

ONE of WA's great referees, Roy Stedman, made world headlines 50 years ago when he sent off the legendary Denis Law in Manchester United's international challenge against the WA State team at the WACA Ground on June 27, 1967.more

When WA made history in the Merdeka Cup

IT'S 50 years since the West Australian State team made history by becoming the first Australian representative side to take part in a tournament in Asia.more

Williams returns to join in the celebrations

FORMER State team coach Eric Williams, who has just returned to Australia after 15 years coaching in South-East Asia, will be a special guest at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 21st birthday celebrations at Dorrien Gardens on December 12.more

Preserving the Devils historic trip to WA

A RARE Pennant that was presented to the WA State team by Manchester United during the English club's Australian tour 50 years ago has been discovered.more

Our tribute to Bobby Charlton at 80

SIR BOBBY Charlton celebrated his 80th birthday on October 11. He is arguably Manchester United and England's greatest player - but he also has a special place in the hearts of football fans in Western Australia.more

Happy 21st for the WA State team 'millionaires'

IT'S 21 years since the WA State team, captained by former Socceroo goalkeeper and Football Hall of Fame Legend Robbie Zabica, performed for an audience of approximately 60 million.more

Honours for Football West Life Members

SEVERAL Football Hall of Fame WA inductees were amongst those who had their contributions to the game formally recognised by Football West at a ceremony on August 2.more

Farewell Les Murray - humble, gentle, funny, icon...

AUSTRALIAN football broadcasting icon Les Murray, who was a Special Guest Speaker at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th anniversary last November, has died. He passed away on July 31 at the age of 71.more

New Perth Stadium will honour football's history

THE history of Western Australian football, which is over 120 years old, won't be overlooked when the new Perth Stadium is up and running in early 2018.more

RIP Peter Giorgi, a true blue Azzurri

FORMER State team player and Perth Azzurri stalwart Peter Giorgi has died. He passed away on June 22 and was buried a week later on what would have been his 71st birthday.more

Rockingham set a Champion example

TAKE a bow Rockingham City! The WA State League club has made history by celebrating the considerable achievements of many of its former players and coaches...and in doing so has set an example that other WA clubs might follow.more

Glory members salute the Hall of Fame inductees

FIVE members of the Football Hall of Fame WA have been included in Perth Glory's Ultimate X1 to celebrate the club's 20th anniversary.more

Volunteering for football - and its history

MEMBERS of the Football Hall of Fame WA Committee were among those honoured by Football West at a morning tea to celebrate National Volunteers Week.more

A slice of NSL history by the Jones boy!

ON APRIL 2, 2017, we commemorated 40 years to the day the National Soccer League kicked off at Manuka Oval in the ACT with a game between Canberra City and West Adelaide, which ended in a 3-1 win to the visitors.more

20th Anniversary Induction Night 2016

WHAT a Great Night, if you weren't there, this is what you missed.more

A Glorious tribute to the 2016 inductees

PERTH Glory paid tribute to the 2016 Football Hall of Fame WA inductees at the A-League game against Newcastle Jets at nib stadium on December 10.more

When the Falcons swooped for a rare treat...

IT HAS been a huge year of anniversaries...Perth Glory, Football West and the Football Hall of Fame all celebrating milestones...but one which has received scant attention is the 20th anniversary of Inglewood's only State League championship success.more

A touch of history with all the new inductees

IT WAS history all the way as 32 newcomers were inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA at the 20th anniversary gala dinner celebration at Crown Perth on November 26.more


WHAT a night! There were hugs, tears, laughter, tension, several touches of sadness - and a kissing policewoman. The 20th Anniversary of the Football Hall of Fame WA had it all.more

Vale Ray Ilott - an Australian and WA champion

FORMER Australian and State team star Ray Ilott has died. He passed away on Sunday, November 27, following a long battle with cancer. He was 68.more

Alan Vest now officially a Legend

ALAN Vest, Western Australia's most successful State team coach, was added to the Hall of Legends at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on Saturday, November 26.more

RIP Dave Brooks - a State team star

FOOTBALL West has announced the death of WA State team representative Dave Brooks.more

Bernd's back, and he's still a very hot item

IT IS 15 years since Bernd Stange left Western Australia, but the former Perth Glory coach is still much in demand.more

Celebrities galore for the induction night

FORMER East German international Harald Irmscher is the latest celebrity to confirm he will be attending the Football Hall of Fame WA 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more

The Marocchi Tradition Continues

THE Marocchi family have been synonymous with football in Western Australia for close on 70 years.more

Hall of Fame to honour four women

FOUR women will be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA at the 20th anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more

Posthumous tributes to Tombides and Davies

TWO posthumous awards will be made at the Football Hall of Fame WA 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth on November 26.more

Mickey Brennan's Unique Double

FORMER Manchester City player Mickey Brennan can claim a special place in WA football history. He is considered to be the only person to have coached the winners of both the State League title and the State Amateur league championship.more

Vale Richard Kuzimski

RICHARD Kuzimski, who was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA in 2005, died on October 4 after a short illness. He was 70.more


STEVE Hawkins will make history when he becomes the first former Armadale semi-pro player to be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA at the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more


WA'S LEADING football historian, Richard Kreider, snapped up a bit of history at nib stadium on Saturday, October 8.more

Perth stars set to be honoured

WHAT has been a memorable year for Perth Soccer Club will be capped off when many former players are inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA at the 20th anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more

RIP Rita Richardson

RITA Richardson, who was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA in 2008, has died at the age of 71.
She passed away on September 25 after a battle with cancer.more

Bernd Stange A Special Guest At The Anniversary

FORMER Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange will be a Special Guest Speaker at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night on November 26.more

A Wonderful Walk Down Memory Lane

THE stars of yesteryear - many of them Football Hall of Fame WA inductees - were much in evidence at the Top Four Cup final between Perth SC and Inglewood United at Dorrien Gardens on September 10.more

A Unique Hat-Trick For Gary Marocchi

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA Legend Gary Marocchi can now lay claim to another legendary feat.more

An Anniversary Salute To Bobby Moore

IT'S 50 years since Bobby Moore was carried around the Wembley pitch with the World Cup trophy held aloft - and it's 35 years since the England Captain strutted his stuff in a series of games in Perth.more

Golden celebrations for golden whistler Barry

BARRY Harwood, one of WA's most decorated referees, is celebrating a double anniversary this year.more

Vale Peter Atkinson, a true gentleman of the game

PETER Atkinson, who was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA's Hall of Merit for Players in 2012, has died at the age of 82.more

Another Honour For Robbie Zabica

ROBBIE Zabica, WA's greatest goalkeeper, has chalked up a remarkable hat-trick of honours.more

RIP John Van Hoek, a great contributor

JOHN Van Hoek, one of WA football's most dedicated contributors in a variety of roles from coach to administrator to club president, died on July 20 at the age of 83.more

Les Murray Joins Hall of Fame Celebrations

AUSTRALIAN football broadcasting icon Les Murray will be a Special Guest Speaker at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.more


FOOTBALL West marked the 120th anniversary of the official foundation of the game in WA on the weekend of May 28/29 by taking out a full page advert in The West Australian newspaper to thank all the players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans who had contributed so much over the yearsmore

Anniversary of 120 years of football

THE 120th anniversary of the first official football games to be staged in Western Australia will be reached on May 30.more

Thanks Peter for a valuable contribution

FOOTBALL Hall of Fame WA chairman Louis Prospero has praised the achievements of outgoing Football West chief executive Peter Hugg, who recently resigned from the position.more


AFTER moving to Melbourne over two years ago, former Floreat Athena coach and England international John Sydenham is keen to re-establish his link with Western Australia.more

TMM Is Our New Major Sponsor

IT IS with great pleasure that the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA can announce that prominent West Australian company TMM (Traction and Mining Motor repairs) is the new major sponsor of the Hall of Fame.more

Bob Brown Now A Football West Life Member

BOB Brown, a former administrator, coach and Football Hall of Fame WA treasurer, has been made a Life Member of Football West.more

Vale Paul Sobek, one of WA's greatest

IT IS with great sadness that the Committee of the Football Hall of Fame WA has to report the death of Paul (Pawel) Sobek, one of the State's finest players.more

RIP Sergio Alfieri - a footballing Entertainer

FORMER State team striker Sergio Alfieri has died at the age of 68. He passed away on December 12 following a long battle with cancer.more

The Death Of An Australian Legend

JOE Marston, the grand old man of Australian football and the first genuine legend of the game Down Under, has died at the age of 89.more

Jimmy Pearson Honoured In World Cup Reunion

FORMER Inglewood coach Jimmy Pearson was among a group of former Socceroos stars to be hailed by Football Federation Australia in Sydney on November 16.more

The Beale Legacy Continues To Grow

BOB Beale, the son of original Hall of Fame committee member the late Alan Beale, has gone a long way to helping to preserve the history of the game in Western Australia.more

Lazaridis Joins WA's Sporting Greats

STAN Lazaridis has become only the second footballer to be inducted into the WA Institute of Sport's Hall of Champions.more

RIP Peter Dimopoulos, a great servant of Australia

PETER Dimopoulos, who was one of WA football's hardest-working and most committed coaches and administrators, died on August 23 at the age of 90.more

The Black Swan Flies Again

FOOTBALL West has given a valuable nod to the past - and helped protect the history of the game in WA - by resurrecting the Black Swan on State team jerseys.more

Re-living Tricolore's Good Old Days

THERE surely never was a more pleasant walk down memory lane than at the East Fremantle Tricolore Past Players Reunion at the South Beach Hotel in Fremantle on July 5.more

Vale Ross McGinn

ROSS McGinn, a stalwart of the very successful Stirling Macedonia team of the 1980s and early 90s, has died at the age of 53.more

English clubs salute WA stars

FORMER State team stars and Hall of Fame inductees Graham Normanton and Peter Holt have received the "superstar" treatment by their old clubs back in England.more

RIP John Davies - fine player, terrific coach

JOHN Davies, the successful coach to the WA State team, Spearwood Dalmatinac and Perth Azzurri during the 1980s, has died at the age of 67.more

Ernie and those heady days with Preston

ERNIE Hannigan, who died in Perth on May 21, was never forgotten in Lancashire in England where he played for Preston North End in the 1960s.more

Vale Ernie Hannigan - great player, wonderful character

ERNIE Hannigan, one of the legendary figures of WA football as a player and coach and a wonderfully exuberant character, died on May 21more

A Salute to Bob - One of the Original Builders

BOB Brown, one of the original Football Hall of Fame Committee members, has stepped down after nearly 20 years of dedication to preserving the history of the game in WA.more

Football West honours John O'Connell

JOHN O'Connell, the voice of WA football for many decades and a State team record-holder as a player, has been made a Life Member of the State's ruling body Football West.more

Celebrating a Year of Excellence

THIS year marks 40 years since Western Australia enjoyed what has become known as the State team's "Year of Excellence.more

Tony and Trent fly the WA flag

PERTH-BORN Trent Sainsbury wasn't the only West Australian to be a key figure in Australia's magnificent success in the 2015 Asian Cup. Tony Franken also played an important role for the Socceroos.more

WA's link to football's founding fathers

SPORTS historian Andy Mitchell has uncovered the Australian origins of one of the founders of English football - and he is a West Australian.more

Goodbye Peter and Barbara - Hello David and Barry

THE Football Hall of Fame WA has two new Committee members - David Mortimer and Barry Rogers.more

Super Sandra Honoured Again

WA LEGEND Sandra Brentnall has received another honour. She has been inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame.more

Richard's Epic Achievement

WESTERN Australian fans of football had been starved of information about its long and distinguished past owing to a dearth of written content...that was until WA Football Historian Richard Kreider’s current publication ‘Paddocks to Pitches’ hit the back of the net.more

The last of the history makers

MAC Hunter, the last surviving member of the WA State team that made history when winning the Southern States Carnival in Adelaide in 1948, has died.more

Football's Ten Commandments

WESTERN Australian football's "Ten Commandments" - tongue in cheek, of course - has just been unearthed following the discovery of a near-90-year-old programme for the first full international clash between the State team and England.more

A Passion for the Real Football

ROY Hay and Bill Murray, two Victoria-based academics and university lecturers, have a burning passion for the round ball game in a State dominated by a ball of a vastly different shape.more

Our Ashley Conquers The World!

CONGRATULATIONS are due to Ashley Morrison who is doing his bit to put Australia - and Western Australia, in particular - on the world football map.more

A Nice Cuppa Back On The Table

WHAT is possibly the oldest football trophy in Ireland has been unveiled to the public after being held in trust for the past 100 years. And maybe it should be the rallying call for a much-older - and more valuable - trophy that has been held by the West Australian Museum for over 50 years to also make a re-appearance.more

Callies and the Great War

THE start of commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One (1914-18) will provoke poignant memories for one WA football club in particular.more

A Glorious Anniversary

FOOTBALL Hall of Champions inductees Bobby Despotovski, Scott Miller and Shaun Murphy - plus coaching guru Alan Vest, who is a member of the Hall of Recognition - can be forgiven for feeling a bit nostalgic in 2014.more

Vale Zyggy Kramer

SIEGFRIED 'Zyggy" Kramer, one of WA football's best known identities and the man at the helm of Inglewood United for many decades, has died at the age of 76.more

A Roos-ing Reception!

THE 20th anniversary celebration of the Perth Kangaroos stunning triumph in the Singapore Premier League received a special kick-off when the Emeritus Archbishop of Perth, Barry Hickey, gave his formal blessing to the night’s proceedings at Dorrien Gardens on June 19.more

RIP Ted Gray

Football West would like to acknowledge the great contribution to the game made by Ted Gray, who sadly passed away this week.more
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