East Fremantle Tricolore Reunion
THE former players and coaching staff of East Fremantle Tricolore are holding a reunion on Sunday, July 5, 2015.
The get-together will be held at the South Beach Hotel, 396 South Terrace, South Fremantle from 2pm to 6pm.
A small cover charge will apply, while drinks can be purchased at the bar.
"We already have over 70 people who said they will attend - and we are hoping to get many more," said former Tricolore player Alf Blackmore who is one of the event organisers.
Tricolore was one of WA's most successful State League clubs until merging with Perth Azzurri and Balcatta Etna in 1987 to form Perth Italia with the idea of applying for admission to the National Soccer League.
That did not eventuate and Perth Italia has in turn evolved into the current club Perth Soccer Club.
Tricolore, which these days only has junior teams, was most successful as a senior semi-pro side in the 1960s and 1970s.
The club won three successive State League titles from 1963 to 1965. It was also champions in 1970 and 1972.
The D'Orsogna Cup was another event that Tricolore excelled in, winning in 1961, 1962, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1978 and 1979.
The club's most most famous player was John McInroy, one of the greatest goalscorers in WA history, notching the top striker award in five successive seasons in the 1960s.
John was inducted into the Hall of Fame WA's Hall of Champions in 1996 and was elevated to the Hall of Legends in 2005.
Another top player to have emerged from Tricolore is former Australian international goalkeeper Tony Franken, who came through the junior ranks before accepting a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport. Tony's father, Frank Franken, was also a goalkeeper with the club.
Some of the other notable players to have worn the Tricolore colours include Hugh Miller, Dave Roxby, Graham Oughton, Mike Ireson, Geoff Cole, Eric Edmonds, Peter Atkinson, Peter Murphy, David Jones, Nick McCallum, Mike Smith, Doug Stewart and John O'Connell, who are all members of the Hall of Fame.
The late Lou Ricci, who went on to be the president of the State ruling body Soccer Administration of WA, was the president of Tricolore for many years. Lou is pictured with the State League champions flag and the Top Teams Cup in 1970.
Former players and supporters who are interested in attending the reunion should register their interest by June 18.
This can be achieved by contacting any of the following:
Alf Blackmore 0410 145666;
Jeff Lewis 0412 774425;
John Poleykett 0417 182948;
Enzo Magro 0412 262518.