Inglewood Looking For Your Little Stories
HAVE you got a little story to tell about Inglewood Kiev, now known as Inglewood United. If so, the club would like to hear from you.
Brett Klucznik, Inglewood's media officer, is researching the history of the club - which was founded in 1951 by Alexander Minko and Igor Schorsch, migrants from Ukraine - and is looking for feedback from interested parties.
The club took its name from Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and the famous Dynamo Kiev team. Their playing colours of yellow and blue were adopted from the Ukrainian national flag in the late 1960s, although the clubs' original playing strip was all-black.
Kiev’s first competitive game was on 12 April 1953 when they claimed a 3-1 victory over Wundowie in Division Three North of the WA state league. They won promotion to Division One in 1962.
The club moved around a lot in its early days and spells at Langley Park in Perth, Weston Street in Carlisle and Raphael Park in Victoria Park preceded the 1963 relocation to Walter Road Reserve in Inglewood, which remains its home ground to this day.
Brett is keen to fill in the gaps in his extensive research with what he terms as "Little Stories", a description which he has now adopted as the name of Inglewood's official newsletter.
“My intention is to issue Little Stories twice a year, as a way of keeping you informed of the progress being made by the History Project,” he writes in his first newsletter.
“It is also hoped the newsletter can become a way of connecting with former players, coaches, officials and supporters of the club.
“With this in mind, I encourage you to share it far and wide. And if you feel you have something to contribute - no matter how small or big - then I want to hear from you.”
To find out more about the Kiev-Inglewood United History Project or to sign up for the Little Stories newsletter contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first issue includes a photo of Inglewood's 1954-55 league team. Brett has the names of the players, but he can't put them to the faces. He wonders if anyone out there can help.
The names are: G Mochon, B Maslij, J Hubeckyj, V Kral, W Panomarenko, J Slusarczuk, P Andrushiw, J Jarowyj, F Kann, P Mochon, V Gionelli, D Bijan, M Maslij, I Susonicz, J Kura, S Chomiak, P Visiolo, B Malek, E Mauri.
Inglewood has been prominent in many competitions over the last 50 years or so, but has only won the State League title once - in 1996.
That team was coached by Paul Wormley and included a plethora of experienced players, including Ian Ballantyne, John Hunter, Tony Hall, Lou Collova, Ronnie Moore, Gavin Tait and Norrie Sutton, who was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame WA in 2008.
Other members of the Hall of Fame who have played for Inglewood include Gary Marocchi and Robbie Zabica, who are both in the Hall of Legends, Len Dundo, Saverio Madaschi, Alex Senjuschenko, Peter Atkinson, Bobby Despotovski and long-time club stalwart Johnny Davidson.
PIC ONE: The 1954-55 Inglewood team. PIC TWO: The team that won the league in 1996.