From Manchester and Hanoi...the internationals are coming for the Big Night
THEY are coming from far and wide to attend the Football Hall of Fame WA Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26.
From England, Germany and Vietnam...from Queensland, NSW and Victoria...and from rural Western Australia, including Geraldton, Balingup and Bunbury.
The longest trip will be that of John Tetlow and his two sons, Sean and Athony, who will make the journey from Manchester to support and celebrate with Mike Tetlow, who is being inducted into the Hall of Recognition.
"I am chuffed that these guys will be making the 12,000 mile journey to be present at the induction," said Mike.
"It will be the first time that my brother John, who is a few years older than me, will have been in Oz. He is really looking forward to it - and I can't wait to see him again and have him share my induction."
Mike, who is now 68, has been involved in coaching and administration in WA for over 40 years.
He arrived in WA from Manchester in 1981 and played briefly with Canning City before breaking a leg. He then turned to coaching and was in charge of the State juniors, youths and amateurs, winning many titles in over 50 games, including the prestigious Lions Cup in Singapore with the WA Under-14 side.
He led the State under-15's to the semi-finals of the Australian titles and was in charge when the State under-21's triumphed in a Malaysian tournament in 2004.
He also coached Rockingham City at senior State League level, and was assistant to Stuart Kamasz when Stirling Macedonia won a string of senior trophies, including eight in three years. He was also assistant to Kamasz when Fremantle City won the State League crown, and was Fremantle's director of coaching and led the youths to success in league and cup.
He is currently vice-president of Rockingham City FC.
The visitor from Germany on November 26 will be former Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange, who will be a Special Guest Speaker at the event along with former SBS football icon Les Murray, who is coming from Sydney.
Said Stange: "Perth has a special place in my heart and I am very happy to be asked to be part of this special occasion. I also hope to see many old friends again."
The trip from Hanoi in Vietnam will be made by former Australian youth international and WA State player Alex Cummings, who will be inducted into the Hall of Merit for Players in the ceremony at Crown's Grand Ballroom.
Alex has lived in Hanoi for the past two years and is a Sports Consultant.
"This is a tremendous honour and I am really looking forward to what I'm sure will be a night to remember," said Alex.
"Because of the weather I'm in shorts for much of the year in Hanoi - unless we go out to a fancy restaurant - which reminds me. I don't have a suit for the function. I'll have to go to one of the tailors here and get one organised."
In a much-travelled career, Alex spent 4 years at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, played for Australia in the World Youth Cup in Chile in 1987 and had spells in the National Soccer League with Brisbane Lions and Morwell Falcons before returning to WA to join Stirling Macedonia.
An influential defender, he also did plenty of travelling with the Perth Kangaroos when they won the Singapore League in 1994.
Alex also tasted great success with Stirling Macedonia, Spearwood Dalmatinac, Fremantle City and Western Knights and played 21 times for WA.
Former England international John Sydenham, who was named in WA's Century of Champions in 2004, now lives in Victoria but will make the trip back to Perth for the induction night.
"I am looking forward to catching up with many old friends and to celebrate with the new inductees," said John.
Former Burma and Australian international Doug Stewart, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012, will journey from his home in Queensland to attend the event.
The visitors from rural WA are all new Hall of Fame inductees and their names will be revealed at a later date.
PIC ONE: Mike Tetlow (left) and his brother John. PIC TWO: Alex Cummings