Socceroos Memorabilia On Offer At The Big Event
THERE will be an opportunity to purchase some prized collectors items at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th anniversary celebration at Crown Perth on November 26.
During the Gala Dinner/Induction function there will be a major auction, a silent auction and the chance to snap up some exclusive State team posters, specially commisioned for the occasion, and bottles of wine with commemorative labels.
The major item that will go under the auctioneer's hammer will be a framed Socceroos shirt, signed by all the original squad members for the 2014 World Cup - plus coach Ange Postecoglou.
This has been specially donated by the Socceroos goalkeeper coach Tony Franken, who was inducted into WA's Hall of Champions in 2012.
Perth-born and raised Franken, who played 16 times for Australia, is a keen supporter of the Hall of Fame's quest to preseve the history of the game in WA. His father Frank is a former State team goalkeeper, while his son Jordan is also a keeper and was a member of Perth Glory's youth squad.
Apart from the shirt, the frame also includes a pic of Tim Cahill's spectacular left-footed goal against Holland in the 2014 finals, and a photo of the entire Socceroos squad.
*Click here to view Cahill's stunner from the Brazil finals, plus his goals from other World Cup finals.
Three Socceroos DVDs highlighting sensational World Cup action will also be available for purchase in the silent auction.
Another hot item in the silent auction will be a World Cup replica trophy.
Coincidentally, Silvio Gazzaniga, the goldsmith and sculptor who designed and created the World Cup trophy, died at his home in Milan on November 1. He was 95.
He also designed the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, but it is for the famous 18-carat solid gold trophy that he will be best remembered. He created the 6kg trophy after Brazil's third world title earned them the right to keep the Jules Rimet cup in 1970.
FIFA received 53 proposals for a new trophy, before opting in 1971 for Gazzaniga's design depicting two athletes holding up the Earth. The trophy cost $50,000 to make in 1971, but its worth is now put at $10 million.
Other items in the silent auction include:
*Framed photo of the Socceroos 2006 World Cup squad.
*Framed collection of Socceroos picture playing cards.
*Umbro ball signed by the Hall of Fame Legends.
*Bottle of wine in presentation case with exclusve Hall of Legends label.
*Framed Perth Kangaroos autographed poster, plus Kangaroos pennant.
*English FA Cup Hall of Fame Souvenier Brochure.
*Framed autographed photo of Gianfranco Zola.
*Framed WA programmes autographed by England stars Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and Trevor Brooking.
***Also on offer will be a new biography on former Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange and also a book about SBS football broadcaster Les Murray, who are the special guest speakers on the night.
There is a display of framed posters that record the history of the WA State men's teams involvement in international challenge matches. The games include WA's contests against Glasgow Rangers, Manchester United, Werder Bremen, Chelsea, AS Roma and many more. They are also available for purchase and can be personalised, if requested.
Bottles of wine (red and white) with collectable 20th Anniversary labels can also be bought on the night, along with a Football Hall of Fame memorabilia key ring/cum bottle opener. The Football Hall of Fame WA is a not for profit organisation which receives no funding, and relies on fund-raising ventures and the support of sponsors to stage induction ceremonies and other events.
PIC ONE: Socceroos 2014 World Cup squad. PIC TWO: The real World Cup trophy. PIC THREE: State team posters.