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ARTICLE: "How Kimon Taliadoros changed Australian football", by Con Stamocostas, 2/11/2017

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ARTICLE: With a playing career spanning a decade, Kimon Taliadoros reached the heights for both club and country. But it was his efforts off the field where his legacy remains everlasting.
Between 1987 and 1992, Taliadoros played 100 games for South Melbourne in the former National Soccer League, including the 1990-91 Championship winning team coached by the legendary Ferenc Puskas.
His 45 goals, long hair, and exuberant playing style not only endeared him to the fans, but also saw the Greek Australian striker go on to play nine games for the Socceroos.
But with Puskas leaving South at the end of the 1991-1992 season, Taliadoros moved to South's major NSL rival Marconi and during the negotiation brought along his friend Brendan Schwab. It was here Taliadoros discovered that even though his contract with South Melbourne had ended, Marconi still had to pay a 'compensation fee' to his former club.
"Brendan was an industrial relations and employment lawyer by trade and I was …

ARTICLE: "Lathlain Oval: Where Perth Football Club found success in fresh fields", by J. Townsend, 19/9/17

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ARTICLE: The name Pat Fogarty barely resonates in WA football circles now but it is doubtful that West Coast Eagles would be preparing to move to Lathlain Park next year without the Perth secretary’s foresight more than half a century ago.
Perth were based at the WACA Ground for most of their first 60 years but Fogarty, who was secretary for nearly 20 years before having two stints as president, was long convinced the club would only thrive by moving into the heart of its growing district.
It was a strategy later replicated with great success by West Perth in their shift to Joondalup but a move that attracted significant opposition from Perth supporters in the tough years after World War II.
But Fogarty was adamant — Perth had to move or perish.
He had identified the rudimentary ground at Goddard Street, the geographic centre of a new housing development, as the ideal site for the club and spent much of energies convincing the Perth city council of the value of his vision.
Merely delighted…

ARTICLE: "Claremont: A haven for stars and sheep", by J. Townsend, 18/9/2017 (includes Aug. 2012 pics)

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ARTICLE: John Hyde’s predicament was typical of the dilemma faced by Claremont throughout much of their early post-World War II history.
A Geelong star who had won two premierships for the Cats and a club champion award, Hyde was Claremont’s gun recruit in 1955 when the Tigers were trying to dig themselves out of a mess on and off the field.
Hyde was put up at the Highway Hotel, a plush watering hole on Stirling Highway often used by visiting celebrities, while he was wooed by the club.
But when he was due to sign a contract with the Tigers during his first visit to his proposed home ground at Claremont Oval, the meeting fell through in the most unusual circumstances. “Sheep had got into the tin shed that served as our change rooms, office and boardroom and had made a complete mess,” Claremont great John O’Connell recalled.
“Here we were trying to sign one of the best players in the country and we were doing it in a building where you wouldn’t keep your dog.”
The soiled premises obviously …

ARTICLE: "Leederville Oval: The modern arena at the heart of footy history", by John Townsend, 16/9/2017

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ARTICLE: Athletics. Boxing. Cricket. Darts. Football. Lacrosse. Rugby. Shooting. Soccer. Tennis. Table tennis.
Add the open-air picture theatre in the 1920s and the regular fire brigade games and Leederville Oval is surely WA’s most versatile sporting ground.
And it could have been so much more than that.
In the late 1950s, West Perth Football Club president Dick Fletcher — whose name remains on the grandstand built at the time — pushed for Leederville Oval to host the 1962 Empire Games as part of a long-term vision to develop the ground into a multi-sport complex and headquarters of WA football.
“(Given) the growing doubt in the minds of football authorities about the future of Subiaco Oval as our football headquarters, Leederville Oval could meet all requirements,” Mr Fletcher said in 1959 to foreshadow the debate of half a century later.
“Leederville Oval could be made a showplace ... it could accommodate 100,000 people.”
Mr Fletcher’s dream was not to be, though the ground has been rede…

WAFL Golden Era

WAFL Footballers (1945-1990)

BRADMORE PHIL (WP)3 BREMAN TODD (S)1 BROWN MALCOLM (EP / C / SF / P)5 BUHAGIAR TONY (EF)1 BUNTON HAYDN JNR. (SD)1 CABLE BARRY (P / NM / EP)1 DAVIDSON PETER (C)2 DAYMAN WAYNE (WP)1 DHURRKAY GARY (EF)1 DOROTICH JON (SF)1 EDWARDS CRAIG (SF)1 EVANS RON (WP)1 FARMER GRAHAM (EP / GEELONG / WP)1 FEATHERBY PETER (S)1 FOLEY BRIAN (WP)1 FONG LES (WP)2 GASTEV JOHN (WP)2 GIBBS ROSS (WP / GLENELG)1 GORE DARRYL (EF)1 GRANT BRIAN (EP)1 GREEN DOUG (EF)1 GRLJUSICH GEORGE (SF / 6WF / 6PR)2 HARDIE BRAD (SF)2 HARDING PAUL (EF)2 HEAL STAN (WP)1 HODYL PETER (SD)1 HUNTER KEN (C)1 IRONMONGER JOHN (EP)1 JACKSON SYD (EP / CARLTON)1 JONES MAURIE (C)1 KEENE LAURIE (S)1 KIMBERLEY BARRY (P / SD)1 KING SEAN (WP)1 KUHLMAN MORT (C)1 LAIDLEY DEAN (WP)3 LAMB DWAYNE (S)1 LEWIS CHRIS (C)1 MACNISH ANDREW (S)1 MAINWARING CHRIS (EF)2 MALAXOS STEVE (C / EF)1 MATERA WALLY (SF)1 MENAGLIO PETER (WP)3 MICHALCZYK GEORGE (EP / WP)1 MIFKA PAUL (WP)2 MILLER IAN (P / EP)1 MITCHELL MICHAEL (C)2 MITSOPOULOS CHRIS (P)1 MONTGOMERY ALLAN (P)2 MOSCONI WARREN (SF)1 NAYLOR BERNIE (SF)1 NEESHAM GERARD (EF / SD)2 NELSON CRAIG (WP)1 NEWMAN IAN (P)1 PEAKE BRIAN (EF)1 PERRIN BRIAN (WP)1 RIOLI MAURICE (SF)1 ROBERTSON GLENN (EP)1 ROGERSON RALPH (EP)1 ROWLLES RAY (EP)1 SARTORI PETER (SD)1 SCOTT PHIL (S)2 SELLS STEPHEN (S)2 SHIELDS BOB (P)1 SIDEBOTTOM GARRY (SD)1 SILCOCK JEREMY (EP)1 SKWIROWSKI BILL (SD)1 SPARKS RUSSELL (EP)1 SPENCER PETER (EP / S / C)1 STARCEVICH CRAIG (EP)1 STASINOWSKY CHRIS (WP / SF / P)2 TAYLOR BRIAN (S)1 TAYLOR GEOFF (WP)1 TAYLOR KEVIN (EF / SD)1 TAYLOR NEIL (S)1 TIERNEY PHIL (EP)1 VIGONA BENNY (SF)1 WARWICK DEAN (WP)1 WATTS JOHN K. (EP / GEELONG)2 WILEY ROBERT (P)2 WRENSTED MURRAY (EF)1 YORGEY BRETT (P)2 ZANOTTI MARK (S)1
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