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OPINION: "How the WAFL could have been saved in 1986 (if anyone had cared)", by Jack Frost, 13/2/2018

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How the WAFL could have been saved in 1986 (if anyone had cared), by Jack Frost Indicative of Western Australia’s “either-or” (not “both-and”) mentality in relation to higher-level sport, no-one in Western Australian football ever seriously suggested in 1986 that the VFL/AFL or the WAFL make any type of reasonable effort to safeguard the WAFL competition’s future. Possible alternative formats never considered include any or all of the following: (a) playing VFL/AFL games mid-week on Tuesday or Wednesday nights as the National Football League’s Wills Cup was played in the 1970s and how State of Origin rugby-league and Champions League European soccer are played today; and / or (b) reducing the size of both seasons and playing the VFL/AFL and WAFL seasons one after the other with one running from January to June and the other from July to November similar to how the A-League plays in summer and the state soccer premier leagues in winter or how the “Super 15” rugby competition season fini…

ARTICLE: "Subiaco Oval: Every kid's field of dreams", by John Townsend, 22/9/2017

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ARTICLE: Arthur Bancroft was seven when he first slipped across the road from his home next to the Perth railway line, climbed an ancient fig tree overhanging the fence and watched football at Subiaco Oval.
It was 1928, just 20 years after the first game was played at the ground initially known as the Mueller Road sand patch, but those joyous football memories were to sustain Bancroft during the most torrid years of his life a decade or so later.
Blood Bancroft was a survivor. He had two ships sunk under him during World War II, lived through the unspeakable horrors of the Burma railway and floated without food or water for six days in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
He had one ambition throughout those ordeals — to play football on Subiaco Oval, a goal he expressed in a charcoal mural at his first prisoner of war camp in Java and which later proved essential as he and four mates clung to wreckage hoping to be rescued.
“We kept our spirits up by talking about some of the things we would …

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…

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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