Sir Frank Lowy AC has been involved in Australian football for decades. Lowy helped establish the National Soccer League before withdrawing his team, Sydney City (Hakoah), from the competition in 1987. Sydney City had won four titles in the NSL's first six seasons. However, after financial, social and political issues, his board decided to pull the pin.
Lowy said at the time that he was frustrated because the Australian Soccer Federation and NSL club administrators did not share his vision for the game. He had stood for the presidency of the ASF against Sir Arthur George and lost then withdrew from the presidency of Sydney City (and football) at the end of 1988.
By 2004, the NSL had fallen on its sword. A Government-led inquiry into the governance of the game opened a door for Lowy, who after much consideration, opted to return to the game. Under his leadership, Football Federation Australia was created. Australia qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and subsequent tournaments. In 2015, on home soil, Australia became AFC Asian Cup champions.
He reinvigorated Australian football with the launch of the A-League and W-League, professionalising football and building the foundations for the next stage of growth. His son, Steven Lowy, became FFA chairman in 2015. Lowy Jnr. would oversee a challenging period in Australian football, eventually opting to not renew his position in 2018, ending the Lowys' association with the round ball game for more than 50 years.
May the Lowys be with you. Episode III, anyone?
May the Lowys Be With You T-shirt
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