Soccer in Western Australia began, as the tale goes, in 1896. An organised game in Hyde Park, Perth, between the Civil Service and Perth clubs ended in a 2-0 victory for the capital's namesake. A 16-year-old lad by the name of Reg Burt scored both goals.
Fremantle Wanderers won the inaugural league championship that year and went on to add three more in five seasons. By 1900, the first Goldfields league was formed with four teams: Boulder City, Boulder Mines, Coolgardie Pioneers and Kalgoorlie.
In 1902, WA had its first taste of international competition when the State's best took on the visiting England Ashes cricketers at Fremantle Oval. A crowd of nearly 5,000 turned up to witness a 4-0 trouncing of the home side.
The first inter-State tour in 1909 welcomed New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia to WA. Ten games were played, where WA won three and drew five. In 1927, a Czechoslovakia-Bohemia squad was the first European team to officially play in WA. They beat the State team 11-3 at Perth Oval but a more competitive second game at Cottesloe Oval a few days later ended much closer, 6-4 to the visitors, in front of a crowd at Cottesloe Oval.
By the mid-40s, players like Jack Conduit, Jimmy Gordon, Tom Moss and Bill Waddell had been dominating the local scene, scoring goals for fun. Women's soccer took its first steps with an exhibition game played in Margaret River during 1946.
The name Edmundo Faletti became known in 1952, as the league's top scorer with 25 goals. Faletti once scored six in a 9-0 thrashing of Spearwood. It was 1955, when Ron Adair became the first West Australian to captain his country in the international friendly between Australia and Austrian club side, Rapid Vienna. Rapid won 8-2.
In 1960, the first game was televised locally by the ABC, albeit partially. On 6 June, the first full match was broadcast between North Perth-Osborne and Olympic, a contest for the Ascot Cup. John McInroy would score 240 league goals in eight seasons - another standout player.
The year 1966 saw Azzurri beat Slavia Port Melbourne 4-3 on penalties in the Australia Cup. It was also a pivotal period, as amateur teams received recognition with the establishment of the West Australian Amateur Soccer League. In 1967, WA’s State team ventured overseas to play in the Merdeka Cup tournament in Malaysia. WA won two of six games to finish ninth. The following year, WA finished third of 12 teams.
Perhaps, the most interesting and crowd-pleasing event came in 1967. Manchester United toured Australia and brought Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best to WA. A record 21,000 fans turned up to see the English colossus defeat the home side 7-0.
The game in Western Australia has a storied history. This design replicates the State's iconic swan crest, printed on a white and black ringer, for fans of the world game out west.
Western Australia Soccer T-shirt
- Unisex, regular fit
- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Contrasting ribbing at neck and sleeve hems, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
Size S M L XL 2XL W 47 52 56.5 61 64 L 71 75 78.5 82 83.5
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