Hall of Fame

To celebrate 100 years of the Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association, a Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the history and achievements of the best to come from the region.

To be eligible to be inducted to the CDFSA Hall of Fame, an individual must have risen from the Association ranks to achieve high honours within the game.

Nominations can be made to the CDSFA annually. Players, match officials, coaches, and administrators can all be nominated. All details can be found here.

The inaugural inductees were announced and celebrated at the CDSFA Centenary Gala in May 2022. The inaugural Hall of Fame inductees are sponsored by Dribl.

Andrew Burton

Positions held: Foundation Member; Senior Vice President. Life Member Football NSW. Foundation Member Canterbury Park (now Canterbury Junior SC).

Born in 1903, he was founder and secretary of CJSC and Australia Team Manager - Australia v South Africa Tour Series 1947 (Game 5). He died in 1983.

CJSC was formed in 1923 after a group of enthusiasts – at the initiative of Andy Burton - met and sat on a rock pile situated on a vacant block where Canterbury Hotel now stands.

Jack Daley was elected president, Andy Burton secretary and Tom English treasurer. That year, Hurlstone Park Wanderers was established after encouragement from the Canterbury District Junior Soccer Football Association (CDJSFA), predecessor to the CDSFA.

In 1927, the Alert, a local newspaper, staged an all-comers knock-out competition in conjunction with the cycle races as a fund raiser for the Canterbury Hospital. The Alert Cup was won by Canterbury Park, a team containing several Canterbury players, organised by Andrew Burton and captained by Alf Brinkley.

In 1943, the Canterbury Club was reformed by soccer enthusiasts, Andy Burton, Roy Crowhurst, ‘Tugger’ Bryant and Alf Brinkley who ‘bought’ for £65, four Wallsend players, one of whom was Reg Date, who later played centre forward for Australia.

At Blick Oval, opposite Canterbury High School, the Club won the first grade competition and each player received the ‘munificent’ sum of £42 for the season’s sterling effort.

Burton was bestowed with Life Membership in 1940 and the Association’s All Age Men Division 4 competition, “Andrew Burton Cup”, is named in his honour.

Andrew Koczka

Player Position: Sweeper, Midfielder;
Junior Club: Earlwood Wanderers FC
National caps: 5
Club & Representative career: St George Saints (1983-1991); Newcastle Breakers (1991-1993); Australia (1988-1991)

Born 1965 in Sydney, Koczka attended Christian Brothers’ High School Lewisham and was both a player and coach at Earlwood Wanderers FC. He later graduated to the ranks of NSL football, playing for St George Saints and Newcastle Breakers between 1983 and 1993.

In March 1988, he made the first of five appearances for Australia in an Olympic qualification match against Taiwan in Adelaide and also made one appearance in the 1988 Summer Olympics football tournament.

He announced his retirement from international football two years later, citing business commitments.

Brett Holman

Player Position: Attacking Midfielder
Junior Club: Enfield Rovers FC
National caps: 63
Club & Representative career: Northern Spirit (1998-2000, Youth); Australia Under-17 (2000-2001); Parramatta Power (2001-2002); Feyenoord (2002-2006); Australia Under-23 (2003-2004); NEC Nijmegen (2006-2008); Australia (2006-2013); AZ, NL (2008-2012); Aston Villa (2012-2013); Emirates Club (2013-2015); Brisbane Roar (2016-2019)

Born 1984 in Bankstown, Brett Holman grew up in Croydon Park, attended Christian Brothers Lewisham and played for Enfield Rovers Football Club before making the move to top-flight football both in Australia and abroad.

He was named in the Australia under-17 squad in 2000 after two years in former NSL club, Northern Spirit’s the youth team. Brett left school in late 2000 to pursue a career in football career, signing with Parramatta Power for two seasons before being signed in 2002 by Dutch giant Feyenoord, which loaned him to SBV Excelsior before he moved to NEC Nijmegen and then AZ Alkmaar.

In July 2012, he realised his dream of playing in the Premier League, joining Aston Villa and after a change of manager, departed at the end of just one season. In 2013 he moved to the UAE where he played with Dubai-based Al Nasr and the Emirates Club, returning to Australia in 2016 to play for Brisbane Roar until 2019.

In 2003-04 he was part of the Australian under-23 squad in 2003-04 and a Socceroo between 2006 and 2013 and was named Football Federation Australia’s Male Footballer of the Year in 2012, before announcing his international retirement in 2014.

Cec Barlow

Positions held: President. Life Member, Football NSW (1963). Foundation Member, Hurlstone Park Wanderers Soccer Football Club. Life Member, Canterbury Referees Association.

Born 1899 in Marrickville/Dulwich Hill, CDSFA President for 31 consecutive seasons spanning the period 1933 to the end of 1963. He died in 1975.

Barlow was also instrumental in the creation of the Earlwood Wanderers Soccer Football Club after being part of the Hurlstone Park Wanderers Soccer Football Club.

He was also a WW1 veteran, losing a leg in battle.

In recognition of his contribution to the game, he was awarded Life Membership of Football NSW, Hurlstone Park Wanderers Soccer Football Club and Earlwood Wanderers Soccer Football Club.

He was also bestowed with CDSFA Life Membership in 1942 and the Association’s “Volunteer Recognition Award” and Under 15 Division 1 competition, “Cec Barlow Trophy”, are named in his honour

Chris Kalantzis

Player Position: Midfielder
Junior Club: Belmore Hercules Soccer Club
National caps: 7
Club & Representative career: Sydney Olympic (1983-1987); Australia B (1985); Australia (1986-1987); Panathinaikos (1987-1992); Olympiakos (1992-1997); Sydney Olympic (1997-2000); St George Saints (2000)

Born 1967 in Sydney, Chris Kalantzis is a former Socceroo who played at the highest level of domestic football in Greece and Australia.

He broke into Sydney Olympic’s first grade side at just 15 years of age and four years later joined one of Greece’s dominant top-tier teams, Panathinaikos, after a ‘tug of war’ with rival side Olympiakos for his signature. Olympiakos ultimately did secure his signature five years later and his five-year stint at the club kicked off with a now-famous bicycle kick goal against Panathinaikos.

He returned to play for Sydney Olympic in 1997 before retiring in 2000. Kalantzis played seven matches for the Socceroos between 1985 and 1987, scoring one goal. In February 2011, Olympiakos’ first ‘Olympiakos Academy’ outside of Greece, in Sydney, was launched, managed by Kalantzis and Kyriakos Tohouroglou, also a former Olympiakos player.

Danielle Holtham (Nee Brogan)

Player Position: Defender
Junior Club: Belmore Eagles Soccer Club
National caps: 7
Club & Representative career: NSW Sapphires (2003-2008); Young Matildas (under-20); Sydney FC (2008-2014); Notts County (2014); Adelaide United (2014-2015); Perth Glory (2015-2018)

Born 1988 in Sydney, Danielle Brogan spent her junior playing days at Belmore Eagles Soccer Club and has progressed to become one of the local area’s most experienced female football players, playing with top-level club sides both at home and abroad and representing Australia at both youth and senior level.

She has played with W-League teams Sydney FC, as captain, Adelaide City and Perth Glory and also had a brief stint with English side, Notts County, in 2014. She has been capped 20 times with the Young Matildas (under-20) and seven times with the Matildas and played with the NSW Sapphires between 2003 and 2008.

Danielle made her Matildas debut off the bench against Italy in 2009, replacing one of the giants of the Women’s game, Cheryl Salisbury, in her final match at the old Parramatta Stadium.

The “Danielle Brogan Medal” for the best player of the Grand Final in the Association’s Grace Martin Trophy womens competition, is named in her honour.

Dennis Yaager

Player Position: Midfielder
Junior Club: Canterbury JSC
National caps: 2
Club & Representative career: Everton (1964-65); Australia (1970); Sydney Hakoah (1969-1971) ; South Sydney Croatia (1973-1974)

Dennis Yaager played as a junior at Canterbury JSC, joining Premier League side Everton during the 1964-65 season, where he did not make a first team appearance.

He had stints at Sydney Hakoah and South Sydney Croatia in the NSW State League and made his international debut for Australia in November 1970 in Tehran, Iran. His second and final appearance for the Socceroos was in the legendary Azteca Stadium in Mexico City against Mexico in December 1970.

Ernie Campbell

Player Position: Forward/Winger
Junior Club: Canterbury JSC
National caps: 15
Club & Representative career: Canterbury Marrickville (pre-1967); APIA-Leichhardt (1967-1970); Marconi Stallions (1971-1977); Australia (1971-1975); Sydney City (1978-1980); St George (1981)

William Ernest “Ernie” Campbell started playing football as a junior with Canterbury JSC and was also played in the Canterbury District SFA Under-14 representative side in 1963.

Born 1949 in Sydney, he was a member of the Australian 1974 World Cup squad in West Germany and represented Australia 24 times between 1971 and 1976, scoring three goals.

Campbell was spotted by scouts in an under-16 curtain-raiser during the Sydney leg of a tour by English club Chelsea in 1965 and accepted an invitation by Chelsea chairman John Mears to spend a season at Stamford Bridge in London to further his football education.

He later returned to Sydney to join APIA and then Marconi Stallions, playing in the NSL with Marconi Stallions, Sydney City and St George. He won NSW honours in 1974 and made his international debut against Israel in November 1971 in Melbourne.

Grace Martin

Positions held: Secretary; Executive Committee; Competition Secretary; Registrar; Judiciary. Clubs: Belmore Police Citizens Boys Club. Foundation Member & Life Member, Roselands Soccer Club

Grace Martin’s place in the history of the Association is undeniable having served as the Association’s Registrar, Competition Secretary, and Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee for decades, among numerous roles and duties at Association and club level for Roselands Football Club (formerly Roselands Raptors FC).

Such service earned her a Football NSW State Award in 1992. Grace has been instrumental in the creation, development and fostering of female participation in football throughout the CDSFA. She was bestowed with Life Membership in 1982 and the Association’s flagship female competition, “Grace Martin Trophy”, is named in her honour.

Jim Fraser

Player Position: Goalkeeper
Junior Club: Hurlstone Park Wanderers FC
National caps: 8
Club & Representative career: Polonia (1969) ; St George Budapest (1970 – 1974); Canterbury Marrickville (on loan, 1972-1973); Australia (1973–1974); NSW (1974); Coach/Manager: Balgownie (NSW Div 1); Sydney FC (2007-2008); Philippines under-21 (2014); Philippines under-23 (2015); International Goalkeepers Academy (2006-2017)

Born in Sydney in 1948, Jim Fraser grew up in Dulwich Hill and started his career as a junior with Hurlstone Park Wanderers, playing games on Saturdays and with Canterbury District SFA’s junior representative teams on Sundays.

His senior playing career started at Polonia where his talent was recognised early with selection in Australia’s World Cup squad for the qualifiers in 1969.

In 1970, Fraser went to St George where he broke his wrist in 1971 and spent some time at Canterbury on loan after he recovered, but with perseverance he returned to St George and regained his spot.

Fraser’s performances for St George earned him his first full cap at Olympic Park in Melbourne against Bulgaria in 1973 and Fraser got another break in a World Cup qualifier against Iraq the following month.

He played a pivotal role in the Socceroos’ subsequent solid run of results which forced a decider against South Korea in Hong Kong for a spot at the 1974 World Cup in Germany, but as a part-timer couldn’t make the trip due to the demands of his security business.

The Socceroos’ subsequent one-nil defeat of the South Koreans confirmed Australia’s spot in its first ever World Cup finals appearance and Jack Reilly as first choice keeper.

Fraser made 10 appearances for Australia and after a shoulder injury forced him to hang up his boots in 1978, he began a long-running coaching career at a host of clubs, state teams and national teams in the Philippines.

In 2006 he established the International Goalkeepers Academy and after its 2017 closure, continued coaching goalkeepers on the South Coast and the next generation of custodians at Western Sydney Wanderers.

Jim Patikas

Player Position: Forward/Midfielder
Junior Club: Leichhardt Police Boys Club (now Glebe-Leichhardt PCYC), Western Suburbs, APIA Leichhardt Tigers
National caps: 10
Club & Representative career: Sydney City (1979-83); Aberdeen (1981 – loan); Sydney Olympic (1983-1984); Australia U20 (1981-1983); Australia (1981-1985); Sydney Croatia (1985); AEK Athens (1985-93); Athinaikos (1993); APIA Leichhardt Tigers (1993); Athinaikos (1993–1994); Kastoria (1995); Sydney United (1996); Sydney Olympic (1996-1997)

Born 1963 in Sydney, Jim Patikas played his junior football with Leichhardt Police Boys Club, Western Suburbs and APIA Leichhardt Tigers and debuted in the National Soccer League for Sydney City at just 15 years of age in 1979.

Patikas represented the Young Socceroos in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Cup in Sydney and the 1983 FIFA World Youth Cup in Mexico. His performances for the Young Socceroos and Sydney City earned him a full international debut, aged 17, against Indonesia in the 1981 World Cup Qualifiers and a contract with a Sir Alex Ferguson-coached Aberdeen.

He was capped 27 times for the Australian U20 side and the Socceroos, playing as a forward/midfielder. In 1983, after five seasons with Sydney City, Patikas was signed by Sydney Olympic, then Sydney Croatia in 1985 and later that year left for Greece to join AEK Athens, which claimed Greek Championship titles in 1989, 1992 and 1993.

He later had stints with Athinaikos, APIA Leichhardt and Kastoria before finishing his professional playing career in 1996 and 1997 in the NSL with Sydney United and Sydney Olympic.

Johnny Warren

Player Position: Inside Right
Junior Club: Botany Methodist, Earlwood Wanderers FC & Canterbury-Marrickville
National caps: 42
Club & Representative career: Canterbury-Marrickville (1959–1962); St George Budapest (1963–1964); Stockport County (1964); St George Budapest (1965–1974); Australia (1965–1974)Coach/Manager: St George Budapest (1974); Canberra City (1977–1978)

Born 1943 in Sydney, Johnny Warren is one of Australian football’s true legends who left behind a remarkable legacy as a player, coach, administrator, writer and broadcaster.

Warren grew up in the southern Sydney suburb of Botany and was a junior at Botany Methodist. He got his first taste of representative football when selected for the Protestant Churches state team at age 10.

Following a year at Earlwood Wanderers, he joined the Canterbury third grade senior team in 1959, aged 15. Later that year he was promoted to the NSW state league club’s first grade team, and by 1960 he had established himself in an attacking midfield position as one of the team’s key players.

The 17-year-old scored twice in a 3-2 preliminary final win over Apia Leichhardt to earn Canterbury a place in the 1960 NSW Grand Final. In 1963 he moved to St George Budapest, the start of a 12-year playing stint with one of the country’s biggest clubs of the era, winning two state league Ampol Cups and featuring in six NSW state league grand finals, winning three, finishing premiers once and as premiership runners-up seven times.

Warren made a full international debut for Australia in November 1965 against Cambodia in Phnom Penh. He played 42 international matches including Australia’s first World Cup appearance in 1974.

Among his many individual honours are a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to sport and the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit in 2004, the year he passed away after a long battle with cancer.The Johnny Warren Medal, awarded to the A-League’s best player each season, is named in his honour.

Johnny Watkiss

Player Position: Midfielder/Defender
Junior Club: Earlwood Wanderers FC, Botany Methodist
National caps: 23
Club & Representative career: Canterbury-Marrickville (1957-1963); APIA Leichhardt (1964-1968); Australia (1965–1974); Hakoah (1969-1974); Sutherland (1975-1978).

Born 1941 in England, Johnny Watkiss came to Australia as a ten-year-old, playing junior football with Earlwood Wanderers. He later joined Canterbury-Marrickville, further developing his skills as one of the ‘Canterbury Kids’ under the guidance of former Socceroos coach ‘Uncle’ Joe Vlasits (1967-1970).

Afterwards, he transferred to APIA and created what was then a new scoring record of five goals in a match, against St George in a final at Sydney’s Wentworth Park. He was a versatile player who started as a striker, then switched to midfield before turning to defence.

Despite being injured playing for APIA in the 1968 Australia Cup final he was signed by Hakoah for the 1969 season - the same year he made his debut for Australia as a defender against Greece at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Watkiss played more than 450 matches for Sydney clubs Canterbury, APIA, Hakoah and Sutherland, leading to 23 caps for the Socceroos, including the 1970 and 1974 World Cup campaigns. He scored his first goal for Australia in a World Cup qualifier against South Korea in Seoul in 1969. Watkiss Street in the Sydney suburb of Glenwood is named in his honour.

Ian Holmes

Positions held: President and Chief Executive Officer

Starting his football life at Belmore Police Citizens Boys Club, it did not take long for Ian Holmes to become heavily involved in sports administration as he took on a committee position with his local club.

From there, he progressed to the CDSFA where he was elected the Association’s youngest ever President when we was elected on 1 December 1975 at the age of 19-years-old. Seven years later Holmes was elected President of the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation in 1982.

With football needing an overhaul from the top down, Holmes was soon in a position to help make fundamental change as the General Manager of the NSW Soccer Federation (1987-1991), CEO and Commissioner of the Australian Soccer Federation (1991-1995), General Manager of the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation (1998-1999), General Manager of Soccer Australia (1999-2002), and General Manager of Football NSW (2007-2011).

His services to the national and state governing body coming to a close, Holmes returned to CDSFA in 2012, taking over as CEO in 2014.

In his time as CEO, Holmes was instrumental in securing over $15 million dollars in government grants for the region and its clubs.

Holmes is a Life Member of CDSFA (1982), a Life Member of Football NSW (1987) and a recipient of a NSW Soccer Federation State Award (1991), George Churchward Medal recipient (2016), and Vince and Val Laws Medal recipient (2019).

Peter Katholos

Player Position: Midfielder
Junior Club: Canterbury JFC
National caps: 14
Club & Representative career: Canterbury-Marrickville Olympic (1976-1979); St George Saints (1979-1980); Sydney Olympic (1981-1986); APIA Leichhardt (1987); Larissa (1988);
Marconi Stallions (1998-1991); Sydney Olympic (1991-1993); Melita Eagles (1993-94); Australia (1981-84)

Born 1961 in Greece, Peter Katholos, moved to Australia with his family at the age of nine. Nicknamed ‘The Kat’, his junior days of football were with Canterbury Juniors and he went on to play for a total of 14 years in the National Soccer League with St George, Sydney Olympic, APIA Leichhardt, Marconi and Parramatta Melita Eagles.

In that time he has enjoyed three NSL Championship titles, two NSL Cups and an Australian Footballer of the Year honour in 1982. Katholos also had a stint with Greek side Larissa in 1988. He has been capped 22 times for the Socceroos, scoring three goals.

More recently, he rekindled his connection with CDSFA, playing for the Belmore Eagles over-45 side and coaching an under-8 side at Earlwood Wanderers. He is also now a member of Football Federation Australia’s Football Heritage Committee and is on a mission to transform the coaching culture in Australia.

Peter Raskopoulos

Player Position: Midfielder
Junior Club: Earlwood Wanderers FC
National caps: 14
Club & Representative career: Sydney Olympic (1977-1979); Marconi (1980); Australia (1980–1987); Sydney Olympic (1981–1989) Coach/Manager: Sydney Olympic (1993)

Born 1962 in Greece, Peter Raskopoulos came emigrated to Australia with his family as a toddler, commencing his playing career in the under-5 side at Earlwood Wanderers.

Nicknamed ‘Rasko’, he joined Sydney Olympic’s youth team in 1977 and made his senior debut against Western Suburbs in the first season of the National Soccer League that year while still only 15.

Raskopoulos represented the Australian schoolboys in 1978 and in 1980 he had a year at Marconi, but then returned to Olympic for the rest of his career. In 1980 he also debuted for Australia in New Caledonia as part of the squad that claimed Australia’s first Oceania Cup title.

At the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship, held in Australia, Raskopoulos captained the Young Socceroos in their first match in Sydney, when Australia shocked Argentina two goals to one. He made his full international debut as the captain of the Socceroos against Indonesia in 1981 during the qualification campaign for the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

As his playing career wound down, he became the football manager at Sydney Olympic from 1989 when Olympic won the NSL Championship and later became senior coach in 1992/93. In 2001 he became CEO of the club as it won the NSL Grand Final in 2002 and the Premiership in 2003.

Ron Corry

Player position: Goalkeeper
Junior Club/s: Punchbowl District Soccer Club, Lakemba District Football Club, Lakemba Methodist, Canterbury JSC
National caps: 27
Club & Representative career: Canterbury-Marrickville (1964); Pan Hellenic (1965); South Sydney Croatia (1966-1975); Manly (1976); Sutherland (1977); Manly (1977-1978); Marconi (1980–1981); Australia (1967-1973) Coach/Manager: Sydney United (1989-1990); Blacktown City (1990-1991); Bankstown City (1995); Wollongong Wolves (2000–2003); Canterbury-Marrickville (2006); Sutherland (2007); Socceroo goalkeeping coach; Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeping coach (2012–2018)

Born 1941 in Sydney, Ron Corry was a goalkeeper who progressed from Canterbury juniors into top tier football in NSW, the NSW team and the Socceroos. His first taste of senior top tier football was in 1964 with Canterbury-Marrickville, then Pan Hellenic, followed by a decade at South Sydney Croatia and then stints with Manly, Sutherland and Marconi.

After forcing his way into the NSW team, Corry debuted for the Socceroos against Singapore in 1967. Corry shared the keeping duties with Roger Romanowicz on the Asian tour in 1969 and he won selection in every match of the 1969 World Cup qualifying series and in four matches in the 1973 campaign.

He made 33 appearances for Australia and after hanging up his boots embarked on a long and successful coaching career at clubs including Sydney United, Blacktown City, Bankstown City, Wollongong Wolves, Canterbury-Marrickville and Sutherland.

Corry later became the Socceroos’ goalkeeper coach and in 2012 was appointed goalkeeping coach at Western Sydney Wanderers, retiring in 2018 but continuing to provide guidance to about a dozen goalkeepers “for the love of the game”.

Roy Crowhurst

Player Position: Winger
Junior Club: Belmore Soccer Football Club, Canterbury JFC (then ‘Canterbury Park’), Metters
National caps: 7
Club & Representative career: Metters (1929-1941); Australia (1932-1940); New South Wales (1934-1939)

Born 1909 in Sydney, Roy Crowhurst was a “well-equipped right winger” who was a product of the Canterbury Juniors, according to an entry by Sid Grant in Jack Pollard’s Soccer Records. CDSFA records reveal Crowhurst, his father and his schoolmates established Belmore Soccer Football Club in 1924.

Crowhurst and his school mates formed the basis of the original Belmore Soccer Club team. In 1925 he joined the under-16 side of Canterbury JFC, then known as Canterbury Park. Crowhurst burst onto the senior ranks just when there was a big upsurge of public interest with the formation of the first State League in 1928.

He won all his honours and fame with Metters and was capped 21 times for the Socceroos, including appearances during tours of New Zealand in 1932 and New Caledonia in 1933. He scored eight times for Australia. Crowhurst was at his very best against the English Amateurs in 1937, when he created many scoring opportunities.

Sylvain Piaud

Positions held: Secretary/Treasurer. President/Secretary, Metters Soccer Football Club (later known as Canterbury).

Born 1909 in France, Sylvain (Sel) Leon Piaud was president and secretary of the mighty Metters Soccer Football Club from about the 1920s to the early 1950s.

During that period, Metters fielded a team which won numerous titles and was from 1951 known as Canterbury.

Piaud was Australia Team Manager for Game No 3 of the Australia v South Africa Tour Series in 1947. He died in 1992.

He was bestowed with Life Membership in 1942 and the Association’s Under 21 Division 2 competition, “Sylvain Piaud Cup”, is named in his honour.

Terry Butler

Player Position: Midfielder/Left Winger
Junior Club: APIA Leichhardt Tigers Junior Football Club, Annandale-Leichhardt
National caps: 2
Club & Representative career: APIA Leichhardt (1971-76); Urban Services, Hong Kong (1976-1977); APIA Leichhardt (1977-88)

Born 1954 in Sydney, Terry Butler began his footballing career as a junior at Annandale-Leichhardt and Apia Leichhardt Tigers Junior Football Club.

He was a midfielder and left winger who played senior football for APIA Leichhardt almost all of his career between 1971 and 1988, with a brief stint in Hong Kong in 1976-77. He was part of APIA’s historic 1987 season, when its National Soccer League team achieved a 20-game unbeaten streak, a record by any team in a national Australian football competition, earning it the nickname ‘The Invincibles’.

Butler also made his debut with the Socceroos as a winger in 1972, notching up a total of four caps. He coached APIA during the 1990s across the club’s youth and first grade sides.

Tim Cahill

Player Position: Attacking Midfielder
Junior Club: Balmain Police Boys (now Balmain PCYC), Marrickville FC; Plumpton/Oakhurst Football Club
National caps: 108
Club & Representative career: Western Samoa Under-20 (1994) ; Sydney Olympic youth (1995–1997); Sydney United youth (1997); Millwall youth (1997–1998); Millwall (1998–2004); Australia Under-23 (2004); Australia (2004–2018); Everton (2004–2012); New York Red Bulls (2012–2015); Shanghai Shenhua (2015–2016); Hangzhou Greentown (2016); Melbourne City (2016–2017); Millwall (2018); Jamshedpur (2018–2019)

Born 1979 in Sydney, Tim Cahill played his junior football with Balmain Police Boys Club, Marrickville Football Club and Plumpton/Oakhurst Football Club.

He later played in the youth ranks of both Sydney Olympic and Sydney United and in 1997, sought and received his parents’ permission to play in England professionally, signing with Millwall on a free transfer.

His debut for Millwall was in May 1998 against Bournemouth and he was part of the side that won the English Football League Second Division championship in 2000-2001.

Cahill transferred to Everton, becoming the top goalscorer and voted the fans’ ‘Player of the Season’ in his first season (2004-05) with the club. He made his 200th appearance for Everton in 2010 before moving to the US, joining MLS side New York Red Bulls on a three-year contract.

Stints followed with Shanghai Shenhua, Hangzhou Greentown, Melbourne City, Millwall and Jamshedpur. Cahill appeared three times for the Australia U23 side, making his debut for the Socceroos in a friendly against South Africa on March 20, 2004 and accumulating a total of 53 caps.

Vince Laws

Positions held: Executive Committee; Appeals Committee; Grading Committee; Judiciary Committee; Representative Team Coach. Life Member, Canterbury Junior Soccer Club.

Vince started playing at the age of 11 with the Lilyfield Wanderers Club in the Canterbury Association and eventually played football for the Pyrmont Club in the old NSW Association.

In 1964, Vince registered his son with the Canterbury Junior Soccer Club (CJSC) and was persuaded to coach a team in the under-9 competition for what he thought would be one year - how wrong he was. His coaching stint at CJSC ran for 33 consecutive years, before another stint of five years with APIA Leichhardt.

During his coaching career at CJSC, he coached both grades of the Premier League squad for nine years. The reserve grade team won six consecutive premierships, with the CDSFA awarding Laws the Perpetual Trophy in recognition of his achievements.

Vince also coached teams in the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation Amateur Cup, winning the tournament in 1982 when his CJSC junior side defeated Sylvania.

In 1994 he retired from coaching at CJSC after suffering a heart attack. But he then took on the role of CJ ground manager, responsible for ensuring two separate grounds were properly marked, and nets and corner posts were in order.

Between 1972 and 2012, his wife ran the Canteen for CJSC and he pitched in, ensuring deliveries were received or picked up for the weekend.

From 1972 to 1985, while President of CJSC, two breakaway clubs - Campsie United and Ashbury United – formed and Laws focused his energies on keeping the club strong, recruiting junior players from local schools and sports such as Rugby League.

In 1994, Laws was presented with a State Award by then Chairman of the Australian Soccer Federation, John Constantine, on behalf of the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation.

For more than a decade leading up to his death in 2020, Laws looked after the young referees appointed to Lees Park and Croydon Park to ensure adults did not harass or abuse them.

He was bestowed with Life Membership in 1977 and the Association’s Under 21 Division 1 competition, “Vince Laws Cup”, is named in his honour.

William Brackenbury

Positions held: Secretary/Treasurer. Life Member, Football NSW (1961). Secretary, NSW Amateur Soccer Football Association. Foundation Member & Life Member, Hurlstone Park Wanderers Soccer Football Club.Born 1907 in Canterbury, Cooks River

William (Bill) Thomas Charles Brackenbury of Keir Avenue, Hurlstone Park was a man who served not only Hurlstone Park Wanderers and the CDSFA, but football generally for more than 44 years.

Brackenbury attended school at East Hills and Tempe and grew up at Hurlstone Park. At the age of 16 in 1924, he founded the Hurlstone Park Wanderers Soccer Football Club and he was an active player with the club until 1939.

Known to his friends as “Brack” or “Uncle Bill” and to others as “Mr Soccer,” he devoted most of his life to the Hurlstone Park Wanderers Club and developing football in the Canterbury Distict.

He served the game as Secretary/Treasurer of Hurlstone Park Wanderers Soccer Football Club from 1924 until his sudden death in 1968.

He was also Secretary/Treasurer of the Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association from 1942 to 1968 - more than a quarter of a century; Secretary of the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation from 1957 to 1965 and Secretary/Treasurer of Hurlstone Park Cricket Club from 1934 to 1951.

Brackenbury pioneered the establishment of Saturday morning competitions across junior age groups.

As a player, Bill Brackenbury was a tough right back who could kick with both feet and he later coached many teams in addition to his role as an administrator in the game.

He was bestowed with Life Membership in 1965 and the Association’s flagship male competition, the “Bill Brackenbury Cup”, is named in his honour

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