THE glittering history of our PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s clubs will be celebrated with the second successive Heritage Round taking shape this weekend.
Round 12 will see all six matches celebrate the wealth of history behind NSW football, and the contribution which those clubs have made to the football landscape since the start of the last century.
As part of Heritage Round, Football NSW will be promoting the clubs and telling the stories which have made them household names.
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Club legends and epic matches will be celebrated during the week leading into Heritage Round, as well as on the match days themselves.
Some clubs will be playing in special "retro" jerseys as the whole of the PlayStation®4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition gets behind Heritage Round, which is sure to become a much loved date on the football calendar.
Football NSW CEO Eddie Moore was vocal about the important role these clubs have played in the overall development and promotion of the game.
“It’s great that we honour these clubs who have given the game so much here in Australia and NSW, with this week’s Heritage Round.
“Each club has played a pivotal role in the development of our game and we have seen so many past and present Socceroos stars come through these ranks.”
The 12 clubs will each look back at their history including:
- APIA Leichhardt Tigers, founded in and 1954 winners of the 1987 National Soccer League, under the guidance of Australian football legend Rale Rasic.
- Blacktown City, founded in 1953 and winners of the NSW Premier League Championship in 2003, 2006, and 2007 – they’ve also taken out the 2016 PS4 National Premier Leagues Championships.
- Blacktown Spartans, founded in 2002, and winners of State League 2 in 2005, and the NSW Super League in 2011.
- Bonnyrigg White Eagles, founded in 1968, and winners of the "treble": the NSW Premier League premiership, championship, and Waratah Cup in 1992, and NSW Premier League champions in 2001, 2013 and 2015.
- Hakoah Sydney City East, founded in 1939, a foundation member of the NSL, Hakoah won four titles including three in a row from 1980 to 1982. Since 1988, the club have competed in the NSW State Leagues which has seen them win a combined total of eight Premierships, Club Championships and Championships.
- Manly United, founded in 2004, and winners of the Waratah Cup in 2011, and runners up in 2007, 2009, and 2014.
- Parramatta FC, founded in 1956 and winners of the NSW Premier League championship in 1985, 1988, 1989, 1996, 1997, and 2002.
- Rockdale City Suns, founded in 1969, and NSW Super League champions in 2002 and 2006, and NSW Premier League champions in 1984.
- Sydney Olympic, founded in 1957, and National Soccer League champions in 1990 and 2002, and NSW Premier League champions in 1980 and 2011.
- Sydney United 58, founded in 1958, and National Soccer League premiers in 1986, 1997, and 1999, and champions of the inaugural PS4 National Premier Leagues in 2013 – Also crowned 2015 Waratah Cup Champions
- Wollongong Wolves, founded in 1980, and National Soccer League champions in 2000 and 2001, and NSW Premier League champions in 1987 and 2008.
- Sutherland Sharks, founded in 1930, and NSW Premier League champions in 1978, 1986, and 2009.
Heritage Round – Saturday 28 May 2016
6:30pm – Sutherland Sharks v Manly United – Seymour Shaw
7pm – Bonnyrigg WE v Rockdale City Suns – Bonnyrigg Sports Centre
7pm – Hakoah Sydney City East v Wollongong Wolves – Hensley Athletic Field
Heritage Round – Sunday 29 May 2016
3pm – Sydney Olympic v APIA Leichhardt Tigers – Belmore Sports Ground
3pm – Parramatta FC v Blacktown Spartans – Melita Stadium
4pm – Sydney United 58 v Blacktown City – Sydney United Sports Centre
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