On Monday (16/3) Sydney FC has inducted eight of the greatest names in the club’s history into its Inaugural Hall of Fame at the Sky Blues’ 10 Year Anniversary. The names including stars Steve Corica, Dwight Yorke, Mark Rudan, Clint Bolton, Terry McFlynn and Alessandro del Piero. It also includes former coaches Pierre Littbarksi and Vitezslave Lavicka; whom were announced as the Initial Hall of Fame members as Allianz Stadium hosted first ever banquet along the stadium’s playing surface.
This is the same day the club celebrate its 10-year anniversary, and it could be perfect moment to praise those who helped drag the game of Australian football from darkness into the light. The Sky Blues, so ambitious, were at the head of the queue from day one.
Scott Barlow, Sydney FC chairman said, “this is a club with a fantastic history which has played host to some of Australian football’s biggest and best.” The first eight inductees to the Hall of Fame will be enshrined in the history of their outstanding contribution to the club. “We look forward to welcoming further inductees in future years.”
Sky Blues assistant coach Steve Corica was announced as Sydney FC’s number one Hall of Fame member. “It was amazing, unexpected and a big surprise to be inaugurated as the first player in the Sydney FC Hall of Fame,” said two time Sky Blues Championship winner.
Corica had established himself as the foundation squad member, scorer of the goal which won the first A-League grand final, a title-winning captain four years later, a championship-winning youth league coach and now assistant to head coach Graham Arnold.
While Mark Rudan, Sydney FC’s 2005/2006 Championship winning captain said, “I’m extremely honored and proud to be considered as an inaugural member of the Hall of Fame.” According to Rudan, Sydney FC means a lot to him and he had a superb three years with the club which were very special in his life.
Yorke did not able to come to the inauguration but provided a heartfelt video message, one which revealed his deep sense of pride at taking a punt on a club that. Historically, Sydney FC was the club that resurrected Yorke’s broken career, making him a star again and earning him a $500,000 transfer back to English Premier League at Sunderland.
That was a day for reflection and celebration, and commemorating all the hard work that has taken Sydney FC from an ambitious concept to being, as chairman Scott Barlow put it, “the biggest-drawing tenant at Allianz stadium.”