Greats of Australian football inducted into Football Australia Hall of Fame

Football Australia is pleased to announce that six legends of Australian football were inducted into the Football Australia Hall of Fame at the CommBank Matildas’ match in Melbourne on Saturday.

Matildas’ greats Moya Dodd and Collette Gardiner (née McCallum), former Socceroos’ Head Coach Ange Postecoglou, globally revered administrator Brendan Schwab, leading Tasmanian media personality Walter Pless, plus past Socceroo and significant contributor to the Australian game off the pitch, Ted Smith, joined an esteemed list of Australian football personalities in the Football Australia Hall of Fame.

All six were nominated to be inducted into the Football Australia Hall of Fame via a public process, with the nominees then considered by a panel of Australian football historians. 

The panel of historians provided their recommendations to the Football Australia Board, with Football Australia’s Directors subsequently ratifying each person’s elevation into the Football Australia Hall of Fame. 

Football Australia Chair, Mr Chris Nikou, said: “The Football Australia Hall of Fame is the highest honour bestowed upon players and participants who have served the game – either on or off the field – with distinction, with no better demonstration of this than our Class of 2022.

“These six highly regarded figures of the Australian football community have not only made significant contributions at a local and national level but in the case of Moya (Dodd), Ange (Postecoglou), and Brendan (Schwab), their impact and influence has been felt on the global stage.

“With Australia to co-host the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year, it’s timely that one of Australia’s greatest female footballers in Collette Gardiner is acknowledged for her pioneering feats, along with former Socceroo Ted Smith who continues to play an important role with our men’s national team, and Walter Press for his unwavering dedication to the promotion of football in Tasmania,” Nikou concluded.

Since the initial induction of 84 players and participants in 1999, more than 250 male and female players, coaches, referees, administrators, and media representatives have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to our game.

Following the induction of the sextet, Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson said: “The Football Australia Hall of Fame is an exclusive club featuring members of our community who have represented Australia with the highest of distinction, have influenced the corridors of power to drive our sport forward, or given tirelessly to support the growth of the game,” Johnson said.

“The six newest inductees are outstanding ambassadors for Australian football, and I would like to provide our warmest of congratulations to Moya (Dodd), Collette (Gardiner), Walter (Pless), Ange (Postecoglou), Brendan (Schwab), and Ted (Smith) on their richly deserved recognition and thank them for their important contribution to our great game.”

Football Australia 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

Moya Dodd

Moya Dodd's playing career spanned almost two decades with the South Australian state team, and with the Matildas from the mid-1980s to mid-90s, including as vice-captain. Since retiring as a player, Dodd has been a fearless advocate for gender equality in football and campaigning for women to have their voices heard at decision making levels in the game. Globally, she has successfully campaigned to give hundreds of millions of girls access to the game with the overturning of the hijab ban and campaigned to have women received at the FIFA Executive Committee for the first time.

Collette Gardiner (née McCallum)

Widely considered one of Australia's greatest female footballers, Collette Gardiner (née McCallum) played for almost a decade with the Matildas. As a youth player her experience was prolific before moving to the senior team where she was the key piece in the Matildas midfield for many years, including the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup™ and in Australia's victorious 2010 AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ campaign. Born in Scotland and raised in Perth, Gardiner recovered from two ACL injuries as a teenager to become a regular senior Matildas’ player by age 20. She was also one of the first Australian women to win club titles overseas.

Walter Pless

Tasmania's 'Mr Football' Walter Pless moved to Hobart from Austria as a child. His love for football grew playing for Glenorchy Knights where he rose to the senior side in the mid-1960s. After a long-playing career, Pless initially focused on coaching, and since 1978 has written and photographed extensively on the game in Tasmania. Despite retiring from full-time work in 2009, he continues to write extensively. In a region where football struggles for national prominence, Pless is an institution and his tireless work in promoting the game for over four decades makes him widely known and loved by the Tasmanian football community.

Ange Postecoglou

Australia's highest-profile international male football personality in 2022, Ange Postecoglou's recent coaching success in Scotland has just been the next step of a prolific career mostly in Australia. Postecoglou grew up in Melbourne, initially making his name at South Melbourne FC and winning national championships including as captain and coach. Club coaching success continued at Brisbane Roar FC and in Japan. His international coaching career started at a young age, initially with the Young Socceroos. Postecoglou took the senior side to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and led the Socceroos to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup™ title on home soil, Australia's most prominent international men's tournament victory. 

Brendan Schwab

Brendan Schwab is an architect of the global and Australian player association movements as a co-founder of the World Players Association, FIFPRO Asia / Oceania, the Australian Athletes' Alliance, and Professional Footballers Australia. He has played an instrumental role in the transformation of Australian football over the last two decades. Throughout a 25-year career, he has represented and worked with multiple teams and athletes in several sports, including the Socceroos and Matildas. Over the past five years, Schwab has helped pioneer global sport and human rights movements, by negotiating major human rights commitments with international governing bodies including FIFA. 

Ted Smith

Raised in Melbourne, Ted Smith played for the Victorian Colts and in the Laidlaw Cup against New Zealand youth, and was in Australia's historic 1956 Olympics squad where he played in both games in Melbourne as a 21-year-old. Smith was a foundation member of the committee appointed by then Soccer Australia to create the national Hall of Fame in the mid-1990s. After retiring, Smith has worked extensively to organise functions for the Socceroos, especially when touring teams have visited. Despite his ageing years, he is still actively promoting the sport in particular the men's national team, including the important Centenary Year in 2022.

Football Australia – Hall of Fame Inductees

2022 (6)

Moya Dodd

Collette Gardiner (nee McCallum)

Walter Pless

Ange Postecoglou

Brendan Schwab

Ted Smith


2021 (4)

Heather Garriock

Kathryn Gill

Joseph Huxley-Honeysett

Mark Schwarzer


2019 (4)

Leigh Wardell

Harry Kewell

Branko Culina

Sir Frank Lowy


2018 (3)

Sonia Gegenhuber

Mark Bresciano

Andrew Dettre


2016 (3)

Tammy Ogston

Peter Raskopoulos

Sacha Wainwright


2015 (2)

Lisa Casagrande

John Moriarty


2014 (5)

Sandra Brentnall

Stefan Kamasz

Damian Mori

Tom Sermanni

Mark Viduka

2013 (2)

James Fraser

Linda Hughes


2012 (3)

Alison Forman

Scott Chipperfield

Alan Vessey


2011 (4)

Craig Moore

Dianne Alagich

Ted Simmons

Mike Cockerill


2010 (5)

Ned Zelic

Joanne Peters

Stan Lazaridis

Martyn Crook

Mark Shield


2009 (5)

Tony Vidmar

Cheryl Salisbury

Paul Okon

John Economos

Sam Vella


2008 (11)

Tracey Wheeler

George Keith

Cliff Almond

Julie Murray

Aurelio Vidmar

Mike Wells

George Dick OAM

Donato Di Fabrizio

John De Witt

Peter Desira

John Thomson


2007 (9)

Alex Tobin

Terry Greedy

Steve Blair

Anissa Tan

Eddie Lennie

Heather Reid

John Barclay

Ted Rowley

Trixie Tagg


2006 (9)

David Mitchell

Charlie Stewart

Peter Sharne

Ernie Campbell

Robert Zabica

Fred Villiers

Raul Blanco

Andre Kruger

Ray Sandell


2005 (11)

Mike Petersen

Robbie Slater

Allan Maher

Alec Cameron

Craig Johnston

Bruce Morrow

Roger Lamb

Vic Dalgleish

Harry Hetherington

Phil Murphy

Gary Wilkins

2004 (11)

Graham Arnold

Jack Hughes

Jack Reilly

Todd Clarke

Ian Gray

Sue Monteath

Peter Thorne

Jane Oakley

Roy Druery

Gordon Dunster

Fred Hutchison

2003 (18)

Wally Savor

Percy Lennard

William "Bill" Henderson

Milan Ivanovic

Colin Bennett

Gary Cole

Steve O'Connor

Roy Crowhurst

Theresa Deas

David Harding

Betty Hoar

Les Murray

Peter Gray

Ken Allen

Vito Cilauro

Denis Harlow

Joseph J Honeysett

Peter Van Ryn


2002 (15)

James Wilkinson

Cindy Heydon

George Harris

Branko Buljevic

Stan Ackerley

Peter Ollerton

Joanne Millman

Norman Conquest

Fred Robins

Eddie Thomson

George Vasilopoulos

Allan Crisp

Siri Kannangara

Dennis McDermott

Rodney Woods


2001 (24)

Bill Vojtek

Cecil Drummond

Alan Davidson

Frank Farina

Tony Henderson

Pat O'Connor

David Ratcliffe

Jim Tansey

Leo Baumgartner

Gary Byrne

Robert Dunn

Ken Murphy

John Constantine

Basil Scarsella

Charles Caruso

Doug Rennie

Bill Vrolyks

George Wallace

Les Broadbent

Sid Grant

Eric Heath

Bob McShane

Arthur Roberts

Bill Turner

2000 (19)

Adrian Alston

Eddie Krncevic

Paul Wade

Oscar Crino

Doug Utjesenovic

Murray Barnes

Ron Corry

Alex Gibb

Kevin O'Neill

Joe Watson

Chris Bambridge

Les Scheinflug

Don Sutherland

Charles Valentine

Barry Bainbridge

Jim Connell

Charles Perkins

Emmanuel Poulakakis

John Taylor


1999 – Inaugural induction (84)

George Smith

Cliff Sander

John Perin

Frank Parsons

Jeff Olver

Gordon Nunn

Sergio Melta

Gary Marocchi

Allan Johns

Tom Jack

William "Bill" Henderson

Jack Evans

Michael De Bruyckere

William Coolahan

Jim Armstrong

Ron Adair

John Watkiss

Ray Richards

Graham Jennings

Col Curran

Charlie Yankos

1999 – Inaugural induction (cont.)

Harry Williams

Manfred Schaefer

John Nyskohus

James McNabb

William Maunder

Jimmy MacKay

Frank Loughran

Bob Lawrie

Julie Dolan

Ray Baartz

Peter Wilson

Johnny Warren, MBE

Jim Rooney

Alf Quill

James "Judy" Masters

Joe Marston MBE

Ron Lord

John Kosmina

Reg Date

Bob Bignell

Attila Abonyi

Ron Wright

Sir William Walkley

Joe Vlasits

William Thomas

Ron Smith

Martin Royal

Peter Nikolich

Des Miles

Graham McMillan

Frank McIver

Zoran Matic

Jack Logan

Brian Lefevre

Tony Kovac OAM

Tom Grimson

Keith Gilmour

Pam Gilbert

Harry Croft

Donald Campbell

Fred Barlow

Eric Worthington

Laurie Schwab

Les Scheinflug

Julius Re

Sam Papasavas OAM

Dieter Klose

Brian Corrigan

Ian Brusasco AM

Giacomo "Jim" Bayutti OA

Frank Arok

Michael Weinstein AM, BEM

Elaine Watson OAM

Vic Tuting MBE

Robert Telfer

Rale Rasic

Theo Maramaris MBE

Arthur Gibbs

John Walter Fletcher

Harry Dockerty

Tony Boscovic

Connie Selby

Sir Arthur George AO