Today Socceroo #275, John Karaspyros has nominated the Marrickville Red Devils as his GrassRoots football club. Mackey Park, just up the river from Sydney airport, is a hive of activity in winter & a number of big names have come through the club, but John is the first (thus far) to give them his nomination. A pleasure to chat and say, welcome aboard sir.
Greg Werner began playing in 1965, with the GrassRoots club of Socceroo skipper Murray Barnes, a change of suburb at age 6 and a new club, one that would become the GrassRoots club of Rob Wheatley & after a 27 year hiatus came back to playing with the GrassRoots club of Socceroos Steve Perry, Richie Bell, Chris Iconomidis & Matilda, Justine Fisher, one could say that the links with the NT are ingrained.
At age 55, when his body gave up on playing, he took up the whistle to stay actively involved. In November of 2014 he created the GFP on Facebook to fill the void left by those in control of the game & in January 2016 launched this website.