Legend is a word that is bandied around far too liberally today, especially when its true meaning refers to mythical people and deeds. However when it comes to modern-day parlance there is no doubt that Bobby Despotovski and Damien Mori will always be legends when people talk about Perth Glory, due to their outstanding goal- scoring exploits.
Bobby Despotovski was without a shadow of a doubt one of the players of his generation in Australia. His vision on the pitch was remarkable, his skill sublime and he knew where the back of the net was.
He had an outstanding career which is often overlooked because he likes to say what he thinks and sadly many in Football in Australia do not like to hear opinions that differ from theirs.
He scored over 120 goals for Perth Glory, and won the Johnny Warren Medal, the highest accolade in the game domestically. He also won four caps for Australia and scored five goals.
He is now going to be honoured once more by being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame here in Western Australia on Saturday 19th May at the Novotel Langley Hotel.
There will be other well known names from recent times being honoured along with Despotovski and tickets to the event are still available and can be obtained by contacting the Hall of Fame secretary, Barbara Gibson, on 9526 0330 — or treasurer Bob Brown by email at email@example.com
The Hall of Fame plays a crucial part in the future of Football here in Western Australia as it gives us a history on which we can build. It would be good to see more clubs and current players and coaches supporting the event and learning about the players of yesteryear and the issues of their day.