A-League 2020/21 Season Fixtures Released
The fixtures for the A-League 2020/21 Season have been released and Glory Members and fans certainly have plenty to look forward to, including back-to-back home games in the opening two rounds of the new campaign and a run of four consecutive fixtures at HBF Park in May.
And there is further good news for those of a purple persuasion, with all of the club's summer games having evening kick-off times, ensuring that spectator comfort is not compromised by the heat.
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Old foes Adelaide United will provide the opposition in the opening game on Saturday 16 January (kick-off at 6.20pm WST), with Glory's start having been delayed in response to the squad being forced to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine following the conclusion of their AFC Champions League campaign.
Brisbane Roar are up next at HBF Park four days later (Wednesday 20 January at 6.20pm WST), before Richard Garciá's men head to New South Wales to play three consecutive away games in the space of eight days against Western Sydney Wanderers, Wellington Phoenix (who will be based in NSW) and Newcastle Jets.
February, meanwhile, will see Glory play three times at home, with two of those fixtures against league new boys Macarthur Bulls FC and the other a clash with Melbourne Victory.
Away meetings with Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar get the month of March underway, before Glory settle into a more conventional home-away, home-away pattern for the next six rounds.
April's highlights include two visits to one of the club's favourite away venues, AAMI Park, for meetings with Melbourne Victory on the 12th and Melbourne City on the 28th.
May is the final month of the regular season and it is set to be an extremely busy one, featuring no fewer than six games.
First up is an away clash with Macarthur Bulls, followed by the run of four back-to-back home games on the 5th, 9th, 16th and 23rd when Western United, Adelaide United, Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney Wanderers will provide the opposition.
The regular season will then conclude with a visit to Gosford to take on Central Coast Mariners on Sunday 30 May.
Glory CEO Tony Pignata is confident that Glory Members and fans will be pleased with the fixture list and he cannot wait for the new campaign to get underway.
"We’re all hugely excited at the prospect of the Glory family returning to HBF Park and once again creating what we believe is the best match day atmosphere in the country," he said.
"Absence has definitely made the heart grow fonder as far as seeing our team playing here in Perth is concerned, so starting the season with two home games is especially welcome.
"Having four consecutive home games during the run-in to the end of the campaign is also a major plus.
"Afternoon kick-off times during the height of summer have long been a bugbear of our Members and fans, so we’re delighted to see that this issue has been resolved this year.
"On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank Football Federation Australia and the Leagues for all the hard work they have put into creating this draw in extremely challenging circumstances and urge our Members and fans to get on board for what I’m confident will be another season to remember."
Perth Glory Media Release: Fornaroli, Kilkenny and Celia claim 2019/20 Most Glorious Player honours
Fornaroli, Kilkenny and Celia claim 2019/20 Most Glorious Player honours
Bruno Fornaroli, Neil Kilkenny and Celia Jimenez Delgado have claimed the 2019/20 Most Glorious Player (MGP) Awards.
During the online Awards event held earlier this evening, Fornaroli and Kilkenny became the first joint-winners of the Men’s MGP Award since Simon Colosimo and David Tarka shared the honour in 2006-07.
Spanish international midfielder Celia, meanwhile, became the third overseas player to claim the Women’s MGP Award, following in the footsteps of Alexandra Nilsson and Vanessa DiBernardo.
There were more international winners in a number of other categories, with Spanish midfielder Juande taking out the A-League Players’ Player of the Year Award for a second successive season, Fornaroli adding the A-League Golden Boot to his MGP Award and rising American star Morgan Andrews bagging both the W-League Players’ Player Award and Golden Boot.
James Meredith’s stunning strike against Western Sydney Wanderers in Round 26 was named Glory’s A-League Goal of the Season.
At youth level, meanwhile, defender Alessandro Circati took out the Most Glorious Youth Player Award and two of the club’s most gifted young talents, Jaylan Pearman and Royie Rahamim, shared the newly-introduced PGFC Academy Rising Star Award.
Perth Glory CEO Tony Pignata paid tribute to each of the nine winners.
"Many congratulations to all those players who have been honoured this evening," he said.
"Their outstanding performances during what was a challenging year bear testament not only to their ability, but also to their attitude and professionalism.
"Hopefully next year circumstances will allow us to return to a traditional MGP Awards evening which I know is an event that many of our members and fans, along with our players and staff, really look forward to."
Full List of Winners:
Most Glorious Player (Men's) Award - Bruno Fornaroli and Neil Kilkenny
Most Glorious Player (Women's) Award: Celia Jimenez Delgado
Most Glorious Youth Player Award: Alessandro Circati
A-League Players' Player of the Year Award: Juande
A-League Golden Boot Award: Bruno Fornaroli
A-League Goal of the Season: James Meredith (Round 26 v Western Sydney Wanderers)
Westfield W-League Players' Player of the Year Award: Morgan Andrews
Westfield W-League Golden Boot Award: Morgan Andrews
PGFC Academy Rising Star Award: Jaylan Pearman and Royie Rahamim
Perth Glory Media Release: Velaphi returns to hometown club
Velaphi returns to hometown club
Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Tando Velaphi has signed a one-year deal with the club.
The former Australia Under-23 international returns for what is a third spell with his hometown club for whom he has previously made a total of 74 A-League appearances.
With the AFC Champions League and A-League campaigns rapidly approaching, Velaphi cannot wait to resume his Glory career.
"I’m a Perth boy and the club is very special to me," he said, "so I’m really pleased to be back.
"Football is always full of twists and turns and now I’m really looking forward to taking the opportunity that has been handed to me by [Head Coach] Richard Garcia."
Garcia is similarly thrilled that Velaphi is back on board.
"Tando is a fantastic, experienced goalkeeper and it is great to have two genuine A-League number ones fighting it out for a starting spot," he said.
"As well as a consummate professional, Tando is also a great person and I know how much it means to him to represent his hometown club."
Perth Glory Media Release: Goalkeeper departs club
Goalkeeper departs club
Perth Glory can confirm that the contract of goalkeeper Daniel Margush has been terminated by mutual consent.
The 22-year-old joined the club earlier this year and was a part of the squad that completed the A-League 2019/20 Season in the New South Wales hub.
“We’d like to thank Daniel for his service and wish him all the very best in the next chapter of his career,” said Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia.
Perth Glory Media Release: Despotovski steps down as W-League Head Coach
Despotovski steps down as W-League Head Coach
Perth Glory can today confirm that Bobby Despotovski has stepped down as the club’s Westfield W-League Head Coach.
Glory’s all-time record goalscorer took charge of the team in 2015 and subsequently guided them to two Grand Finals in 2017 and 2019.
He reflected fondly upon his five years at the helm which also witnessed Sam Kerr’s development into a global superstar of the sport.
"I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to what we have achieved," he said, "and I feel that we achieved a lot.
"As well as reaching the two Grand Finals, we played our part in producing one of the best footballers in the world.
"But the proudest thing for me is that this club now represents the people and players of Perth and WA.
"A lot of young players have come through and are continuing to come through and they have to be kept at Glory to ensure its viability.
"In particular, I’d like to thank the two assistants I worked with in Collette McCallum and Jessine Bonzas, with the part Jessine played in the collaboration between the NTC and Perth Glory enabling a lot of young kids to make the step up to W-League football.
"People step in and step out of football for a number of different reasons and I’ll definitely still come to games and support the team."
Glory CEO Tony Pignata was quick to acknowledge Despotovski’s contribution.
"Glory have become established as a consistent force in the Westfield W-League during Bobby’s five seasons in charge and on behalf of the club, I would like to thank him for the huge amount of work that he has put in," he said.
"He displayed the same level of passion for Glory in the role of W-League Head Coach as he did during his playing days with the club and helped provide our Members and fans with a number of unforgettable moments.
"We wish him all the very best in his future endeavours."