In celebration of the first recorded football match in New South Wales, the Wanderers Heritage XI will play The King’s School Old Boys on Saturday 23 August at The King’s School, North Parramatta.
The original match, played in 1880, was organised by John Walter Fletcher and was held between students from The King’s School First XV rugby squad and a team that was to be called the Wanderers; the first association football club in the land.
2014 will see the second edition of what is now an annual event to recognise the rich history of football in Western Sydney and at the same time will raise money for Ronald McDonald House Westmead.
The Wanderers Heritage XI will feature football personalities such as Ian “Dicko” Dickson and Western Sydney legend Mark Bosnich as well as Club Members, Wandercrew volunteers and representatives from our seven core associations.
The famous ‘Poznan’, seen at Wanderland and throughout Australia during away matches, is a celebration of the original match in 1880. No matter where the Wanderers are playing, when the clock strikes 80:00 you’ll see everyone in Red & Black turn-around, link arms and jump up and down in tribute of the original Wanderers and Western Sydney’s rich footballing history.
The Heritage Match is part of The King’s School Spring Festival and kicks-off at 1pm and will be followed by a barbeque to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Westmead.