It’s been an exciting month for the Wanderers in the community with a number of programs and appearances making headlines.Jerrad Tyson was part of the entire squad visiting a club in Western Sydney with the Blue Mountains Gazette featuring his visit to Blue Mountains FC in the paper.
“We were extremely honours to be hosting a player visit, and for our players to be part of over 4,000 Western Sydney junior footballers who got to meet their heroes on Saturday”, said Blue Mountains FC president, David Smith.
That wasn’t the only player appearance though with the Northern District Times reporting that our captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley and goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson attended Spirit FC’s memorial day to commemorate the tragic death of Aiden Smith.
The players helped run a line and coach one of the team from the touchline at Christie Park.
There was more action on the pitch later in the month as a group of former Socceroos, former Wanderers and media personalities celebrated history as the Wanderers Heritage XI took on The King’s School XI.
It was to commemorate the first ever match of football in NSW back in 1880 and The Western Weekender’s Nathan Taylor was one of the media personalities to pull on the Red & Black.
“My first assignment was to play right-back. Once I figured out exactly what right-back did and where they stood, the nerves started to really settle in.”
There has also been a host of Wanderers Schools Cup action with qualifying tournaments played throughout the region.
With all schools from Western Sydney welcome to compete, it was great to see their local papers getting behind each of the schools.
The Fairfield Champion put together a collage of their local qualifying tournament while some schools were nominated for Team Spirit Awards in the NewsLocal Junior Sports Star awards such as Cecil Hills in the Liverpool Leader and St Bernadette’s in the Hills Shire Times.
The Mt Druitt Standard was particularly proud of their local teams, putting them on the back page while the Wollondilly Advertiser gave a nice wrap of the Macarthur tournament.
Footy Colours Day was a prevalent event in the community this year and the Wanderers were also involved with Shannon Cole being an ambassador for the day.
Wanderers fan Brendan Upsall, who played a big part in Footy Colours Day being adopted by his school, received a visit from Shannon which was reported in the Parramatta Advertiser.
“He is an amazing kid. He was so happy and positive – it was inspiring”, Cole said.
“I feel like Footy Colours Day is something everyone should get behind. To show support for children with cancer and their families is the least we can all do.”
The Penrith Press also reported on Footy Colours Day.