19 October 2023

Score a night with Australian football royalty

| Jarryd Rowley
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Graham Arnold will be leading the conversation at Wagga Football's A Night of Football.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold is one of the most successful Australian-born coaches ever and will be making his way to Wagga next week. Photo: Graham Arnold/Instagram.

Graham Arnold is one of the most influential figures in Australian football history.

He has taken the Socceroos to World Cups, led the development of the sport in the country and paved the way for Australian coaches, such as Ange Postecoglou, to make their mark on the international stage.

For one night only, the legendary coach, alongside two local pioneers of women’s soccer, Sally Shipard and Joey Peters, will be leading the conversation and telling stories as the headline speakers of the Wagga Wagga and District Football Trust’s ‘A Night of Football’ event.

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The event will kick off at 6 pm, Thursday 26 October at the Range Function Centre and is promising to be a must-attend for any local football fan.

Director of the Wagga Wagga and District Football Trust Peter Adams said the night would be filled with constructive and honest conversation about soccer in the region, while also being an insightful and enjoyable evening with some of the sport’s most revered figures.

“Graham, Sally and Joey have all represented Australia proudly through a period of growth for the sport,” Mr Adams said.

“Graham is one of the most influential people in Australian sport at this point in time, it is an honour and a privilege to have him come down to Wagga to speak to members of the Riverina football community.”

A Night of Football features a stacked list of local and national talent.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold and local Matildas legends Sally Shipard and Joey Peters headline Wagga Football’s A Night of Football. Photo: Supplied.

The Socceroos are fresh off their trip to Wembley Stadium in London, where they were narrowly defeated by the much higher ranked English side 2-1.

“We are excited to hear the stories and experiences of Graham and his side, especially after an incredible performance by the men’s side in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and obviously the Matildas – who are probably the country’s new favourite sporting team – earlier this year in Australia,” Mr Adams said.

Accompanying Mr Arnold are two of the Riverina’s most decorated female sporting stars with Wagga’s own Sally Shipard and Leeton’s Joanne Peters.

“When you think of Riverina sporting legends, you think of Sally and Joey,” Mr Adams said.

“Between them, they have been to over five FIFA World Cups, three Olympic Games and 150 appearances in the green and gold. They played during a time when women’s sports weren’t as prominent and have seen the growth of not only soccer but women’s sport as a whole.”

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People interested in attending this fantastic opportunity will have until the evening of Friday (20 October) to book their spots.

“We have seen a lot of interest in the event, but we are encouraging people to book before it’s too late,” Mr Adams said.

To book your place for A Night of Football, click here.

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