M.O.F. Committee

Garth Penglase

Garth Penglase

Vale Michael Cockerill

Football has lost one of its great off-field champions with the passing of journalist and commentator Michael Cockerill on August 31.

Revered for his fearless approach to his commentary, both written and spoken, Mike held a life-long vision of football realising its full potential in the hearts and minds of the Australian sporting public. He was not only a passionate supporter of the Socceroos but dreamt of the day when the A-League would become as vital as any of the domestic premierships played around the world.

For Tuesday night's qualifier against Thailand the Socceroos paid tribute to Mike by wearing white socks. A man with a great eye for tradition, it was one of his pet beliefs that the team should revert to wearing the white socks as part of the national kit.
Before kickoff to the match his colleagues at Fox Sports broadcast a fitting tribute.


Mike was a member and great supporter of Men of Football, actively encouraging past-players of all levels and abilities to retain their links and sense of belonging to the game through MOF membership.
He is survived by his wife Jo and children Daisy and Toby.


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QLD-NT Chapter Committee

The commitee members for the Queensland-Northern Territory chapter of Men of Football are:

Greg Brown (President)
Steve Maugham
Simon Suggett
Rohan Cassell
Nigel Dowling
Frazer Watson
Brett Beves
Noel Lord

Northern Suburbs Sydney Committee Members

President – Ben Mathes (Kuringai Referees)
Vice President – Anthony Damianos (Nth Sydney United)
Patron – Robbie Hooker (Ex Socceroo, Ex NSL player, local identity)
Treasurer – Alan Clarke (Hornsby RSL)
Secretary – Penny Howell (St Ives)
Committee Member– Alan Woods (Kuringai Referees)
Committee Member – Dimitrios Gongolidis (Kuringai Referees)
Committee Member – Steve Lumley (Mt Colah)

New Men of Football Chapter – Northern Suburbs Sydney

Men of Football Ltd is pleased to announce that a new chapter has been formed in the north of Sydney and is called the Northern Suburbs Chapter. A steering committee has been formed and comprises a number of players and officials involved in football activities in the Northern Suburbs Football Association.

Former Professional football player and local identity Robbie Hooker has agreed to be patron of the Northern Suburbs Chapter. His bio is 25 caps for the Socceroos, 400 plus NSL Games, former assistant coach of the Matildas from 2005-2010 and former assistant coach of the Socceroos from 2010-2014. He is currently an Advanced Coach Education Instructor for FFA and FNSW.
The new chapter will soon commence a campaign within the football community in order to elevate awareness of the Men of Football cause and to encourage membership.

For more information in relation to this new chapter and how Men of Football could possibly assist you or your club please contact Ben Mathes on 0414 592 457. Please also refer to the chapter details for information relating to the full committee.

You’ll never walk alone.

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