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Griffith Italian Heritage Trail

12 – Site of first soccer game, 1950

Corner Hanwood Road and Wattle Street, Hanwood

Soccer became established as a major football code in Griffith in the 1950s. It started with an impromptu game played by a group of young Italian men one Sunday afternoon. The game took place in what was then a paddock behind the present Hanwood Post Office. From this came the formation of the Griffith Soccer Club. The club’s first official game was played in May 1950. Its culturally diverse membership reflected the different migrant groups that settled in Griffith in the postwar period.

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