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The St George region has been praised as the perfect location for a new national football museum.

The idea has been put forward by Georges River Councillor Lou Konjarski in a Notice of Motion at the recent council meeting.

He was supported by St George Football Association chief executive officer Craig Kiely who told the council that St George has played a crucial role in the history of the sport in Australia.

“A museum will be a fine achievement for Australia’s largest participation sport and Georges River Council can be the driving force behind that in bringing it to life,” he said.

“Many would argue that the St George region is the perfect location for a football or sports museum.”

Mr Kiely said the St George region has been called the spiritual home of the sport in Australia.

“Some of Australia’s iconic football names have had part of all of their football journey in the St George area and have helped to create a magical history for the game both at a local, national and international level,” he said.

These names include Johnny Warren, George Harris, Trixie Tagg, and the first indigenous player to represent Australia at the World Cup, Harry Williams.

“St George is the home of the first semi-professional football club in Australia, St George-Budapest. They were founded in 1957 and played their home games at Hurstville Oval.

“When Australia qualified for its first men’s World Cup in 1974, five of those players were from St George.

“To have a football museum in the St George area will be a huge attraction for the area. There will be no better location for a football museum in Australia,” Mr Kiely said.

In putting forward his Motion on establishing a football museum in the Georges River Local Government Area, Cr Konjarski said, “We have a proud sporting heritage. We have produced many international champions.

“A football museum will showcase our proud sporting heritage and put Georges River Council as a leader of sporting excellence,” he said.

Amongst other things, the museum feasibility report will consider opportunities to co-locate with an existing museum or facility; the operation of existing museums or exhibitions in Australia with a sporting focus; potential future locations for a football museum; potential future partnerships; and potential grant funding that may be available for State or Federal Government.