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54729186 2388996157811229 8191894013897342976 nFox Sport is in the process of producing a full length program about the F.F.A. Cup and the history of the competition. Fox Sport employee and long-time football fan Ben Coonan noticed that though the F.F.A. Cup has only been around since 2012, an Australia-wide knockout cup competition was held from 1962 until 1968.

Ben wanted to include a Melbourne club that had a link to the Australia Cup.

He noticed that three Melbourne clubs won this competition, but his research also revealed two of the three former winners no longer existed. The only club still around from that golden era was George Cross and it was a no brainer for him to include our club for his story.

When Ben Coonan first made the suggestion to club Secretary Liza Djuric, she immediately embraced the idea and couldn’t wait to inform the rest of the Board of Management. 

Ben Coonan began his story when he visited Chaplin Reserve on Tuesday afternoon and launched the first of many of interviews he will hold with club officials. Former President Alfred Zahra and supporter Victor Brincat were interviewed by Ben in his first segment. Lots of filming took place of the soon to part old ground, as well as club memorabilia. More interviews will be held over the coming weeks with club officials, coaches and players.

Ben also delighted every supporter present when he said he made a suggestion to Football Australia, the Australia Cup trophy should make its way to Melbourne and be handed to George Cross for good. He said this cup is still highly valued and very much appreciated at George Cross instead of being unnoticed at the headquarters of the Federation. Ben said Federation officials were keen on the idea, but nothing is signed sealed or delivered just yet. Here’s hoping for a favourable reply from Football Australia and the Australia Cup will come home in time for the opening of our new stadium.

Keep your fingers crossed Georgie fans.

Fox Sport plan to air this program sometime in June and it will be a must watch show for every George Cross fan.

On behalf of the club we thank Ben Coonan for including our club in this special story and his suggestion to bring the Australia Cup to George Cross.    

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