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Jun 26, 2012   |  4:13PM AET

Parliament praise for Wanderers FC

Parliament praise for Wanderers FC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC were praised in federal parliament yesterday, as Ed Husic MP spoke about the importance of football in the region.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC were praised in federal parliament yesterday, as Ed Husic MP spoke about the importance of football in the region.

Husic, federal member for Chifley and fan of Mt Druitt Rangers FC, touched on the game’s origins in western Sydney, and took a moment to highlight Wanderers FC’s introduction to the Hyundai A-League.

“While many will lay claim to the origins of Football in Australia, Western Sydney has a compelling place in the game-s history,” Husic said.

“The first recorded match played in NSW under Association Football rules took place when the Wanderers played the Kings School Rugby team at the Parramatta Common on 14 August 1880.

“Given the regions strong links to the game of Football, it was fitting today that the new Western Sydney franchise was unveiled as the Western Sydney Wanderers, the same name as that first team.

“Like many others who grew up in Western Sydney, I look forward to the game-s heartland being represented in its premier competition for the first time since 2004. This is terrific news. I cannot wait to see them play.

“While few of the games founders will still be around, I-m sure many of their children and grandchildren are still active and involved in the game in Western Sydney and will rejoice when a local team proudly takes to the field in the A-League.”

Download the full speech below.