As Perth Glory prepare to write another chapter in their oft-forgotten illustrious history in the A-League grand final this weekend, the stories of the club’s championship-winning teams come back into focus.

The last great Perth Glory team faced Parramatta Power in the 2003/04 NSL grand final, sinking the hosts 1-0 with a golden goal early in extra time.

Glory’s starting 11 and two substitutes on that day gave Perth their last genuine moment of greatness before the barren A-League era began, but where are those players now?

STARTING XI

Jason Petkovic

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We’ll start at the back with Jason Petkovic, who played 177 games for Glory in both the NSL and A-League combined. The club legend kept a clean sheet in the 2003/04 NSL grand final, earning his second championship medal with his home side.

Petkovic retired in 2009 playing his last game for Glory under coach Dave Mitchell. In 2019 Petkovic is spending his days post-playing career involved in WA football and his father’s cabinet making business, and currently sits on the board of Football West.

Matthew Bingley

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Matthew Bingley was a Perth Glory player for one season but he made that season count, contributing to the championship-winning clean sheet against Parramatta.

Bingley retired from football with 14 Socceroos caps to his name and has since returned to live in Sydney.

Shaun Murphy

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Shaun Murphy lifted the NSL trophy for Perth Glory, captaining the side in the 20003/04 grand final.

Now living in Perth, Murphy has coached football at youth level and is said to be working in property development.

Jamie Harnwell

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Club legend Jamie Harnwell played 256 times for Glory, and the 2003/04 grand final would rank amongst his most crucial appearances.

After his retirement Harnwell remained associated with the club as he coached Perth Glory Women in the W-League. However, a fallout with the club arose when his position as head coach was re-advertised for the season after he won the Premiers Plate, resulting in Harnwell cutting ties with the club.

Harnwell is now Head Coach of NPLWA club Sorrento FC, is Head of Development at Football West and a Commentator for Fox Sports.

Jamie Coyne

Jamie Coyne started the 2003/04 grand final and was substituted in the 95th minute. His removal from the game was the clear catalyst for Glory’s victory as Nik Mrdja scored the golden goal three minutes later to end the game. For that you could call him a hero, if you’d like.

Coyne now lives in Perth and is Director of My Global Team, a local outsourcing company.

Mark Byrnes

Mark Byrnes played in Glory’s defence in the 2003/04 grand final and was the only Glory player to receive a yellow card in the game.

After his stint in Perth Byrnes played for Melbourne Victory, before retiring from professional football. He is now a Key Account Manager for Adidas after he performed the same role at New Balance from 2010-2016.

Tom Pondeljak

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After the 2003/04 NSL campaign the competition ceased to exist, and like many players in the league Tom Pondeljak went to the Malaysian Super League (playing for for Johor DT) before returning to Australia for the inaugural A-League season.

Pondeljak played for Central Coast Mariners until signing for his home side Melbourne Victory, where he scored the winning goal in Victory’s 1-0 A-League grand final win over Adelaide United in 2009, earning him the Joe Marston Medal.

He left Victory in 2012, retired in 2013 and is now living in Melbourne.

Jade North 

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Before his extensive A-League career at Newcastle Jets, Wellington Phoenix and most notably Brisbane Roar, Jade North was a Perth Glory NSL champion.

North is one of Australia’s all-time best Indigenous footballers, winning the 2016 NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year. In 2018 North retired from professional football and has since continues his work as Founding Director of Kickin With a Cuz, a football program for Indigenous children founded by North in 2017.

Bobby Despotovski

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Before there was Diego Castro Bobby Despotovski reigned supreme as the unrivalled Perth Glory G.O.A.T. He didn’t score in this game, but he earned himself a second NSL championship as Glory concluded the NSL era as kings of the country.

Fast-forward to 2019 and Despotovski is still working with the club, now as the Perth Glory W-League head coach. Despotovski’s side knocked premiers Melbourne Victory out of the W-League finals before losing the grand final to Sydney FC in February.

Adrian Caceres

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Welp.

After the 2003/04 NSL grand final played for a number of A-League and overseas clubs including Melbourne Victory, Central Coast and Wellington, whilst also spending time as Perth Glory A-League player.

However, since March 2019 Caceres has been in prison, serving an 18-month sentence for dealing methamphetamine.

Damian Mori

Damian Mori scored 77 goals in 112 NSL appearances for Perth Glory, but not even he could get on the scoresheet in the 2003/04 NSL final.

In 2018 Mori ended his tenure as coach of Adelaide City FC, a club he both played for and managed sporadically over his long career.

SUBSTITUTES

Brad Hassell

Brad Hassell played three minutes of the 2003/04 grand final, but that was all it took for his name to be forever written in the Perth Glory record books.

After his stint at Glory Hassell played for a variety of teams around Australia’s state leagues, and is now a Youth Development Trainer at Football West.

Nik Mrdja

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The hero of the day, Nik Mrdja replaced Despotovski late in regular time and proceeded to score the winner early on in extra time, sealing the NSL championship with a goal in the 98th minute of the golden goal finals format.

Mrdja went on to play for AIK in Sweden, and returned to Australia to play for Central Coast and Melbourne Victory.

However, things took an ugly turn for Mrdja in April of this year, when the former Glory star faced court on a number of drugs, weapons and stolen property charges. Mrdja is currently on bail and his case will resume in June.

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Football nut, student journalist and firm believer that Berisha dived in the 2012 A-League Grand Final. Covering Perth Glory for the 2018/19 season.