Where are they now: Perth Glory’s first ever A-League Men’s starting XI

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While it was Perth Glory’s ninth season as a football club, the 2005/06 season would be their first competing in the A-League Men which succeeded the National Soccer League.

With this season marking the 25th anniversary of Perth Glory, we thought it would be worthwhile to give fans the ultimate throwback to Glory’s first ever ALM starting XI.

Jason Petkovic

Considered Perth Glory’s greatest goalkeeper of all time, Petkovic served Glory for nine years and helped his side become back-to-back champions during the final seasons of the NSL.

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Since his retirement in 2009, Petka has kept himself busy from working at his family’s cabinetry business and lending his services in a coaching capacity to aspiring goalkeepers.

He kept connections with his childhood club by volunteering his time at Cockburn City and eventually coaching some of Glory’s junior NPL goalkeepers.

In 2019, Petkovic was appointed to the board of Football West as a non-executive director where he remains as the Chair of Football West’s Game and Development Committee.

Ante Kovacevic

The Croatian defender had a coloured career in Melbourne before making his way to Glory for their inaugural 2005/06 season. However, he left the A-League Men in 2007 but his connection to football remained.

From 2009, Kovacevic spent six years with Glory as a football operations manager and in 2015 took his expertise to Adelaide in a similar role during which time the Reds won a championship and the FFA Cup.

More recently, in 2020, he was appointed as the general manager of football for Western United.

Jamie Coyne

Younger brother to Glory’s current assistant coach, Chris Coyne, Jamie commenced with Glory during their championship years in the final seasons of the NSL.

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After Coyne’s stint overseas, he made his way back to Glory this time playing in the A-League Men and captained the Perth side during the 2008/09 season.

Coyne was part of the first squad to make finals in 2009/10 season, something Glory had not done before in their ALM history. He later left for Sydney FC in 2011 only to end his professional football career with Melbourne Heart at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Coyne left football to venture into business and for the last seven years has been the director of advisory and HR consultant company Azenda Pty Ltd.

Simon Colosimo

Colosimo has quite the resume and made two returns to Australia to play for Glory and captained the side in the 2007/08 season.

Following exposed dealings linking him to Sydney FC, the skipper had a hostile end to his career in Perth.

Colosimo continued his ALM career with the Sky Blues and Melbourne Heart, he went on to play football at a variety of different levels after his A-League departure in 2013.

Since 2018, Colosimo has mixed business and pleasure; working his way through the FIFpro hierarchy to represent footballers in the world player’s union. The Netherlands-based company has taken Colosimo throughout Europe, seeing him in and out of Melbourne in his role as deputy general secretary.

Bobby Despotovski

The four-time Perth Glory player of the year, A-League Men golden boot winner and Johnny Warren medal winner still remains a well-known figure in the West Australian footballing community to this day.

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Despotovski played from day one until days’ end for Glory’s NSL side and continued into the ALM for two seasons.

Since then, he took his international experience as a player into coaching where he featured as Glory’s Women’s coach for five years.

Following that, Despotovski has embraced the role of head coach at Dianella White Eagles where he led them to championship last season.

Scott Miller

Miller was a part of Glory since their inaugural season back in 1996 and remained with the club until 2006, with 227 appearances and 17 goals under his belt.

Following his final days as a footballer, Miller has taken his skills to a coaching capacity. Since 2007, he had been between coaching roles with Perth Glory youth and Cockburn City before putting all his eggs in one basket with Cockburn.

Steve McMahon

The Englishman was bought into the squad for the 2005/06 season courtesy of Steve McMahon (senior), who was coaching at the time.

While information on McMahon is limited and mainly leads to his father, we do know that McMahon Jnr. hung up the boots at the age of 21.

McMahon struggled to sign a professional contract with a club after his father moved into a media role following his controversial dismissal at Glory.

Henry Fa’arodo

The Solomon Islands international never stayed in one place for too long, playing local and semi-professional football before getting his only A-League Men stint to feature in 11 appearances with Perth.

Fa’arodo continued his footballing career with clubs in Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands.

Since 2020, Fa’arodo has played for New Zealand side Hamilton Wanderers in the semi-pro Northern League.

Billy Celeski

The Macedonian born turned Australian international player had two seasons with Perth Glory. During his debut season, Celeski was the youngest player to start in Glory’s first ever A-League Men line-up at 20-years-old.

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Celeski went on to play for Melbourne Victory, before going in between teams throughout Asia and once more in Australia for Newcastle Jets.

Celeski turned entrepreneur by making a business based around football boots. Since 2019 he has taken on the role of director at Boot Lab 101, the creation of a brush device which creates efficient cleaning and longevity of football boots.

Now situated in Melbourne, Celeski is also the business development manager at Complet-ed Pty Ltd which is an educational consultancy company that specialises in the development of educational programs.

Brian Deane

Deane played between the English Premier League and throughout the English Football League before making his move to the A-League Men.

Deane’s arrival to Glory in 2005 was short lived after leaving mid-season due to injury and an inability to make an impact in the ALM.

Like his teammates, Deane left playing for coaching. In 2012 he was appointed head coach for a top side in Norway only to make his way back to England in 2015 where he coached and recruited for Sheffield United.

In 2019, Deane became the owner of Kosovo Football Super League side, Ferizaj. During which time Deane has remained the chairman of Phoenix sports and media group.

Jamie Harnwell

Harnwell still holds the title of most capped player (256) for Glory, having featured from 1998 to 2011, and captaining for two seasons.

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In 2011, he began coaching Perth Glory Women’s side before taking on a similar position with Adelaide United for one season in 2015.

Harnwell spent time in the commentary box and up until 2021 was the head coach for NPLWA side Sorrento FC.

For the last 12 years Harnwell has used his expertise to break through into business, he is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Football West.

Feature Image credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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