Michael Cockerill Oration and the Portraits in Football Photographic Exhibition
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About The Event
We are instituting the Michael Cockerill Oration as part of the Football Writers' Festival, named in honour of longstanding Sydney Morning Herald journalist and author, and Fox Sports commentator Michael Cockerill, who passed away in 2017 at age 56, after an illness.
Michael was a tireless champion of the game, he remained first and foremost a consummate professional journalist with an unnerving sense for a news story.
Unafraid to voice an opinion or tread on toes, Michael is an example of how football journalists can love the game and call authority into account at the same time.
He also understood implicitly the power of football to bring people together, writing on the night Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup in November 2005:
"In a multicultural nation in a fractured world, the Socceroos can bring together the sum of their parts: Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican. German, Lebanese, Polynesian, Croatian, Italian, Melanesian, Greek. It is a rich tapestry but last night they - and we - were one thing only. Australian."
The inaugural Michael Cockerill Oration will be given by Andy Harper, football commentator, author, NSL player and PhD.
It will be complemented by the Portraits in Football exhibition, which tells the story of Australian football from the mid 20th century to the 1990s through photographs that were once part of the Fairfax Media Archive, but now known as the Fair Play Football Collection.
A complimentary welcome drink is included in the ticket price.
All Socceroos, Matildas, NSL, A-League, Women's NSL or W-League players receive complimentary entry.
For further information, see Fair Play Publishing.
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