Greedy a Hall of Famer
By Adam Hicks
RECENT Australian soccer Hall of Fame inductee Terry Greedy has credited the Far North Coast soccer league for preparing him for elite competition.
The former Lismore boy, who went on to play 38 matches for the Socceroos, spoke about his time in the local soccer league while visiting his mother, Kath, in Lennox Head last week.
"I still remember it favourably," he said about his time as a field player with Thistles and in goals for Italo Stars and eventually Eastwood. The team I played with at Eastwood, I was a lot younger than most of them and they gave me a solid grounding into first grade soccer and what was required.
"The quality of soccer up here was so good, it held me in good stead when I went down to Sydney.
"It made it a lot easier for me to lift to the next level, State League."
It was also a local connection that got him his first start in Sydney.
"Shane Wilson (Byron Bay) organised a trial for me down here and got me started," Greedy said.
"There are a few people up here that I really appreciate their support. Gordon Bryant, an old school mate who played with me at Stars and trained with me each afternoon and spent many hours belting balls at me, and Dick Morrissey from Eastwood."
Greedy became a long-serving goal-keeper for St George in the then national league and won a premiership in 1983 before playing in the 1985 World Cup campaign.
The Mount Colah Public School principal was honoured with a Hall of Fame Award of Distinction on December 12.
"I felt very honoured to be joining such an elite group of players," Greedy said. "It's nice that people feel that my contribution to Australian soccer deserves recognition."
Greedy retired from the sport in 1990 and his only current involvement in the sport is coaching a local school representative side.
But that doesn't stop him from passing advice over the back fence to neighbour, old friend and current A-League Central Coast Mariners coach, Lawrie McKinna.
"I'm a staunch supporter of the Central Coast Mariners," he said.
"I go to all their home games. I'm good mates with Lawrie. I talk to him on a regular basis. I give him a lot of really good advice all the time," he said with a laugh.