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Perry Park, Brisbane

Perry Park is a 5000-capacity sporting ground located in the Brisbane suburb of Bowen Hills. Perry Park is home to the Brisbane Strikers Football Club, which plays in the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

Perry Park June 2012.

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HistoryEdit

Scotsman William Raff was granted ownership of the land in 1857. He then subdivided the land in 1875, and the lot where Perry Park is now situated was sold to William Perry, among three other lots. Mr Perry was a prominent Brisbane ironmonger. He used the land essentially as his family cattle and horse paddock.[1]

 
Sign outside the ground.

In the 1940s it was used as a base for the Z Special Unit of the Australian, British and New Zealand armed forces for their 1943 raid on Japanese occupied Singapore harbour. The ground was the home of Mayne Football Club and Valleys Cricket Club from 1925 to 1942 and 1948 to 1967.

Brisbane City Council acquired the land for soccer grounds in 1967 and converted the oval into two rectangular pitches with the main pitch along Abbotsford Road allocated as the main Perry Park stadium.

In 1977, Perry Park Stadium hosted its first National Soccer League (NSL) game between Brisbane City and Sydney club Marconi Fairfield.

Perry Park hosted its sole international football match on September 20, 1992, when the Australian national football team hosted Tahiti in a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier[2], as part of the Oceania Football Confederation qualifying draw.

Brisbane StrikersEdit

The ground is home to the Brisbane Strikers; however the Strikers did not play all of its home games there during its reign in the National Soccer League (alternating between Lang Park (now Suncorp Stadium), Ballymore and Perry Park). The club now plays all of its home games at Perry Park in the National Premier Leagues Queensland.

In 2016, the Strikers hosted Melbourne City in the FFA Cup, losing 1-2 in the Round of 16 in front of a sell-out 3571 crowd[3] (the crowd being capped due to security concerns). The match was Tim Cahill's first in City colours.

The following year, the Strikers hosted former NSL club Heidelberg United in the 2017 National Premier Leagues final. The Strikers lost 0-2 in front of a crowd of 1105.

As part of the Strikers' aborted bid for an A-League licence in 2018[4], the club produced plans for a complete rebuild of the facility, which would have seen the current Bill Waddell stand demolished and the pitched moved to the east[5] to accommodate a 15,694-seat boutique stadium[6].

 
Cox Architects' design for a boutique stadium at Perry Park.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History: The First Occupants: William Perry (1835-1891)". Queensland Women's Historical Association. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Socceroo 1992 Matches". www.ozfootball.net. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  3. ^ "Brisbane Strikers vs Melbourne City FC, FFA Cup, Round of 16, 24th Aug 2016". FFA Cup. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
  4. ^ McKay, Vince Rugari & Ben (2018-05-20). "Brisbane Strikers pull out of A-League expansion". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  5. ^ "Brisbane Strikers - what could have been | FootballToday.news". footballtoday.news. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  6. ^ Atfield, Cameron (2018-09-05). "Brisbane needs a boutique stadium and the World Game can deliver it". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 2018-09-08.

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