Crowds Turnout To Greet Sydney FC Stars

Fifteen of Sydney FC’s first team squad including captain Terry McFlynn and marquee man Nicky Carle received a rapturous welcome at visits to the Eastern Suburbs (ESFA) and Bankstown Football Association Gala Days on Saturday. (4th August 2012)

Fifteen of Sydney FC-s first team squad including captain Terry McFlynn and marquee man Nick Carle received a rapturous welcome at visits to the Eastern Suburbs (ESFA) and Bankstown Football Association Gala Days on Saturday. (4th August 2012)

More than 200 parents and children packed the St Christopher-s Soccer Club in Bankstown to catch a glimpse of their Sydney FC heroes, including former junior Terry Antonis who was going back to the club he played for as a boy.

“It was great to come back and see a few familiar faces,” said Antonis. “I have some fantastic memories of playing for this club and in the Bankstown area as a child, so it really feels special to come back and visit again.

“I love to see all of the kids enjoying their football here and it-s great to help bring smiles to their faces.”

Terry was joined by first teamers Nick Carle, Fabio Alves, Blake Powell, Hagi Gligor, Joel Chianese, Mitchell Mallia, Nathan Sherlock, Dimi Petratos and Vedran Janjetovic, taking part in team warm ups, posing for photos and signing autographs.

Bankstown District FA secretary Luke Cevolani said; “We really appreciate Sydney FC bringing so many players down and having a good time with the kids. “The boys were friendly and professional and had a smile on their face all morning which was great to see.” The story was no different at the ESFA gala day in Maroubra where close to 300 parents and children got up close with the Sydney FC players.

Terry McFlynn, Adam Griffiths, Ali Abbas, Rhyan Grant and Daniel Petkovski signed autographs and handed out t-shirts to the young players.

“It-s fantastic to get out here on a Saturday and see so many Junior Blues enjoying playing football,” said Sydney FC captain Terry McFlynn.

“There-s a real passion for it among the boys and girls and there-s been a really good standard as well,” he concluded.

Raff Delvecchio, President of ESFA was delighted with the turnout.

“It-s great, the kids have been up on stage and got their Sydney FC t-shirt and have signatures with Sydney FC player, it-s great having the players out here,” he said.

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MATCH DETAILS (confirmed Pre Season Community matches)

Sydney FC v Macarthur Rams Tuesday 14 August 2012 Campbelltown Stadium 7:30pm kick off

Sydney FC v St George Tuesday 21 August 2012 WIN Jubilee Kogarah 7:30pm kick off

Sydney FC v Manly United Tuesday 28 August 2012 Cromer Park 7:30pm kick off