This year Port Hedland celebrates 90 years of football in the Pilbara.
Ken Reynolds was researching the history of the Port Hedland Turf Club and came across this newspaper article about a game of football between Port Hedland and De Grey shearers dated 2 July 1927, Northern Times.
The article reads:
On Saturday afternoon (12th inst.) the Port Hedland football team played the De Grey shearers a return match at the race course. It was a hard-fought, game and the result was in doubt right up to the bell in the last quarter, but the Hedland team proved too strong for the visitors by one goal, the final score being Hedland 5 goals 4 points and De Grey 4 goals 4 points.
Afternoon tea was provided for the visitors and a dance in the evening and all admit having had a good time. The shearers are anxious for a deciding match if it can be suitably arranged.
On Sunday, the 19th inst., the Port Hedland football team played the shearers at Pippingarra Station. Nearly all the townspeople motored out to see the match. The Hedland team was again victorious by 3 goals 4 points.
At half time the shearers entertained the visitors at afternoon tea, while Mrs Richardson gave afternoon tea at the homestead. The final scores were: Port Hedland 5.5, Pippingarra 2.1.
The goal kickers for Hedland were Crameri, Keddell, Paspallis, Pedlar and Moore.