Everyday Heroes We're Proud to Support: Theo Antoniadis
This beautiful tribute to Theo Antoniadis from the Parramatta City Football Club speaks for itself.
As one of the finalists in our Honour Board Competition, you can see why Theo is being honoured with these words by his club.
In Honour of the Late Mr. Theo Antoniadis
The year was 1974.
Theo Antoniadis and 4 friends had the dream of establishing a football club that would be inclusive for all whose passion was football. From its inception in 1974, Theo Antoniadis became an integral member of Parramatta City Football Club.
That dream became a reality and in 1976, Parramatta City FC played its first competitive game in the Granville Football Association. Theo Antoniadis was a player of the All Age Men’s team in 1976. Whilst remaining to play, he continued his role as an active committee member, which included Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President.
The decision to ‘hang up his boots’ did not mean that his role at Parramatta City FC ceased; far from it. He offered his services as the Canteen Manager and ran a successful canteen for another 10 years. Furthermore, his service for the club continued as a passionate supporter for many of the club’s teams and was a regular on the sidelines cheering for the players. Everyone in the club knew him for his compelling smile, boisterous support and for his wonderful sense of humour.
At social functions, Theo Antoniadis would be the first to arrive and assist with the setting up and the last to leave ensuring that all was in perfect order. As players and members came and went, the one constant member was Theo Antoniadis and one whom would remain an ardent supporter of Parramatta City FC. Theo Antoniadis is the very definition of a club-man. And for this reason, he was rewarded with the first Life Membership in 1976.
In 2010, Theo Antoniadis was given the unpleasant news that he had terminal lung cancer. Despite his diagnosis and numerous trips in and out of hospital, he maintained his love for the club. He even managed to get himself to the ground to support ‘his’ teams.
In May 2015, Theo Antoniadis lost his battle with cancer. Only two weeks before he passed away, Theo Antoniadis was at Eric Primrose Oval (our home ground) watching football. His dedication for the club and football was undoubtedly at the forefront of his mind. Those who attended his funeral came in masses that included current and former players and committee members of the club. As a final display of respect, Theo Antoniadis’ coffin was adorned with the Parramatta City FC jersey. A former football referee who knew him well blew ‘full time’ and threw the whistle in as his coffin was lowered. It is evident that all who came across Theo Antoniadis loved him. Still to this day, his name continues to be mentioned on a weekly basis.
In my opinion, there is no better person at the Club, past or present, whom the Honour Board should be named after. I was privileged to have known him from a very young age. He was like an ‘uncle’ to me, yet he was ‘family’ to all who knew him. Theo Antoniadis devoted forty years of his life to Parramatta City FC and we are forever grateful. Parramatta City FC’s success and longevity is the result of Theo Antoniadis’s loyalty, commitment and dedication. It is paramount that his legacy be honoured and remembered for many years to come.
Theo Antoniadis – you are dearly missed and certainly not forgotten.
11/11/1942 – 3/5/2015
Thank you so much to the Parramatta City Football Club for contributing those words and Theo's story to our Competition. We are all a little richer hearing about this man and his passion for football, his teams and his club.