CRAIG Johnston may have made a name playing overseas and deserves all the accolades that come his way, including possibly getting the western grandstand at Hunter Stadium named in his honour.
But Newcastle has a player that has done more for her town and country than any other player of the modern time.
Cheryl Salisbury [pictured above] started playing with the Lambton Jaffas aged eight and went on to become the most-capped Australian football player of any code.
She played 151 A international World Cup games, captained the Matildas from 2003 to 2009, contested two Olympics, four World Cups and was voted by FIBA into the Woman’s World XI squad from 2004 to 2007. In 2009 she was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame.
It would be nice to see Cheryl’s name up in lights, but being a women’s soccer player or any female sports person, that won’t happen.
Doug Mahaffey, Coffs Harbour