Football NSW has congratulated both Moya Dodd and Alan Garside who today have been acknowledged in the annual King’s Birthday Honours List.
A strong advocate for gender equality in Australia and globally, former Football Australia Director Moya Dodd AO led the honours with the former Matildas’ vice-captain appointed an Officer (AO) in the general division for service to football as a player and administrator at the national and international level, as a role model to women, and to the law.
A trailblazer in women’s football, Moya Dodd AO has been involved in football for over 40 years with her participation commencing as a player in the early 1980s. Her playing career saw Dodd rise to the level of Matildas cap #42, representing Australia at FIFA’s first-ever women’s tournament in 1988 and eventually becoming vice-captain of the women’s national team.
At the conclusion of her playing career, Dodd became a leading football administrator holding positions as a Football Australia Director, Asian Football Confederation Vice President, FIFA Executive Committee member and member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport. Dodd has been instrumental in championing and advancing gender equality initiatives and her efforts have transformed women’s football in Australia and globally.
Former Socceroos’ striker, the late Alan Garside OAM (cap #148), was distinguished for his service to football with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the general division. Garside represented Australia in the 1950s with his influence extending far greater in the Granville Association in NSW. Mr Garside’s honour is awarded posthumously with the Socceroos legend passing in 2021.
Garside OAM made his Socceroos ‘A’ international debut in October 1955 against South Africa to become cap #148. A prolific striker at club level, he went on to play an additional four ‘B’ internationals between 1953 and 1957, scoring three goals.
A Granville football great, Garside commenced his career with the Granville Kewpies at the age of 11, and went on to represent his region, and New South Wales, with distinction at representative level before being selected for Australia.