One of the most popular figures in modern times on the Australian football scene, Archie is currently, amongst his many media commitments, a club ambassador for Melbourne Victory FC.
Born in New Zealand, Thompson played youth football at the New South Wales Institute of Sport before going on to play numerous seasons in the National Soccer League and A-League. After eleven seasons with Melbourne Victory, and over 90 goals along with numerous silverware, he moved on to play for Heidelberg United in 2016. Thompson also played overseas in the mid-2000’s, for Belgian Pro League side Lierse and for Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven.
Thompson played over 50 times for Australia, scoring 28 goals. He was in the squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the 2001 and 2005 FIFA Confederations Cups, the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, the 2008 Summer Olympics and the successful 2004 OFC Nations Cup.
He holds the all-time goal scoring record for a single international match, where he scored 13 goals in a 31–0 victory against American Samoa, in 2001.
Clint Bolton is a former NSL/A-League goalkeeper, and was one of the most experienced goalkeepers in the history of the National Soccer League, which preceded the A-League. He played over 300 games for Brisbane Strikers, Sydney Olympic FC and Parramatta Power, and won two A-League championships with Sydney FC before finishing his career at Melbourne City (formerly Melbourne Heart)
Clint Bolton signed for Sydney FC from APIA Leichhardt for the inaugural A-League season. He made his Sydney FC league debut against the Melbourne Victory on 28 August 2005. He helped his side to the inaugural Hyundai A-League Grand Final against the Central Coast Mariners in which Sydney FC won by one goal to nil. He played every game throughout the season in the league (24 games) for Sydney FC making 5 clean sheets. He was voted as Sydney FC player of the year for the 2005–06 season ahead of the other nominees Dwight Yorke, Alvin Ceccoli and David Carney.
In January 2007 he achieved a record 5 consecutive clean sheets, beating Central Coast Stopper Danny Vukovic’s record of 4. He again played every match of the A-League season in 2006–07 for Sydney, and is currently the club’s highest capped player. Bolton was only the 2nd player to reach 100 competitive games for the Sky Blues when he played the first Pre-Season match against Queensland Roar. Clinton received a standing ovation and a guard of honour as he ran out.
He also represented the Socceroos on 4 occasions, and at Under 20 and 23 level, and “Bootsa” as he is known to former teammates and friends has since gone on to become a respected coach and media voice within Australian football circles.
JK represented the Socceroos on 36 occasions, playing in the 2006 World Cup side that progressed through the Round of 16, and being a crucial member of the qualifying squad that progressed through to Brazil in 2014. In fact it was Josh’s headed goal against Iraq at ANZ Stadium that sealed Australia’s passage through to a 3rd consecutive World Cup. Sadly injury prevented him from taking part in both 2010 and 2014 tournaments.
At club land, after starting briefly with Carlton in the old NSL, Josh enjoyed a long and productive stint in Germany, before heading to japan where he became a cult figure at Nagoya Grampus, scoring 63 times in 128 games!
His career finished abruptly after returning home to Australia where he played 12 games for Melbourne City in the Hyundai A-League, and Josh now is a regular on Fox Sports coverage of both domestic and International football.
Adam Kwasnik was part of the inaugural Central Coast Mariners squad in 2005-06, and was a substitute in the final that the Mariners lost 1-0. He was the leading Mariners goalscorer with seven goals in the campaign of 2006-07 for the Mariners as well as being the scorer of the 200th goal in the A-League on 20 January 2006.
‘Kwas’, as he is known to team mates and fans alike, is second on the Mariners all-time leading goalscorers list with 35 goals from 136. He also had his own superstition of training with one sock around his ankle and the other pulled up to his knee.
Kwasnik made the move to Wellington Phoenix for the 2008–2009 season. After a disappointing season at the Phoenix, Kwasnik signed on 9 February 2009 with his former club Central Coast Mariners for the upcoming 2009 AFC Champions League and also for the 2009–10 A-League season.
After injuries caused limited playing time in the Mariners’ Championship winning season of 2012-13 and a new injury halted his 2013-14 season, Kwasnik announced his retirement. He is currently involved with youth clinics in the Central Coast area and still associated with the Mariners, as well as becoming an integral part of the Football nation family!
Daniel McBreen still plays as a striker for National Premier Leagues Northern NSW club Edgeworth, and is a coach with Newcastle Jets U15.
Born in England, McBreen moved to Australia with his family when he was six weeks old and started his career in local football with Toronto Awaba Stags and Edgeworth Eagles. He earned a professional contract with National Soccer League club Newcastle United in 2000, where he played for two seasons before joining Universitatea Craiova of the Romanian Divizia A.
After joining Falkirk, where he won the Scottish First Division title and the Scottish Challenge Cup in the 2004–05 season, McBreen joined English League One club Scunthorpe United in 2006. He played sporadically in their 2006–07 League One title-winning season, and was loaned to Conference Premier club York City in 2007 before having a short spell with St Johnstone in the Scottish First Division.
He returned to Australia to play in the A-League for North Queensland Fury, but mid-season agreed to join division rivals Central Coast Mariners for the next two seasons. McBreen completed 2009–10 with another A-League club, Perth Glory, and his good form with them resulted in a call-up to the Australia national team. He was part of the Mariners team that finished in second place in the 2010–11 A-League but was beaten in the 2011 A-League Grand Final.
The Mariners were the Australian Premiers in 2011–12, but were knocked out of the finals series in the preliminary final. McBreen scored one of the Mariners’ goals in the 2013 A-League Grand Final as they were crowned A-League Champions, and for his performance he was awarded the Joe Marston Medal. He had already won A-League Golden Boot as the division’s top scorer with 17 goals.
Steven McGarry is a former Scottish footballer who last played for A-League club Perth Glory FC. He joined Perth Glory in 2010 after playing at the top level in the Scottish Premier League.
McGarry, a midfielder who previously played for St Mirren and Ross County and also had a loan spell at Boston United in England during his time with St Mirren. He also played for Motherwell between 2006 and 2010. He represented his nation at Under 23 level.
McGarry moved to Australian A-League team Perth Glory during the 2010 January transfer window, and finished his playing career with over 100 appearances for the club.
In 2016, he was assistant coach to Chris Coyne for the Western Australia state team.
Rocky Visconte is a former A-League player who currently plays for Croydon Kings in the National Premier Leagues of South Australia.
In 2010, Visconte returned home from Scotland to Australia to sign with A-League club Brisbane Roar. Visconte was given the number 14 for Brisbane. He scored 2 goals for the team in three seasons, playing 24 games. Rocky was part of 2 Championship winning sides during his time at the Roar.
Following his departure from Brisbane he began negotiations with Western Sydney Wanderers FC, joining the club on a short term contract. During the 2012-13 Season Rocky was also part of the Wanderers Premiership winning side.
Angelo Costanzo played over 100 games first for Adelaide City in the old NSL, then for 4 seasons with Adelaide United in the newly formed A-League. He was voted into the Adelaide United Team of the Decade.
The central defender was also capped 6 times for the Socceroos, scoring a goal in the OFC Nations Cup tournament in 2002.
Beginning his club career with the Brisbane Strikers in the old NSL, McKain soon joined Romanian club FC Politehnica in the summer of 2005, from fellow Divizia A club FC Naţional Bucureşti.
McKain then signed for the Wellington Phoenix for the 2008–2009 A-League season.
After his stint in the Middle East with Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr, McKain returned to Australia, and signed with Adelaide United. In 2011, McKain was given the honour of being named as Adelaide United’s captain ahead of the 2011–12 A-League season.
He decided to announce his retirement from professional football on his Twitter account, after a 17 year career which also yielded 16 Socceroos appearances and a berth at the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany, as well as representing Australia at the 2004 Olympics.