Eddie Sepulveda Memorial Cup
Football Talk NT with the support of Football Federation Northern Territory will host the inaugural Eddie Sepulveda Memorial Cup on Sunday 25 September 2016 at the Darwin Football Stadium Marrarra.
The event will feature three main soccer games and commemorates the contribution to the Game of much loved local soccer icon Eddie Sepulveda.
It will also serve as a fundraiser for the Diabetes Association of the Northern Territory. Eddie developed diabetes in the later years of his life.Eddie passed away suddenly on 25th October 2015.
When it comes to soccer, Eddie did it ALL! He was a player, coach, club founder, patron, administrator, reporter and commentator (print, radio and TV), sports ambassador, tipster, promoter, sponsor and most of all….an Avid Fan!
Eddie arrived in Darwin as a young 14 year old and joined Nightcliff High School, where he became the youngest ever school coach and first ever winning coach – Nightcliff High School Junior Championship.
He also played soccer for local soccer clubs and community clubs outside of school. By age 17, Eddie joined A Grade soccer and played for multiple clubs over the years. He also captained soccer teams during his playing days.
At age 23, Eddie qualified as a Grade II Soccer Coach with the then Australian Soccer Federation, and went on to coach the Under 17 NT Women Soccer Team. They became the first ever NT Representative Team to win a National Championship. Eddie went on to become a senior coach for A Grade teams, including being the coach for the NT representative side at the National Championships in Canberra at age 25.
Eddie would later become a founding member and manager of a few soccer clubs for both indoor and outdoor soccer.Eddie was involved with the Darwin Cups which played in the Singapore Premier League. As a Manager of one of the clubs, Eddie took his team to compete in the Singapore National Competition.
Over the years, Eddie was also appointed Patron of some soccer clubs.
Eddie was contracted to the Darwin Soccer Association as their Public Relations Officer/Registrar at age 25. He organised competitions and promotions, raised funds for Association, produced and edited the well-known Darwin Soccer Magazine.
Also worked as a freelance reporter for the following publications:
- NT News
- The Sunday Territorian
- The Hellenic News
- The Darwin Star
- The Mid-Week Territorian
Eddie comperedthe weekly television sports section in the Channel 8 (now Channel 9) program Hellenic News Variety Show (Sports Section) every Sunday morning as well as being commentator on most television and radio soccer shows from age 25-30. He however continued to be a ‘Go To’ person for soccer commentary over the years, and has regularly featured in the NT and national newspapers, radio and on tv right up until his sudden passing.
Eddie became the General Manager of the NT Sports Promotions in Darwin at age 27 and actively promoted and organised indoor soccer games and competitions.
Eddie was appointed a Sports Ambassador representing soccer at the Inaugural Arafura Games.
Eddie’s love for soccer goes beyond the Territory and Australia. He was a number one supporter of AC Milan, hence his car rego – Milan1. He was fortunate to have met the AC Milan team in Sydney in the 80s well before his first visit to Italy to watch them play on their home ground. When he wasn’t travelling to Italy to watch his beloved AC Milan, Eddie was glued to the TV or Internet watching their every game in the early hours of the morning due to the time difference. Eddie not only followed the Italian Serie A, he also followed the English Premier League and Spanish La Liga and he provided research consultancy for betting companies in the NT and Singapore for these three international leagues.
In 2003, Eddie was the promoter/event organiser in bringing Australia’s Great Johnny Warren, on the Captain Socceroo NT Tour, and was fortunate to spend time quality time driving Johnny Warren and showing him the sights and sounds of Darwin, whilst they talked about a Game that was so dear to both of them.
Eddie has over the years been a sponsor of the various Territory Soccer Leagues/Associations including a sponsor of the Football Federation NT.
Over the last 10 years, Eddie has been heavily involved in promoting soccer in the NT. He dedicated so much of his time and resources to a game he loved and was also a mentor to quite a few young and upcoming soccer players. He would pick them up and drop them off at games, and would mentor them not just for soccer, but life skills and career opportunities.
Eddie’s involvement in soccer culminated in his founding of Football Talk NT in 2012, a platform to share football news, results, opinions, memories, stories, photos and videos with the main goal to promote the game he so loved. Eddie referred to Football Talk NT as a football family and, which now has almost got 2000 members from all different clubs and fans including administrators of NT soccer. The membership continues to grow daily. Eddie made time to attend as many soccer games as possible each week, and was a regular at soccer games (junior, women and men) with his beloved camera taking photos and videos and interviewing players and fans and publishing the photos and videos on Football Talk NT. He went around to various stadiums in Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield. Other soccer fans also took on taking photos and videos and to this day they continue to share them on Football Talk NT, a great way to continue to share and promote the game in the Territory and continue Eddie’s legacy.
Eddie along with the Rangers Supporters NT, organised a Charity game in June 2015, at which Eddie also had the inaugural Football Talk NT Hall of Fame Induction. Eddie inducted one of Darwin’s oldest (92 year old Mr Casimiro) soccer fans into the Football Talk NT Hall of Fame. He has until the last couple of years been attending games each weekend.
Eddie’s love for soccer went beyond Darwin and its environs; he reached out to other areas of the NT including Alice Springs and Borroloola. He had a great vision for Football and the great work he undertook promoting the game of football continues.
To Eddie, the game was Football, not soccer :).
Eddie’s love for football was beyond words - he lived and breathed Football, and his Legacy Lives On!
Overall, the Eddie Sepulveda Memorial Cup is all about getting the local soccer community together and participating in a day of fun for everyone in memory of a man that meant so much to the local soccer.
The response and support we have received for this inaugural event has been overwhelming. We want to thank all the clubs, players, the Football Federation, volunteers helping in various capacities, sponsors and to all the fans.
The gates will open at 1:30pm with kick off is scheduled for 3:00pm.
Everyone is welcome -Bring the whole family and all your friends for an afternoon and evening of great fun as we honour Eddie’s Legacy. Entry is by gold coin donation, with proceeds going to the Diabetes Association of the Northern Territory.