The Odd Friday Lunch – Friday 21 September: Silvio Foschini

Silvio Foschini
The next Odd Friday Lunch is on Friday, 21st September with Silvio Foschini as the special guest.
At the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel, 296 Rae St, North Fitzroy
$40 plus drinks at pub prices


Entree – Eggplant Parmigiana with Watercress, Apple, Almond & Fennel Salad.
Mains – Spicy Pork Vindaloo with Greens, Raita, Rice & Pappadums
Crispy Skinned Tasmanian Salmon with Roasted Pumpkin, Yellow Pepper & Pomegranate Salad
Dessert – Vanilla, Pear & Apple Fool with Mint Coulis & Sponge Fingers

Please email [email protected], or phone 03 9486 4501 if you wish to make a booking.


Silvio Foschini is best remembered as the Sydney player who successfully took the VFL to court over Restraint of Trade and clearance rules.

He was born in 1963 in Melbourne to Italian parents and played soccer as a child before playing 107 games of VFL for The Swans and St. Kilda.

In 1981, at 17, he debuted for South Melbourne, the last year  the Swans were a Melbourne based club  kicking 37 goals that year,  then 42 in his second year in Sydney.

He refused to move to Sydney and became a fly-in player and wanted to switch to St Kilda in 1983 but Sydney would not clear him.

He took the VFL to court in a high profile case arguing that VFL clearance rules breached Restraint of Trade Laws. He won and triggered the abolition of the zoning system in the VFL / AFL.

Silvio went on to play with St Kilda and in his first game he was joined by Sydney teammate Paul Morwood, another uncleared player. Silvio played a further 69 games for St Kilda as a rover, over the following 6 years.

His son Matthew is a soccer player who played for Melbourne Victory and represented Australia in under 23s. He now plays for South Melbourne.

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