(WINDSOR, ON) – Ushering in a new era of soccer in Windsor and Essex County, Windsor TFC president Vancho Cirovski announced the establishment of the Windsor-Essex County Soccer Hall of Fame, to be housed at the Essex County Soccer Association. In conjunction with the Hall of Fame, Cirovski introduced the first of five inaugural inductees.
Recognized for over 40 years as a player, coach, and referee, Tony Tiselj is the first member to be inducted into the Hall.
After playing soccer in his homeland of Yugoslavia, Tiselj immigrated to Canada and made the sport a priority in new country. At age 29, he became a member of Windsor Croatia while making guest appearances in Cleveland, Toronto, and Hamilton.
Tiselj was offered a semi-pro position with the Detroit Express, but declined to stay in Windsor and help build the game here, leading Windsor Croatia to two Ontario Cups an 2nd place nationally.
He continued to help the sport by becoming first a referee, and then by co-founding the Eastside Kickers, with Simon Ace. Tiselj stepped down after only 10 years at the helm, though the club continues to operate today.
Four more inaugural inductees into the Windsor-Essex Soccer Hall of Fame will be announced as part of a gala event in July.