Mark Giancaspro has written about Virtus Soccer Club and its history in a biography which will be launched next week at a black-tie event at the clubrooms.
The event on Saturday, October 11, will cap a big day for the Northern Demons, with a “legends” match being held in the day from 1pm at Byrne Park, with many past players participating and a lot of Demons coming up from Adelaide to play.
The book not only details Virtus, but other clubs in the area, Italian immigration and the social conditions in the 1930s that grew the game in Port Pirie.
The book has taken three years to write and a limited-edition run of 200 copies has been printed.
The book has even garnered international attention with the Molfetta Commune or city council writing about it in their magazine and even organising a Skype linkup with the Molfettese Mayor and the book launch.
Dr Giancaspro grew up in Port Pirie and has played for Northern Demons since he was 15, following his brothers and their father into the club and taking on various club roles.
His father had been with the club since 1953 and was writing a Virtus biography of his own before he died in 1991 without completing it and his notes were never found.
“I have undertaken to continue his legacy. I love the game and I love the club. It is in the blood,” Dr Giancaspro said.
“There is no soccer or sporting club like it in Port Pirie or the Northern Areas. They accept everyone warmly and strive to create the best possible opportunities for players to develop and play at the State's highest level.”
Despite now living in Adelaide, Dr Giancaspro still plays for the Northern Demons, both Adelaide and Pirie games when his fitness allows him to do so.