Following in dad's footsteps
The inspiration to kick a soccer ball is something that most kids possess, but when your dad is a champion player, it is almost expected that the child will follow suit. Five year old Isaac Alvos is the son of three times men’s player of the year, Anthony Alvos and seeing young Isaac in the Redmen’s strip is like going back in time.
Anthony is one of the most accomplished players to ever grace the local football fields and as a one club man, he also started when he was about Isaac’s age, playing all his local soccer with Lismore Workers (formerly known as Eastwood United). Isaac attends Our Lady Help of Christians School at South Lismore and after kicking a ball around the back yard at home and anywhere else he could, he loves to play with his mates at school and in Small Sided Football on the weekend.
Despite playing for Australia as a Joey (Under 17) in the Junior World Cup when he was 16 and still being regarded as an exceptional player, you are unlikely to hear Anthony (now 34) basking in his own glory. This mild mannered, quietly spoken man typifies just about everything that the sport would like to promote. As his young son prepared for a game of Small Sided Football recently, Anthony reflected on when he was a youngster and just how much he loved to play the game. When asked the question about his greatest pleasure from being involved with soccer, Anthony looked across at Isaac and simply said, “Seeing the enjoyment that Isaac gets from kicking the ball and playing with his mates, means more to me than anything that I have done.”
Anthony and his wife Jamie have two children, Isaac and Riley and are expecting a third child in about five weeks. The Alvos name will hopefully grace the soccer fields for many years to come, bringing enjoyment to many who can delight in their skill and wonderful personal traits.