Socceroo 1954 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1954

Written by Thomas Esamie, Greg Stock, Jean-Michel Cazal and Alan Garside. With thanks to Doug Butcher for his research. For more details see credits.

Australia played host to a three match series against their old foes New Zealand. The score in the first match surprised everyone when a determined Kiwi outfit outplayed the Australians and took the match 2-1. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday August 14 1954 Venue: Melbourne Showground, Australia
Australia
Dave Bone, Jack Mather, Lou Hearne, Ron Adair, Tom Jack (c), Les Suchanek, Frank Sands, Harry Rice, Gordon Nunn, Malcolm Wild, Harry Robertson
Goal: Robertson 75
1 - 2 New Zealand
Bert Hiddlestone, Tim Cooper, William Westerveld, Dennis Charlton, James Hunter (c), Philip Traynor, Charles Steele jr, Reginald King (Fred Benge 18'), Alan Preston, Ken Olley, Gordon Barker
Goals: King 5, Steele 7
Referee: George Gatt (Australia)
Coach: Harry Brophy (Australia)
Manager: Jim Kershaw (New Zealand)


This match was the second in a three match series played against New Zealand. The Australian lineup was proven to be far superior to the visiting "All Whites" and they reversed the hiccup in Melbourne 4-1. Charlie Stewart (NSW) was man of the match. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday August 28 1954 Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Tom Jack, Kevin O'Neill (c), Bob Bignall, Lou Hearne, Cliff Sander, Charlie Stewart, Jack Lennard, Gordon Nunn, Malcolm Wild, Harry Robertson
Goals: Robertson 19, Stewart 30, 88, Lennard 50
4 - 1 New Zealand
Bert Hiddlestone, Tim Cooper, William Westerveld, Dennis Charlton, James Hunter (c), Philip Traynor, Charles Steele jr, Fred Benge, Allan Smith, Ken Olley, Alan Preston
Goal: Smith 52
Referee: V.Robertson (Australia)
Attendance: 6,400
Coach: Harry Brophy (Australia)
Manager: Jim Kershaw (New Zealand)


This match was the third game and final match in the series against New Zealand. The Australians again proved to be too strong and took the series 2-1. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday September 4 1954 Venue: Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Tom Jack, Kevin O'Neill, Bob Bignall, Lou Hearne, Cliff Sander, Charlie Stewart, Jack Lennard, Gordon Nunn, Bill Murphy, Harry Robertson
Goals: Murphy, Nunn (x2), Stewart
4 - 1 New Zealand
Bert Hiddlestone, Tim Cooper, William Westerveld, Keith Gibson, James Hunter (c), Philip Traynor, Charles Steele jr, Fred Benge, Ken Olley, Dennis Charlton, Allan Smith (Alan Preston)
Goal: Steele
Referee: S.G.Thorpe (Australia)
Attendance: 5,798
Coach: Harry Brophy (Australia)
Manager: Jim Kershaw (New Zealand)