Socceroo 1955 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1955

Written by Alan Garside, Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock.
Thanks to Doug Butcher for the research. For more details see credits
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This was the first match in the five match series. The Australian side proved so disappointing that part of the 5,600 crowd started leaving just after half-time. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday September 3 1955 Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Tom Jack, Alec Duncan, Bob Bignall, Joe Marston, Cliff Sander, Gordon Nunn, Frank Loughran, Colin Kitching, Jack Lennard, Clem Higgins
0 - 3 South Africa
Albert Uytenbogaardt, Gordon Frew (c), Maurice Jacobson, Ken Ziesing, Roulf Oelofse, Malcolm Rufus, Danny Le Roux, Harold Paton, Peter Hughes, Ian Palmer, Les Fourie
Goals: Palmer 2, Paton, Hughes 88
Referee: Bill Malcolm (Australia)
Linesmen: V.Robertson & L.Young (Australia)
Attendance: 5,640
Coach: Harry Brophy (Australia), J.E.Kennedy (South Africa)


This match was the second in a five match series played against South Africa. The Australian lineup held firm for over 80 minutes before two late goals to South Africa put the match beyond reach. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday September 10 1955 Venue: Melbourne Showground, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Cliff Almond (Arthur McCartney 2), Jack Mather, Bob Bignall, Tom Jack (c), Cliff Sander, Sid Thomas, Frank Loughran, Colin Kitching, Keith Learmonth, Ralph Piercy
0 - 2 South Africa
Albert Uytenbogaardt, Gordon Frew (c), Maurice Jacobson, Ken Ziesing, Roulf Oelofse, Cliff Jacques, Danny Le Roux, Harold Paton, Peter Hughes, Ian Palmer, Les Fourie
Goals: Palmer 84, Hughes 86
Referee: W.Curren (Australia)
Linesmen: Hutchinson & George Gatt (Australia)
Attendance: 1,809
Coach: J.E.Kennedy (South Africa)
Manager: C.Dodd (Australia)


This match was the third game in a five match series played against the visiting Springboks. The match was a complete disaster for the home side with South Africa achieving a record score against an Australian national side. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday September 17 1955 Venue: Kensington Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Australia
Bill Mahoney, Tom Jack, Bill Wilson, Ron Adair, Joe Marston, Con Purser, Sid Thomas, Frank Loughran, Albert De Paoli, Bill Murphy, Ralph Piercy
0 - 8 South Africa
Albert Uytenbogaardt, Gordon Frew (c), Maurice Jacobson, Ken Ziesing, Roelof Oelofse, Cliff Jacques, Lee Fourle, Harold Paton, Peter Hughes, Malcolm Rufus, Ian Palmer
Goals: Rufus (x2), Hughes (x2), Paton, Jacques, Palmer, Fourle
Referee: Joe Harvey (Australia)
Linesmen: R.Abbott & C.Thompson (Australia)
Attendance: 3,088
Coach: J.E.Kennedy (South Africa)
Manager: J.Hardy (Australia)


This match was the fourth in a series of five matches against South Africa. The Springboks showed all their class to defeat a lacklustre Australian outfit. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday September 24 1955 Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia
Australia
Ron Lord, Cliff Almond, Doug Wendt, Bob Bignall, Bill Wilson, Cliff Sander, Ron Burns, Phil Peters, Mildo Mueller, Ted Drain, Kevin O'Neill
0 - 6 South Africa
Albert Uytenbogaardt, John Hastie, Maurice Jacobson, Ken Ziesing, Gordon Frew (c), Cliff Jacques, Danny Le Roux, Harold Paton, Peter Hughes, Ian Palmer (Malcolm Rufus 40), Les Fourie
Goals: Hughes (x2), Paton, Palmer, La Roux, Wilson 85 Own Goal
Referee: Ron Wright (Australia)
Linesmen: Herbert Imley & S.G.Thorpe (Australia)
Attendance: 5,431
Coach: J.E.Kennedy (South Africa)
Manager: Tom Tennant (Australia)


This match was the last in a series of five matches. Australia scored their only goal for the series but were again no match for the Springboks. Australian soccer was now in the doldrums having managed to score only one goal to the Springboks twenty three in a home series of five matches. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday October 1 1955 Venue: Newcastle Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Cliff Almond, Kevin O'Neill, John Pettigrew, Alwyn Warren, Cliff Sander, Charlie Stewart, Bill Paddock, Alan Garside, Ken Vairy, Ray Marshall
Goal: Vairy 39
1 - 4 South Africa
Albert Uytenbogaardt, Gordon Frew (c), Maurice Jacobson, Ken Ziesing, Roelof Oelofse, Cliff Jacques, Danny Le Roux, Harold Paton, Peter Hughes, Brian Peterson, Les Fourie
Goals: Hughes (x3), Le Roux 9
Referee: G.Muir (Australia)
Linesmen: Harry Lonsdale & K Urwin (Australia)
Attendance: 2,937
Coach: J.E.Kennedy (South Africa)
Manager: T.McDonald (Australia)