Socceroo 1956 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1956

Written by Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock. For more details see credits

Melbourne played host to the 1956 Olympics and with it the Olympic soccer tournament. Australia was forced to go into the tournament without a number of it's 'professional' players including defender Joe Marston and midfielder Cliff Almond. Both had just returned from playing professional football in the UK and in the eyes of the then amateur Olympic movement, both players were not considered to be amateur. Australia's preparation was less than ideal although they surprised many with a spirited display in the first round match in front of a disappointing crowd. This was an Olympic Games Round One qualifying match.
Played : November 27 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Ron Lord, Bob Bignall (c), John Pettigrew, George Arthur, Alec Warren, Cliff Sander, Bruce Morrow, Frank Loughran, Jack Lennard, Graham McMillan, Ted Smith
Goals : McMillan 26pk, Loughran 61
2 - 0 Japan
Y Furukawa, T Takamori, R Hiraki, W Omura, M Ozawa, H Sato, T Tokita, M Uchino, S Yaegashi, T Kobayashi, I Iwabuchi
Squad listing
Referee : R Lund (NZ)
Attendance : 3568


The second match of the Olympic tournament saw Australia line up against India with a spot in the semi-finals for the victor. Before the match there was much conjecture as to whether the Indian side could play without boots. After much official debate the Indians did indeed decide to play with boots on under the priviso that if any player suffered from foot cramp they would be able to remove their boots. Bad mistakes cost Australia any chance of advancing into medals contention. This was an Olympic finals match.
Played : December 1 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Ron Lord, Bob Bignall, John Pettigrew, George Arthur, Alec Warren, Cliff Sander, Frank Loughran, Jack Lennard, Bruce Morrow, Graham McMillan, Ted Smith
Goals : Morrow x2
2 - 4 India
Peter Ramaswarmy Thangaras, Syed Khaja Aziz, Abdul Rahaman, Mohammed Kempiah, Mohammed Abdus Salaam, Noor Mohammed, Pradip Kuma Banersee, Samar Banersee, Neville D'Souza, Krishna Kittu, Mohamed Kannayan
Goals : D'Souza x3, Kittu
Squad listing
Attendance : 12000


This match was organised after the Olympic tournament was over and the Indian side proved their win in Melbourne was no fluke. The heavier Australian players looked tired and were no match for an agile Indian outfit. This was a friendly match.
Played : December 12 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Bob Bignall, John Pettigrew, George Arthur, Alec Warren, Peter Stone, Frank Loughran, Jacky Lennard, Colin Kitching, Graham McMillan, Brian Vogler
Goal : Vogler
1 - 7 India
Shanker Narayan (Peter Ramaswarmy Thangaras), Azizuddin, Shaikh Latif, Mohamed Kempial, Mohammad Abdus Saleem, Noor Muhammed, Pradip Kuma Banersee, Samar Banersee, Neville D'Souza, Krishna Kittu, Mohammed Kannayan
Goals : PK Banerjee x2, D'Souza x2, Kittu x2, S Banerjee
Referee : Ron Wright
Attendance : 3000