Written by Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock.
Thanks to Doug Butcher for his research. 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 midfielders Tom Jack and Cliff Almond. Marston and Almond 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. Tom Jack was also considered professional having played league football in the United Kingdom. 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: Tuesday November 27||Venue: Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia|
Ron Lord, Bob Bignall (c), John Pettigrew, George Arthur, Alwyn Warren, Cliff Sander, Bruce Morrow, Frank Loughran, Jack Lennard, Graham McMillan, Ted Smith
Goals: McMillan 26'pen, Loughran 61'
Yoshiro Furukawa, Yasuo Takamori, Ryuzo Hiraki, Waichiro Omura, Michihiro Ozawa, Hiroaki Sato, Masanori Tokita, Masao Uchino, Shigeo Yaegashi, Tadao Kobayashi, Isao Iwabuchi
|Referee: Reginald Lund (New Zealand)|
Linesmen: Maurice Swain (New Zealand) & Robert Mann (England)
Coaches: Len Young (Australia), Shigemaru Takakoshi (Japan)
|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: Saturday December 1 1956||Venue: Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia|
Ron Lord, Bob Bignall (c), John Pettigrew, George Arthur, Alwyn Warren, Cliff Sander, Frank Loughran, Jack Lennard, Bruce Morrow, Graham McMillan, Ted Smith
Goals: Morrow 17' 41'
Peter Ramaswarmy Thangaraj, Syed Khaja Azizuddin, Abdul Thazhatheri Rahaman, Marianna Kempiah, Mohammed Abdul Salaam, Noor Mohammed, Pradip Kuma Banerjee, Samar Banerjee, Neville D'Souza, J.Krishna Kittu, Muhamed Kannayan
Goals: D'Souza 9' 33' 50' Kittu 80'
|Referee: C.H.Wensveen (Indonesia)|
Linesmen: Robert Mann (England) & Maurice Swain (New Zealand)
Coaches: Len Young (Australia), Abdul Rahim Syed (India)
|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: Wednesday December 12 1956||Venue: Sydney Sports Ground, Australia|
Bill Henderson, Bob Bignall (c), John Pettigrew, George Arthur, Alwyn Warren, Peter Stone, Frank Loughran, Jack Lennard, Colin Kitching, Graham McMillan, Brian Vogler
Shanker Subramaniam Narayan (Peter Ramaswarmy Thangaras 50'), Syed Khwaja Azizuddin, Shaikh Abdul Latif, Marianna Kempiah, Mohammad Abdul Saleem, Noor Mohammed, Pradip Kumar Banerjee, Samar Banerjee, Neville D'Souza, J.Krishnaswamy Kittu, Muhammed Kannayan
Goals: P.K.Banerjee (x2), D'Souza (x2), Kittu (x2), S.Banerjee
|Referee: Herbert Imlay (Australia)|
Coach: Abdul Rahim Syed (India)