Socceroo 1956 B Matches

Socceroo B Matches for 1956

Written by Alan Garside, Greg Stock, David Hearder and John Punshon. For more details see credits


With Australia hosting the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne the Australian olympic squad toured the country playing a number of warm-up games to select a squad and prepare for the tournament.
Played : July 14 Venue : Bayswater Oval, Perth, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Bob Bignell, John Pettigrew, Bob Wemyss, Al Warren, Cliff Sander, Don Brown, Spencer Kitching, Col Kitching, Graham McMillan, Brian Vogler
Goals : C Kitching 17, ??, Vogler 43, S Kitching 65
4 - 1 Western Australia
Frank Franken, Noel Adair, Ron Adair, Bill Adair, R Churchward, Tom Clayton, R Lynn, W McBirnie, Con Purser, D Stewart, D West
Goal : B Adair
Attendance : 5240


Played : July 18 1956 Venue : Norwood Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Australia
(Lineup and Scorers Not Known)
3 - 2 South Australia
Jim McCabe, Charlie Di Bartolo, V Ciampi, J Mather, M Lucchesi, G Chiappin, N Ragno, H Welk, A Beattie, B Esca, A Costalunga
Goals : (Scorers Not Known)


The Australian side was certainly busy... in this series of Olympic games selection trials, which makes you wonder if perhaps the Australian side was just another set of locals. Without more details we can only present the information we found.
Played : July 19 Venue : Melbourne Showground, Australia
Australia
(Lineup and Scorers Not Known)
3 - 0 Victorian XI
(Lineup Not Known)
sources :
Behrent p.79
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 17. Retrieved June 14, 2013
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 18. Retrieved June 14, 2013


Another in the series of Olympic Games selection trials
Played : July 21 Venue : South Hobart Ground, Tasmania, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Bob Bignell (c), John Pettigrew, Bill Harborn, Bob Wemyss, Al Waren, Cliff Sander, Don Brown, Frank Loughran, Col Kitching, Brian Vogler
Goals : Scorers unknown
15 - 1 Tasmania
H Wise, T Clark, C Robertson, Alec Rattray (c), J Lancaster, B Wood, J Vessinger, Graham Arnott, E Worsey, T Patterson, D Kenna
Goal : Scorer unknown
Referee : G Evans
Linesmen : A Mackie, S Kelly
Manager : D L Smith (Tasmania), Richard Telfer (Australia)
sources :
Grant p271
Behrent p.79


Despite the scoreline and the close proximity in time this was a separate match to the one a few days earlier. Also the linked article speaks of Sanders heading resulting in the first goal. Football history, eh?
Played : July 22 Venue : South Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia
Australia
(Lineup Incomplete) Don Brown, Graham McMillan, Colin Kitching
Goals : Brown, McMillan, Kitching
3 - 0 Victoria
(Lineup Not Known)
sources :
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 16. Retrieved June 14, 2013


Played : August 4 Venue : Heath Park, Brisbane, Australia
Australia
Bill Henderson, Bob Bignall, Bill Harburn, Bob Wemyss, John Pettigrew, Bob Young, Peter Stone, Jack Lennard, Alex Beattie, Ray Neal, Malcolm Wild
Goals : Scorers unknown
2 - 5 Queensland
John Speare, Gordon Kathage, Alan Duncan, Norm Rule, Alec Warren, Cliff Sander, Gordon Nunn, Spencer Kitching, Graham McMillan, Brian Vogler
Goals : Scorers unknown


Played : August 5 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
(Lineup incomplete) Bill Henderson, Bob Bignall, John Pettigrew, Bob Wemyss, Cliff Sanders, Don Brown, Frank Loughran, Peter Stone, Ted Smith
Goals : Loughran x2, Stone
3 - 4 New South Wales
(Lineup incomplete) Bill Taylor, Charlie Stewart, Ray Neal, Bob Young, Bill Williams
Goals : Stewart x3, Neal 73
Coach : Bernard Bryant (NSW)


Played : August 18 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
(Lineup Incomplete) Graham McMillan
Goal : McMillan
1 - 3 New South Wales
(Lineup Incomplete) Ray Neal, Bruce Morrow
Goals: Neal 5, 62pk, Morrow 25


Played : August 19 Venue : Crystal Palace, Wallsend, Australia
Australia
(Lineup Incomplete) Graham McMillan
Goal : McMillan
1 - 0 New South Wales
(Lineup Not Known)


Here comes the first in a series of pre-Olympic games friendlies. Might explain why the Australians ran out of juice when it came to the actual tournament.
Played : November 15 Venue : Melbourne Showground
Australia
Lineup and scorer unknown
1 - 15 USSR
Lineup and scorers unknown
sources :
Behrent p.79
Argus 16 November 1956 p11
The Southern Cross


Played : November 19 Venue : Morelands - Campbell Reserve, Coburg, Melbourne
Australia
Lineup and scorer unknown
1 - 3 Great Britain
Lineup and scorers unknown
sources :
Behrent p.79 (has the score, incorrectly, reversed)
The Southern Cross


Played : November 20 Venue : Morelands - Campbell Reserve, Coburg, Melbourne
Australia
Lineup and scorers unknown
3 - 1 India
Lineup and scorer unknown
sources :
Behrent p.79
The Southern Cross


Played : November 23 Venue : Morelands - Campbell Reserve, Coburg, Melbourne
Australia
Lineup and scorer unknown
1 - 5 Yugoslavia
Lineup and scorers unknown
sources :
Behrent p.79
The Southern Cross


Played : November 25 Venue : Melbourne - Olympic Village Oval, Heidelberg West
Australia
Lineup and scorers unknown
3 - 4 India
Lineup and scorers unknown
sources :
Behrent p.79
The Southern Cross


Three days prior to this match the Germans played a full international in Ireland, so the side here was very unlikely to be anything like the 'A' team.
Played : November 28 Venue : Melbourne - Olympic Village Oval, Heidelberg West
Australia
Lineup and scorers unknown
3 - 3 West Germany
Lineup and scorers unknown
sources :
Behrent p.79
The Southern Cross


This second match may not have been a full match, in any case no score for this game has been found.
Played : November 29 Venue : Melbourne - Olympic Village Oval, Heidelberg West
Australia
Lineup and scorers unknown
x - x West Germany
Lineup and scorers unknown
sources :
The Southern Cross


Played : December 6 Venue : Morelands - Campbell Reserve, Coburg, Melbourne
Australia
Lineup and scorers unknown
6 - 2 HMS Newcastle
Lineup and scorers unknown
sources :
Behrent p.79 (gives score as 7-1)
The Southern Cross