Socceroo 1958 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1958

Written by Jean-Michel Cazal, Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock.
Thanks to the extensive research of Doug Butcher and Kevin Christopher (Studs Up editor) for the use of his personal material. For more details see credits


Australia embarked on a two match series against the old foe New Zealand. 1958 was only one year after the Australian Soccer Federation was formed while Australian soccer was undergoing a transitional period boosted by the large number of European migrants who had made Australia home. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday August 16 1958 Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand
New Zealand
Ken Hough, Douglas Lapwood, Jock Aird, Ken Armstrong (c), Theo Van den Broek, Patrick McFarlane, Thomas McCabe, Rodney Reid, Bill Hume, George Cuthill, Charles Steele jr
Goals: Aird 30 pen, Hume
2 - 3 Australia
Jim McCabe, Kevin O'Neill, Harry Murdoch, Ron Adair, Joe Marston (c), Bob Wemyss, Bruce Morrow, Frank Loughran, Gordon Nunn, Emmanuel Vella, Brian Vogler
Goals: Nunn 11, 44, Adair 65
Referee: Maurice Swain (New Zealand)
Attendance: 7,000
Manager: Harold Barwick (Australia)


This match was the last of the New Zealand tour and was played in atrocious conditions with heavy rain in Auckland. The ground was slippery, players found it very difficult to keep their feet and a draw was a more fitting result to two equally resilient sides. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday August 23, 1958 Venue: Carlaw Park, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
Ken Hough, Douglas Lapwood, Jock Aird, Ken Armstrong (c), Theo Van den Broek, Patrick McFarlane, Thomas McCabe, George McLaren, Bill Hume, Ron Kearns, Charles Steele jr
Goals: Steele 11, 46
2 - 2 Australia
Jim McCabe, Kevin O'Neill, Harry Murdoch, Norm Rule, Joe Marston (c), Bob Wemyss, Bruce Morrow, Frank Loughran, Gordon Nunn, Emmanuel Vella, Brian Vogler
Goals: Aird 41 Own Goal, Vogler 51
Referee: R.Lund (New Zealand)
Attendance: 8,500
Manager: Harold Barwick (Australia)