Socceroo 1967 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1967

Written by Jean-Michel Cazal, Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock. Thanks to Kevin Christopher for the use of his personal material and John Punshon for the cross referencing of material. For more details see credits.

Australia was invited to participate in the Vietnam National Day Soccer Tournament in Saigon in November 1967. The series took place while the rumblings of distant artillery guns could be heard clearly in the grounds. Australia was drawn in Group A with the hosts South Vietnam, New Zealand and Singapore. Group B comprised of South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. The top two from each group would go through to a semi-final where winner 1 played runner-up 2 with the two winners meeting in the final. Australias first group match was against the old foe New Zealand. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 5 1967 Venue : Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
Australia
Roger Romanowicz, George Keith (Nuttall), Stan Ackerley, Frank Micic (Manfred Schaefer), Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Tommy McColl (Ray Richards), Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goals : Abonyi x3, Warren, Baartz
5 - 3 New Zealand
Neville Siebert, Colin Latimour, Gary Lake, Thomas McNab, James Ferrier (Anthony Gowans), Paul Rennell, Istvan 'Steve' Nemeth, Brian Turner, Colin Shaw (Earl Thomas), Raymond Mears, John Legg
Goals : Mears, Nemeth, Shaw
Attendance : 20,000
Referee : Hong Duk Yong (South Korea)
Coach : Joe Vlatsis (Australia), Juan Schwanner (New Zealand)


This match was the second of the tournament and saw Australia take on the home side. The South Vietnamese side was even visited their Vice-President, Cao Ky in the half-time break but this did little to inspire his sides fortunes in the second stanza. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 7 1967 Venue : Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
South Vietnam
(Lineup unavailable)
0 - 1 Australia
Roger Romanowicz, George Keith, Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Billy Vojtek, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Tommy McColl (Ray Richards)
Goal : Warren 35
Coach : Joe Vlasits (Australia)


The third group match against Singapore meant little to the Australians as Singapore had lost their first two games and Australia had won their two. Australia had already qualified for the Semi-Final phase but delighted the crowd with five goals to win the match convincingly. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 11 1967 Venue : Saigon, South Vietnam
Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith (Gary Wilkins), Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer (Frank Micic), Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Ray Richards, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goals : Abonyi x3, Warren, Baartz 53
5 - 1 Singapore
(Lineup unavailable)
Goals : Scorer unavailable pk
Attendance : 10,000
Coach : Joe Vlatsis (Australia)


Group 'A' Final Table
TeamPWDLGF GAPts
Australia 3300 1146
South Vietnam3201 724
New Zealand 3102 7112
Singapore 3003 2100

Group 'B' Final Table
TeamPWDLGF GAPts
South Korea3300 626
Malaysia 3201 634
Thailand 3102 872
Hong Kong 3003 180


The Australian team qualified for the Semi-final phase where they encountered Malaysia. The match was marred when police and military personel stormed the ground when a Malaysian player kicked winger Tom McColl as the Australian player was lying on the ground following a tackle. The Malaysian players rushed the Australians and all-in brawl developed before the police and military personel restored order. The match ws locked 0-0 after 90 minutes and it wasn't until 27 minutes into extra time that 20 year old Ray Baartz found the winner for Australia. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 12 1967 Venue : Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
Malaysia
(Lineup incomplete) Lee Soo Pang
0 - 1 Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith, Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goal : Baartz 117
Attendance : 30,000
Coach : Joe Vlatsis (Australia)


Australia was into the final against South Korea after they had defeated the home side South Vietnam, 3-0, in the other semi-final. The win in this match by Australia meant they had won their first, if minor, international tournament. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 14 1967 Venue : Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
South Korea
(Lineup incomplete) Chin Bok (GK), Lee Young Kewn, Byung Chung Tak, Pak Kwang Jo (Sent off), Huh Yoon Jung
Goals : Lee Young Kewn 1, Huh Yoon Jung
2 - 3 Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith (Nuttall), Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goals : Vojtek 36, Abonyi , Warren
Attendance : 30,000
Coach : Joe Vlatsis (Australia)
Halftime : 1-1


After the tournament in South Vietnam the Australian team went on a three country tour of South East Asia. The first of these was Indonesia where the team played one match agianst the national side. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 17 1967 Venue : Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia
(Lineup incomplete) J Etek (GK)
0 - 2 Australia
Roger Romanowicz, George Keith (Garry Wilkins), Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick Van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek (Ted De Lyster 70)
Goals : Ray Baartz 37, Atti Abonyi 43
Attendance : 20,000
Coach : Joe Vlatsis (Australia)


Australia then played a match against Singapore. As in the South Vietnam tournament Australia proved they had the measure of the Singaporean side. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 21 1967 Venue : Singapore
Singapore
(Lineup unavailable)
Goal : (Scorer unavailable)
1 - 6 Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith, Stan Ackerley, Frank Micic, Manfred Schaefer, Ray Lloyd, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Alan Westwater, Billy Vojtek (Ted De Lyster)
Goals : Abonyi x2, Westwater, Micic, McColl, Vojtek
Attendance : 4,000
Coach : Joe Vlatsis (Australia)
Halftime : 0-1


Australias last match of the tour was against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. They finished their tour exactly how they started it with a win meaning they finished the nine internationals undefeated. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 26 1967 Venue : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia
(Lineup incomplete) Lee Soo Pang, Joon Huang, Agus Salim, Gunaratnam, Tanalban
0 - 4 Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith, Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goals : Vojtek x2, McColl, Abonyi
Attendance : 500
Coach : Joe Vlatsis (Australia)