Socceroo 1967 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1967

Written by Jean-Michel Cazal, Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock. Thanks to Kevin Christopher and Doug Butcher. For more details see credits.

Australia was invited to participate in the Vietnam National Day Soccer Tournament (Quoc Khanh) 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: Sunday November 5 1967 Venue: Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
Australia
Roger Romanowicz, George Keith (George Nuttall), Stan Ackerley, Frank Micic (Manfred Schaefer 46'), Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Billy Vojtek, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Ray Richards (Tommy McColl)
Goals: Baartz 7' Warren 13' Abonyi 51' 75' 84'pen
5 - 3 New Zealand
Neville Siebert, Colin Latimour, Gary Lake, Thomas McNab, James Ferrier (Anthony Gowans), Paul Rennell, Steve Nemeth, Brian Turner, Colin Shaw (Earl Thomas), Raymond Mears, John Legg
Goals: Mears, Nemeth, Shaw
Referee: Hong Duk Yong (South Korea)

Attendance: 20,000
Coaches: 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: Tuesday November 7 1967 Venue: Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
South Vietnam
Lam Hong Chm, Nguyen Van Ngon (Lineup Incomplete)
0 - 1 Australia
Roger Romanowicz, George Keith, Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Billy Vojtek (Ray Richards), Atti Abonyi, John Warren (c), Ray Baartz, Tommy McColl
Goal: Warren 35'
Referee: N.F.Nice (Malaysia)
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: Saturday November 11 1967 Venue: Cong Hoa Stadium, 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 (c), Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goals: Westwater 19' Abonyi 27' 36' 39' Baartz 53'
5 - 1 Singapore
Andy Yeo (Lineup Incomplete)
Goal: Yeo pen
Attendance: 10,000
Coach: Joe Vlatsis (Australia)
Manager: Joe David (Singapore)


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: Sunday November 12 1967 Venue: Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
Malaysia
Lee Soo Pang (Lineup Incomplete)
0 - 1 Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith, Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren (c), Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goal: Baartz 101'
Attendance: 30,000
Coaches: E.C.Dutton (Malaysia), 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: Tuesday November 14 1967 Venue: Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
South Korea
Oh In-Bok, Kim Ho, Chung Byong-Tak, Bak Kwang-Jo, Huh Yoon-Chung, Lee Yong-Kun, Kim Ki-Bok (Lineup Incomplete)
Goals: Lee Yong-Kun 1' Huh Yoon-Chung 85'
2 - 3 Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith (George Nuttall), Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren (c), Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goals: Vojtek 36' Warren 52' Abonyi 84'
Attendance: 30,000
Coaches: Il Kad Pak (South Korea), 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: Tuesday November 21 1967 Venue: Jalan Baser Stadium, Singapore
Singapore
Ahmad Wartam (Anthony Samy); Sub: Ibrahim Awang 46' (Lineup Incomplete)
Goal: Awang 69'
1 - 6 Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith, Stan Ackerley, Frank Micic, Manfred Schaefer, Ray Lloyd, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren (c), Alan Westwater, Ted De Lyster (Billy Vojtek 58')
Goals: Abonyi 26' 62' 82' Westwater 55' Vojtek 59' McColl 60'
Attendance: 4,000
Coach: Joe Vlatsis (Australia)


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: Monday November 27 1967 Venue: Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia
Lee Soo Pang, Ho Voon Hung, Agus Salim, Gunaratnam, N.Thanalaban
0 - 4 Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith, Stan Ackerley, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Alan Westwater, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren (c), Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Goals: McColl 4' Vojtek 28' 47' Abonyi
Attendance: 500
Coach : Joe Vlatsis (Australia)