Socceroo 1968 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1968

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

In 1968 Australia played a three match series against a Japan side at home. The series was notable for the fact that the home crowd was quite vocal for the visiting Japanese side at the expense of the Australians. This was particular to both the Sydney and Melbourne matches and prompted Australian captain Johnny Warren to say "It would have been better if we had been playing in Vietnam or Korea". The first game was played in Sydney. This was a friendly match.
Played: Saturday March 30 1968 Venue: Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Dick van Alphen, Stan Ackerley, Les Scheinflug, Alan Westwater (Archie Blue 46), Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek, John Warren (c) (Ray Lloyd 59), Tommy McColl
Goals: McColl 47, Blue 84
2 - 2 Japan
Kenzo Yokoyama, Hirsohi Katayama, Yoshitada Yamaguchi, Ryozo Suzuki (Takaji Mori 28), Mitsuo Kamata, Aritatsu Ogi, Ikuo Matsumoto (Takeo Takahashi 60), Teruki Miyamoto, Kunishige Kamamoto, Shigeo Yaegashi, Ryuichi Sugiyama
Goals: Kamamoto 18, 65
Attendance: 12,646
Coaches: Joe Vlatsis (Australia), Shunichiro Okano (Japan)

This match was the second of the three match series played in Melbourne. Due to injuries Australian coach Joe Vlasits changed the tactics from a 4-2-4 system to a 4-3-3 formation. This change bought immediate results. This was a friendly match.
Played: Sunday March 31 1968 Venue: Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Ron Corry, George Keith, Alan Westwater, Manfred Schaefer, Stan Ackerley, Archie Blue, Les Scheinflug (Ray Lloyd 87), Billy Vojtek (Hammy McMeechan 70), Ray Baartz, Roy Blitz, Tommy McColl
Goals: Scheinflug 33, Vojtek 42, Baartz 89
3 - 1 Japan
Koji Funamoto, Yoshitada Yamaguchi, Masakatsu Miyamoto, Hisao Kami, Junji Kawano, Kiyoshi Tomizawa (Shigeo Yaegashi 60), Takeo Takahashi, Takaji Mori, Kunishige Kamamoto, Yasuyuki Kuwahara (Teruki Miyamoto 75), Maseshi Watanabe (Ruichi Sugiyama 46)
Goal: Kuwahara 31
Attendance: 9,974
Coaches: Joe Vlatsis (Australia), Shunichiro Okano (Japan)

The third match of the series was played in Adelaide and saw Japan square the series 1-1. This was a friendly match.
Played: Thursday April 4 1968 Venue: Norwood Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Ross Kelly, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer (Roy Blitz), Dick van Alphen, Stan Ackerley, Alan Westwater, Archie Blue, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek, Les Scheinflug, Tommy McColl
Goal: McColl 70
1 - 3 Japan
Kenzo Yokoyama, Hiroshi Katayama, Takaji Mori, Mitsuo Kamata, Yoshitada Yamaguchi, Shigeo Yaegashi, Aritatsu Ogi (Masakatsu Miyamoto 75), Teruki Miyamoto, Kunishige Kamamoto, Masashi Watanabe, Ryuichi Sugiyama
Goals: Sygiyama 82, Kamamoto 85, 89
Attendance: 6,127
Coaches: Joe Vlatsis (Australia), Shunichiro Okano (Japan)