1969 Australia Men's National Team Results
Researched by Thomas Esamie, Kevin Christopher, Jean-Michel Cazal, John Punshon and Doug Butcher, written by Greg Stock

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Source: Page authors, Daily newspapers.

Friendly Matches

Saturday July 19 1969
Sydney Cricket Ground, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia
Referee: Tony Boskovic (Australia)
Attendance: 30,155
AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, Manfred Schaefer, John Watkiss, Alan Marnoch, Stan Ackerley, Danny Walsh, John Warren, Adrian Alston (Tommy McColl 46), Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Goal: Abonyi 60 pen
1 - 0 Greece
Nikos Hristfidis (Kostas Saraliotis 26), Babis Intzoglou, Apostolos Toskas, Angelos Spiridon, Athanasius Intzoglou, Stavros Sarafis, Giorgos Dedes (Neotakos Hatzionnoglou 75), Efstathios Haitas (c) (Dimitrios Papaioannou 46), Kostas Aidiniou, Mihalis Kritikopoulos, Giorgos Karafeskos
Coach: Dan Giorgiadis
Greece toured Australia in 1969 as a warm-up for Australia facing a World Cup qualifying series later in the year. The Greek national side were also using the tour as preperation for their remaining world cup qualifiers against Romania. A series of three matches was played with the first in Sydney in front of 30,000 including an interested Prime Minister in Mr Gough Whitlam.

Wednesday July 23 1969
Exhibition Ground, Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Australia
Referee: Harold Parsons (Australia)
Attendance: 10,037
AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, Manfred Schaefer, John Watkiss, Alan Marnoch, Stan Ackerley, Danny Walsh (Ray Lloyd 80), John Warren, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Coach: Joe Vlatsis
Goals: Vojtek 48, Baartz 62
2 - 2 Greece
Kostas Saraliotis, Babis Intzoglou, Angelos Spiridon, Apostolos Toskas, Athanasius Intzoglou, Giorgos Karafeskos, Efstathios Haitas (c), Giorgos Dedes, Dimitris Papaioannou (Kostas Davourlis 75), Mihalis Kritikopoulos (sent off 89), Takis Hatzionnoglou
Coach: Dan Giorgiadis
Goals: Dedes 19, 46
Red Card: Kritikopoulos 89
After the match in Sydney the Greek coach Dan Giorgiadis gave his team a good serve and it was a different Greek side that came out intent on taking the game by any means possible. In the second half the Greek players went out of their way to physically intimidate the Australians by kicking and punching until the referee Mr Parsons took control and sent off a Greek player. The Greek coach was also ordered off the field by the referee several times and it was a credit to the Australian players that they did not retaliate in this bruising encounter.

Sunday July 27 1969
Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Referee: Vince Dobinson (Australia)
Linesmen: Lou Stafrace and Geoff Harrison (Australia)
Attendance: 24,416
AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, Manfred Schaefer, John Watkiss, Alan Marnoch, Stan Ackerley (Billy Rice 68), Ray Lloyd (Danny Walsh 58), Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, John Warren, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Coach: Joe Vlasits
0 - 2 Greece
Nikos Hristidis, Babis Intzoglou, Angelos Spiridon, Apstolos Toskas, Athanasius Intzoglou, Efstathois Haitas (c), Giorgos Dedes (Kostas Aidiniou 44), Stavros Sarafis, Mihalis Kritikopoulos, Giorgos Karafeskos, Takis Hatzionnoglou (Dimitris Papaioannou 46)
Coach: Dan Giorgiadis
Goals: Dedes 22, Papaioannou 55
The third match in Melbourne saw the home side fall to pieces with some bad finishing. Several oppurtunities were missed and Australia only had itself to blame for not being competitive in the game. The series finishing one all with one drawn.
 
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Friday October 10 1969
Dongdaemum Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
Referee: Patrick Nice (Malaysia)
Attendance: 10,500
Japan
Kenzo Yokoyama, Yoshitada Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Katayama, Mitsuo Kamata, Tadao Onishi, Takaji Mori, Aritatsu Ogi (Masakatsu Miyamoto), Teruki Miyamoto, Masashi Watanabe (Takeo Kimura 28), Yasuyuki Kuwahara, Ryuichiu Sugiyama
Coach: Ken Naganuma
Goal: Watanabe 11
1 - 3 AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch (Gary Manuel), Stan Ackerley, John Warren (c), John Watkiss, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, John Perin (Billy Vojtek 60)
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Goals: McColl 5, Ogi 68 Own Goal, Baartz 69
The Australian teams next assignment was to fly to Seoul for the Elimination Round of the 1970 FIFA World Cup Qualifying tournament. Drawn with South Korea and Japan, three days after arriving the team was lining up to play their first game on a freezing Seoul day aginst the Japanese.

Tuesday October 14 1969
Dongdaemum Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
Referee: G.Suppiah (Singapore)
Attendance: 25,000
South Korea
Son Cho-Myung, Kim Jung-Suk, Kim Ho, Kim Jung-Nam, Cho Chung-Soo, Seo Yoon-Chan, Park Lee-Chun, Lee Lee-Woo, Park Soo-Il, Kim Ki-Bok (Hoo In-Woong), Lee Hoe-Taik
Coach: Not recorded
Goal: Lee Lee-Woo 45
1 - 2 AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch (Gary Manual), Stan Ackerley, John Warren (c), John Watkiss, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Goals: Watkiss 39, McColl 82
Australias second match was against the home side South Korea. The match was a very physical one but saw Australia take a commanding position after beating both sides and seeing Japan and South Korea draw. The Australians were pelted at the completion of the match by a hostile home crowd with bottles and cans before police escorted the side into the dressing room.

Thursday October 16 1969
Dongdaemum Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
Referee: Wanchai Suvaree (Thailand)
Linesmen: Cheung (Formosa) and Patrick Nice (Malaysia)
Attendance: 6,000
Japan
Kenzo Yokoyama, Hiroshi Katayama, Mitsuo Kamata, Tsuyoshi Kunieda, Yoshidata Yamaguchi, Aritatsu Ogi, Ikuo Matsumoto (Masashi Watanabe 78), Takaji Mori (Junji Kawano 78), Teruki Miyamoto, Yasuyuki Kuwahara, Ryuichi Sugiyama
Coach: Ken Naganuma
Goal: Miyamoto 4
1 - 1 AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch, Stan Ackerley, John Warren (c), John Watkiss, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Goal: McColl 39
The third match was the return game against Japan (the three teams played each other twice). The result was a draw although Australia had a second goal disallowed after the referee changed his earlier decision. The referee awarded the goal before the linesmen drew the refereees attention to a supposed indiscretion. The goal was then reversed into a Japan free kick. There was another refereeing incident later in the match when Tom McColl was upended in the box with no penalty.

Monday October 20 1969
Dongdaemum Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
Referee: Patrick Nice (Malaysia)
Attendance: 25,000
South Korea
So Cho-Myung, Kim Jung-Suk, Kim Ho, Kim Jung-Nam, Cho Chung-Soo, Kim Ki-Bok, Seo Yoon-Chan, Park Lee-Chun, Lee Lee-Woo, Lee Hoe-Taik, Park Soo-Il
Coach: Not recorded
Goal: Park Soo-Il 35
1 - 1 AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch (David Zeman), Stan Ackerley, John Warren (c), John Perin, Tommy McColl, Atti Abonyi (Willie Rutherford), Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Goal: Baartz 58
The last of the round-robin matches was against South Korea. In the second game between South Korea and Japan, South Korea had won and it meant that they had a chance to win the tournament should they beat Australia. Australian coach Joe Vlasits gambled a little with a few untried players but his selections worked out when Australia escaped with a draw and won the series to advance to the next round against Rhodesia. The game was an exciting one and saw Australia have a goal disallowed and keeper Ron Corry save a South Korean penalty.

Asia/Oceania Round 1 Final Table
Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 AUSTRALIA 4 2 2 0 7 4 3 6
2 South Korea 4 1 2 1 6 5 1 4
3 Japan 4 0 2 2 4 8 -4 2
 
Note: Australia advanced to the second round of FIFA World Cup qualifying.

Sunday November 23 1969
Salazar Stadium, Laurenco Marques, Mozambique
Referee: Saldanha Antonio Ribeiro (Portugal)
Attendance: 6,500
Rhodesia
Robin Jordon, Stuart Knowles, Philemon Tigere, Peter Haddon, James Chibaya (Adolf Mutama), William Sibanda, Topsy Robertson, James Nyumalo, Bobby Chalmers (c), Hylton Grainger, George Shaya
Coach: Danny McLennan
Goal: Chalmers 63
1 - 1 AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch, Stan Ackerley (c), Danny Walsh, Adrian Alston (John Watkiss), Willie Rutherford (Billy Vojtek), Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Tommy McColl
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Goal: McColl 68
There was much controversy before the next round of World Cup Qualifiers. Australia's next opponents Rhodesia had been told by the Mexican Government that even if they won series they would not be granted visas to compete in the finals. This was due to the Southern Rhodesian governments treatment of the native population at the time. It then followed that these matches were of no importance but it was decided at the last minute to go ahead and so Australia played. Nothing much was known about the Rhodesians who were made up of mostly non-white players. The Australian team was without inspirational captain Johnny Warren after he was taken sick, and proceeded to keep Rhodesia in the match by wasting numerous scoring oppurtunities.

Thursday November 27 1969
Salazar Stadium, Laurenco Marques, Mozambique
Referee: Saldanha Antonio Ribeiro (Portugal)
Attendance: 3,500
Rhodesia
Robin Jordan, Stuart Knowles, Philemon Tigere, Peter Haddon, Adolf Mutama, Isaac Chieza, William Sibanda, Topsy Robertson, Bobby Chalmers (c), Hylton Grainger (Gibson Homela), Nelson Mapara
Coach: Danny McLennan
0 - 0 AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch, Stan Ackerley, John Warren (c), Danny Walsh, Atti Abonyi, John Watkiss (Willie Rutherford), Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek
Coach: Joe Vlasits
The second match of the series again played in neutral Mozambique and saw Australia completely dominate their opponents. Again bad finishing and ineffectual shooting cost Australia as it let Rhodesia off the hook. The match was also broadcast by the ABC's Martin Royal for the fans back in Australia.

Saturday November 29 1969
Salazar Stadium, Laurenco Marques, Mozambique
Referee: Saldanha Antonio Ribeiro (Portugal)
Attendance: 1,500
Rhodesia
Robin Jordan (Stewart Gilbert 35), Stuart Knowles, Philemon Tigere, Peter Haddon, Adolf Mutama, Isaac Chieza, William Sibanda, Topsy Robertson, Bobby Chalmers (c), Hylton Grainger, Nelson Mapara
Coach: Danny McLennan
Goal: Chalmers 49
1 - 3 AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch, John Perin (David Zeman), John Warren (c), Danny Walsh, Atti Abonyi, Willie Rutherford, Ray Baartz (Adrian Alston), Billy Vojtek
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Goals: Rutherford 12, Tigere 22 Own Goal, Warren 56
In the third game (due to the two draws) Australia finally overwhelmed the stubborn Rhodesians. With only two days between games the Australian side responded well to the flak that had greeted their last match and put on a much better display to advance to the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

Thursday December 4 1969
National Stadium, Ramat-Gan, Tel Aviv, Israel
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)
Attendance: 41,899
Israel
Itzhak Vissoker, Shraga Bar (Moti Lubetski 76), Aharon Shuruk, Zvi Rosen, Menachem Bello, Shmuel Rosenthal, Mordechai Spiegler (c), Giora Spiegel, Rahamim Talbi, Yehoshua Feigenbaum, Itzhak Shum
Coach: Emmanuel Scheffer
Goal: Spiegler 18
1 - 0 AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, David Zeman, Stan Ackerley, John Perin, Atti Abonyi, John Watkiss, John Warren (c), Willie Rutherford, Tommy McColl (Billy Vojtek 72)
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Immediately following the match against Rhodesia Australia flew directly to Israel where they were due to play Israel in the final round of the FIFA World Cup qualifying series. Ron Corry, the Australian goalkeeper kept the side in the game pulling off some great saves as well as saving a penalty. In the end it was the Israeli side's fitness and technique that saw them prevail.

Sunday December 14 1969
Sydney Sports Ground, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)
Attendance: 29,737
AUSTRALIA
Ron Corry, George Keith, Manfred Schaefer, Alan Marnoch, Stan Ackerley, Danny Walsh, John Warren (c), Atti Abonyi, John Watkiss, Ray Baartz, Billy Vojtek (Willie Rutherford 60)
Coach: Joe Vlasits
Goal: Watkiss 88
1 - 1 Israel
Itzhak Visoker, Shraga Bar, David Primo, Zvi Rosen, Menachem Bello, Shmuel Rosenthal, Giora Spiegel, Meir Barad (Rachamim Talbi 60), Yehoshua Feigenboim, Mordechai Spiegler, Itzhak Shum (David Karako 88)
Coach: Emmanuel Scheffer
Goals: Spiegler 78
Australia's quest for a berth at the FIFA World Cup ended with a 1-1 draw in front of a capacity crowd at the Sydney Sports Ground. Australia played well but it was again the finesse and tactics of the Israelis that saw them home despite a late flurry from the home side. The away draw was enough for Isreal to qualify for the World Cup in Mexico.
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