Socceroo 1970 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1970

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


Australias world tour continued with an international against the Israeli national side. The Australians were pumped up for a big performance as the previous years World Cup campaign had been ruined by the Israelis on this very ground. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 10 Venue : National Stadium, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Israel
Itzhak Visoker, Shraga Bar, David Karako, Itzhak Shum, Zvi Rosen (Yaacov Rahminovich), Shmuel Rosenthal, Giora Spiegel, Arzi Ben Yaacov (c) (Yohanan Wallach), Yehoshua Feigenboim, Mordechai Spiegler, Avraham Shabo (Zeev Zelzer)
0 - 1 Australia
Jack Reilly, John Roche, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Bill Vojtek, John Warren, Jim Mackay, George Blues (Ray Richards 46), Adrian Alston (John Doyle 65), Mike Denton (Sandy Irvine 85)
Goal : Richards 50
Referee : Menachem Ashkenazi (ISR)
Attendance : 25,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (AUS), Edmond Shmilovich (ISR)


Australias third international opponent on their World tour was Greece. Greece afforded great respect to the improving Australians and fielded a full strength side for the match. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 17 Venue : Panathinaikos Ground, Athens, Greece
Greece
Neotakis Ikonomopoulos, Yorgos Skrekis, Aristidis Kamaras, Apostolos Toskas, Nikos Stathopoulos, Yorgos Koudas, Kostas Eleftherakis, Dimitris Domazos, Yorgos Dedes, Nikos Youtsos (Dimitris Papaioannou 46), Babis Stavropoulos (Efstathis Haitas 61)
Goal : Elefterakis 22'
1 - 3 Australia
Jack Reilly, John Roche, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards, John Warren, Jim Mackay, George Blues, Adrian Alston, Bill Vojtek (Mike Denton 75)
Goals : Alston 11, Mackay 23, Blues 77
Referee : Nikos Yannopoulos (Greece)
Attendance : 15,000
Coaches : Rale Rasic (AUS), Petropoulos (GRE)


The final international match of the world tour was played in America against the Mexican national side. After acclimatising to European weather the Australians found the Mexican climate a much different proposition and this showed on the scoreboard. To make matters worse Ray Richards lost his temper and was sent off for throwing the ball into the face of Mexican captain Gustav Pena. This was a friendly match.
Played : December 2 Venue : Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico
Francisco Castrejon, Gamaliel Ramirez, Gustavo Pena, Francisco Montes, Mario Perez, Luis Estrada, Jesus Prado, Mario Velarde, Raul Gomez (Horacio Lopez Salgado 57), Pedro Damian, Javier Valdivia
Goals : Valdivia 40, 80, Gomez 55
3 - 0 Australia
Jack Reilly, John Roche, Peter Wilson, Sandy Irvine, Col Curran (Dennis Yaager 65), Ray Richards (sent off 87), John Warren, Jim Mackay, George Blues, Adrian Alston, Mike Denton
Referee : Abel Aguilar (Mexico)
Attendance : 25,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia), Xavier De La Torre (Mexico)