Socceroo 1972 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1972

Written by Thomas Esamie, Greg Stock and Jean-Michel Cazal. 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.


In October 1972, Australia embarked on a tour of South East Asia under coach Rale Rasic. The thinking behind such a tour was the following years world cup qualifiers and Rasic knew that Australia would have to play some of these teams in the early qualifying rounds. The tour started in Indonesia where they played a match against the Indonesian national side. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 7 1972 Venue : Senayan Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia
Pasla, Juswadi (Rachman 34), Machful Umar, Santoso, Anwar Udjang, Mudjiadi, Iswadi, Djunaedi Abdillah (Andi Lalla 71), Arwijanto (Risdianto 53), Suaeb Rizal, Abdul Kadir
Goal : Kadir 83pk
1 - 4 Australia
Jack Reilly, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards (Jim Rooney 80), Jim Mackay (John Warren 80), Ray Baartz, Max Tolson, Adrian Alston (Atti Abonyi 82), Branko Buljevic
Goals : Buljevic 52, 88, Tolson 60, Baartz 78pk
Referee : Achmad Karim (Indonesia)
Attendance : 11,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)


Two days later the Australians played the old enemy New Zealand in a friendly in Jakarta. The match was played in 36C heat with stifling humidity and the heat affected both sides. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 9 1972 Venue : Senayan Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia
Australia
Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bogdan 'Bugsy' Nyskohus, Jim Rooney (Ray Baartz 46), John McDonald, John Warren, Atti Abonyi, Jim Armstrong (Adrian Alston 53), Terry Butler (Branko Buljevic)
Goals : Abonyi 26, Baartz 54, Warren 76
3 - 1 New Zealand
John Morris (Kevin Curtin 68'), Tony Sibley, Maurice Tillotson, Brian Turner (Nigel Ashurst 54'), Malcolm Ferguson, Iain Hastie, Dennis Tindall (David Taylor 60'), Alan Marley, Allan Vest, Victor Pollard, Ian Ormond
Goal : Vest 7
Referee : Kosasih Kartadiredja (Indonesia)
Attendance : 2,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)


The next match saw Australia return to the 'war zone' that was South Vietnam. This match was played two days after the crowd disturbance in the Australia versus South Vietnam under 23's and was in danger of being called off. Australia took to the field carrying a Vietnamese flag and messages of goodwill were played over the PA to defuse a tricky situation. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 15, 1972 Venue : Cong Hoa Stadium, Saigon, South Vietnam
South Vietnam
Chau, Mong, Hue, Ng Ngon, Trung, Cang, Hung, Tha, Xinh, Anh, Nan Ngon
0 - 1 Australia
Jack Reilly, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Baartz, Ray Richards, John Warren (Jim Rooney), Atti Abonyi (Max Tolson), Adrian Alston (Jim Armstrong), Branko Buljevic
Goal : Buljevic
Attendance : 23,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)


Next stop was South Korea for two matches against the national side. The first game was again marred by Australias poor finishing but the draw meant that Australia kept their undefeated record on tour. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 22 1972 Venue : Seoul, South Korea.
South Korea
Lee Sae Yun, Park Yung Tae, Kim Ho, Lee Chan Man, Kim Kyung Joong, Hwang Jae Man, Kim Ho Kon, Soo Duk (Kim Jin Kook 20), Park Ee Chun, Cha Bum Keun, Chung Kyu Poong (Lee Hoe Tek 67)
Goal : Lee Chan Man
1 - 1 Australia
Jack Reilly, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Max Tolson (Adrian Alston 51), Branko Buljevic
Goal : Tolson 12
Referee : Kim Ju Won (South Korea)
Attendance : 15,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)


Australias second match against the home side South Korea saw the Socceroos correct the mistakes from the game two days earlier. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 24 1972 Venue : Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
Lee Sae Yun, Park Yung Tae, Kim Ho, Kim Kyung Yung, Lee Cha Man, Kon Jae Wook (Hwang Jae Man 27), Cha Bum Keun, Park Ee Chun, Chung Kyu Poong, Kim Jin Kook (Lee Whae Taik 46)
0 - 2 Australia
Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg (Bogdan 'Bugsy' Nyskohus 85), Adrian Alston, Ray Richards, John Warren, Jim Rooney (Jim Mackay 64), Ray Baartz, Jim Armstrong (Max Tolson 61)
Goals : Baartz 12, Armstrong 42
Referee : Mang Myung Sup (South Korea)
Attendance : 17,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)


The final match of the tour was against the Philippines in Manila. The Philippines side was completely outclassed by the Australians and they proved this point by slotting home six goals to finish the tour unbeaten. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 29 1972 Venue : Manila, Philippines
Philippines
Eddie Llamas, Maristela, Rojas, Raffy Esteva, Duqua, De la Cruz (Villaraza 14), Broce, Augustin, Genato (Crame 28), Juan Gutierrez, Lagdameo
0 - 6 Australia
Jack Reilly, Doug Utsenejovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bogdan 'Bugsy' Nyskohus (Jim Rooney 56), Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Atti Abonyi (Terry Butler 60), John Warren, Adrian Alston (Max Tolson), Branko Buljevic
Goals : Abonyi 29pk, Buljevic 52, Butler 64, Warren 66, Utesenovic 75, Richards
Referee : Julian Esguarra (Philipines)
Attendance : 4,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia)