Socceroo Games

Socceroo Internationals for 1973

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. For more details see credits.


The first round of the 1974 World Cup elimination series was played in Australia and New Zealand. The competing sides were Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Iraq. Matches were played over a two leg basis with the winner of the series to go onto play the winner of Asian sub group B2. The first game of the series was played in Auckland against New Zealand. After Australias victory against New Zealand in Djakarta five months ago, many supporters were expecting big things from the Australian outfit in the first match. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 4 1973 Venue : Newmarket Ground, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
Kevin Curtin, Maurice Tillotson, Colin Latimour, John Staines, Ron Armstrong, Brian Turner, Alan Vest, Dennis Tindall (Brian Armstrong 77), David Taylor, Alan Marley (Geoff Brand 85), Malcolm Bland
Goal : Turner 57
1 - 1 Australia
Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, John Warren (Atti Abonyi 77), Ray Baartz, Adrian Alston, Max Tolson (Ernie Campbell 67), Branko Buljevic
Goal : Campbell 85
Match Report by Lou Gautier
Referee : Sun Tak Luk (Hong Kong)
Attendance : 12,000
Coaches : Barrie Truman (New Zealand), Rale Rasic (Australia)


The second match was played against Iraq back in Sydney. Rasic made a couple of changes prefering Mackay to Warren and Rooney to Tolson. Australia went into the match as underdogs but played outstanding football to down the tournament favourites in convincing fashion. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 11 1973 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Adrian Alston, Ray Baartz, Branko Buljevic (Ernie Campbell 23)
Goals : Richards 49, Alston 80, 85
3 - 1 Iraq
Jalal Abdul Rahman, Mijbil Fartus, Abid Kadum, Douglas Aziz, Sahab Kasal, Shidrik Yousif, Riad Nuri, Amu Yousif (Bashar Rashid 78), Sabah Hattem (Rasak Ahmed 67), Salah Ubid, Ali Kadum
Goal : Nuri 90
Referee : Govindsamy Suppiah (Singapore)
Linesmen : Fernando Alvarez (Philippines), Kim Joo Won (South Korea)
Attendance : 28,514 (double header)
Coaches : Rale Rasic (AUS), Major Abdullah Hassan (IRQ)


The third match for the Australians was against Indonesia in Sydney only two days after their magnificent display against Iraq. This time there was no great football and the Australians gave the crowd little to cheer about. The see-sawing form of the side was a mystery but the Australians did manage to beat the Indonesians 2-1 and continue their unbeaten run in the series. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 13 1973 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney (Branko Buljevic 55), Adrian Alston, Ray Baartz, Ernie Campbell (Atti Abonyi 76)
Goals : Campbell 22, Alston 42
2 - 1 Indonesia
Ronny Pasla, Juswardi, Sunarto, Anwar Udjang, Widodo, Suaeb Rizal, Ronny Pattinasarany, Sarman Panggabean (Waskito 80), Iswadi (Asmara 79), Jacob Sihasale, Abdul Kadir
Goal : Iswadi 36
Referee : Dau Van Dzu (South Vietnam)
Linesmen : K.Mahrendran (Malaysia), Luk Tat Sun (Hong Kong)
Attendance : 12,763 (double header)
Coaches : Rale Rasic (AUS), Dr Endang Witarsa (IND)


The next match for Australia was the retur leg against New Zealand. After their poor showing in Auckland the Socceroos were expected to wipe out the Kiwis, but once out on the paddock all this came to zero. Although Australia led 3-1 at one stage they let their opponents back into the match with some bad errors. At the same time the Iraqis were held to a draw against Indonesia which left Australia still leading the series. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 16 1973 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Adrian Alston, Ray Baartz, Branko Buljevic
Goals : Utjesenovic 11, Baartz 19, Buljevic 26
3 - 3 New Zealand
Kevin Curtin, Maurice Tillotson, Colin Latimour, John Staines, Ron Armstrong, Brian Turner, Tommy Randles, Dennis Tindall, Alan Vest, David Taylor (Max Davies 75), Brian Hardman (Tony Sibley 46)
Goals : Vest 10, Tindall 50, Hogg 86og
Referee : K Mahendron (Malaysia)
Linesmen : Govindsamy Suppiah (Singapore), Luk Tat Sun (Hong Kong)
Attendance : 14,071
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia), Barrie Truman (New Zealand)


The return match against the Iraqis was billed as the series decider. Australia knew that if they could draw the game and beat the Indonesians in the last match they would be home while the Iraqis knew that they had to win to keep in contention. The Australians played a little nervously at the start but settled down to completely shut out the Iraqis with some rock solid defense This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 18 1973 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Ray Richards, Adrian Alston, Max Tolson (Jim Rooney 65), Branko Buljevic (Atti Abonyi 77)
0 - 0 Iraq
Sattar Khalef, Mijbil Fartus, Abid Kadum, Abdul Hamid, Raheem Karim, Douglas Aziz, Riad Nuri (Shidrak Yousef 87), Bashir Rashid, Abdul Razak Ahmed, Sabah Hattem (Ali Kadum 62), Salah Ubid
Referee : Masatoshi Nagashima (Japan)
Linesmen : K Mahendran (Malaysia), Dau Van Dzu (South Vietnam)
Attendance : 10,684 (double header)
Coaches : Rale Rasic (Australia), Major Abdullah Hassan (Iraq)


In the final game the pressure was on the Australians. Iraq had beaten New Zealand and was now one point ahead of Australia with a slightly better goal difference. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 24 1973 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Ray Richards, Atti Abonyi, Adrian Alston, Branko Buljevic (Max Tolson 10)
Goals : Mackay 3, 40, Abonyi 23, 54, Richards 72, Baartz 78
6 - 0 Indonesia
Ronny Pasla (Judo Hadianto 24), Sunarto, Anwar Udjang, Rachman Halim, Widodo (Hanhara 46), Andjas Asmara, Suaeb Rizal, Sarman Panggabean, Waskito, Jacob Siharsale, Max Timisela
Referee : Masatoshi Nagashima (Japan)
Linesmen : Govindsamy Suppiah (Singapore), Dau Van Szu (South Vietnam)
Attendance : 12,390 (double header)
Coaches : Rale Rasic (Australia), Dr Endang Witarsa (Indonesia)


Final Group Standings
TeamPWDL GFGAPts
Australia6330 1569
Iraq6321 1168
Indonesia6123 6134
New Zealand6033 5123
Note : The winners, Australia, advance to the meet the winners of Asian Sub Group B -Iran.


Australia was to now meet the Asian Sub Group B final winner Iran. The first of the two legs was played in Sydney before a capacity crowd at the Sydney Sports Ground. Australia was without stopper Manfred Scahafer who was recovering from an operation while Iran were without star striker Ali Parvin after a mishap during a practise match in New Zealand. This match was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : August 18 1973 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, John Watkiss, Col Curran, John Warren, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Adrian Alston (Bill Vojtek 76)
Goals : Alston 43, Abonyi 46, Wilson 85
3 - 0 Iran
Nasser Hejazi, Mehdi Monajati, Gholamhossein Mazloumi, Ebrahim Ashtiani, Jafar Kashani, Akbar Kargarjam, Reza Adelkhani, Javad Ghorab, Parviz Ghelichkhani, Esmail Hajrahimipur (Safar Iranpak 23 (Mohammed Sadeghi 46)), Mehdi Lavasani
Referee : Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland)
Linesmen : Leslie Coffman (New Zeland), Govindsamy Suppiah (Singapore)
Attendance : 30,881
Coaches : Rale Rasic (Australia), Danny McLennan and Mahmoud Bayati (Iran)


The return leg was played in a heatwave at high altitude and in front of a crowd of screaming Iranian fans. The Australians got no respite for the return leg but saved the game after falling 2-0 behind after 31 minutes. This was a World Cup Qualifying Match.
Played : August 24 1973 Venue : Aryamehr Stadium, Tehran, Iran
Iran
Mansour Rashidi, Ebrahim Ashtiani, Jafar Kashani, Akbar Kargarjam, Parviz Ghelichkhani, Ali Parvin, Karo Haghverdian (Javad Ghorab 76), Gholamhossein Mazloumi, Mohammad Sadeghi, Reza Adelkhani (Ashgar Sharafi 65)
Goals : Ghelichkhani 14pk, 31
2 - 0 Australia
Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, John Watkiss, Col Curran, Ray Richards, John Warren (Jim Rooney 71), Jim Mackay, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Adrian Alston (Max Tolson 46)
Referee : Pavel Kasakov (USSR)
Attendance : 80,000
Coach : Rale Rasic (Australia), Danny McLennan and Mahmoud Bayati (Iran)


Australia had now qualified to meet South Korea for the Oceania/Asia spot in the 1974 World Cup finals in West Germany. This would be decided by playing a two leg home and away series. The first leg was played in Australia at the Sydney Sports Ground in front of a capacity 32,005 fans. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : October 28 1973 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenevic, Peter Wilson, John Watkiss, Col Curran, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, John Warren (Ernie Campbell 75), Ray Baartz, Atti Abonyi, Adrian Alston (Max Tolson 60)
0 - 0 South Korea
Byun Ho Yung, Kim Ho Kon, Yoo Kee Heung, Kang Kee Wook, Park Yung Tae, Cha Bum Keun, Ko Jae Wook, Park Byung Chul, Park Ee Chun (Kang Tae Hyun 65), Kim Jae Han, Chung Kyu Poong
Referee : Vital Loraux (Belgium)
Attendance : 32,005
Coaches : Rale Rasic (Australia), Min Byoung Dae (South Korea)


The second leg was played in Seoul, South Korea in front of a very parochial crowd of 32,000 at the Municipal Stadium. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : November 11 1973 Venue : Municipal Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
Byun Ho Yung, Kim Ho Kon, Yoo Kee Heung, Kang Ka Wook, Park Yung Tae, Cha Bum Keun, Ko Jae Wook, Park Byung Chul, Park Ee Chun, Kim Jae Han, Chung Kyu Poong
Goals : Kim Jae Han 15, Ko Jae Wook 30
2 - 2 Australia
Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards (Adrian Alston 76), Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Branko Buljevic
Goals : Buljevic 31, Baartz 47
Referee : Arie Van Gemert (Netherlands)
Attendance : 32,000
Coaches : Min Byoung Dae (South Korea), Rale Rasic (Australia)


After the first two games ended in a draw a third match was scheduled to find a winner. The neutral ground of Hong Kong was chosen and it was here that in the 70th minute the midfielder Jimmy Mackay immortalised himself in Australian soccer history when he hit the winner that saw Australia to victory and a place in its first World Cup finals. This was a World Cup Qualifying Match.
Played : November 13 1973 Venue : Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Australia
Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Atti Abonyi (Adrian Alston 56), Ray Baartz, Branko Buljevic
Goal : Mackay 70
1 - 0 South Korea
Lee Sae Yun, Kim Ho Kon, Yoo Kae Heung, Kang Kee Wook (Park Ee Chun 80), Park Yung Tae, Cha Bum Keun, Ko Jae Wook, Park Byung Chul, Kim Jin Kook (Chung Kyu Poong 59), Kim Jae Han, Kang Tae Hyun
Referee : Arie Van Gemert (Netherlands)
Attendance : 28,000
Coaches : Rale Rasic (Australia), Min Byoung Dae (South Korea)