1976 Australia Men's National Team Results
Researched by Doug Butcher, Kevin Christopher and Jean-Michel Cazal, Written by Greg Stock

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Sources: Soccer World, Soccer Action and Daily Newspapers.

Friendly Matches

Sunday February 29 1976
Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Referee: Not Recorded
Attendance: 12,300
New Zealand
Praven Jeram, Anthony Sibley, John Houghton, Adrian Elrick, Ian Park, Brian Turner, Warren Fleet, David Taylor (Graham Storer), Iain Ormond, Earl Thomas, Kevin Mulgrew
Coach: Barrie Truman
0 - 1 AUSTRALIA
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Jimmy Rooney, Dave Harding, Agenor Muniz, Mark Jankovics (John Nyskohus), Peter Ollerton, Murray Barnes
Coach: Brian Green
Goal: Harding 79
The first international assignment in 1976 for the Socceroos was a home and away friendly series against the old enemy, New Zealand. Under coach Brian Green the Australians again proved their dominance over the Kiwis.

Match Day Programme

Tuesday March 2 1976
Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Referee: Stewart Mellings (Australia)
Attendance: 6,000
AUSTRALIA
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, George Harris, Dave Harding, Agenor Muniz, Jimmy Rooney, Atti Abonyi (John Nyskohus 72), Peter Ollerton, Murray Barnes
Coach: Brian Green
Goals: Barnes 7, Ollerton 14, Abonyi 70
3 - 1 New Zealand
Praven Jeram, Anthony Sibley, John Houghton, Adrian Elrick, Ian Park, Brian Turner, Warren Fleet, David Taylor, Iain Ormond, Earl Thomas, Kevin Mulgrew
Coach: Barrie Truman
Goal: Taylor 74
The second match in Melbourne was the last for coach Brian Green. Twenty days after coaching the Socceroos to victory Brian Green handed in his resignation and fled to England after being found guilty of shoplifting in an Australian court.

Wednesday August 11 1976
Manuka Oval, Manuka, Canberra, Australia
Referee: Tony Boskovic (Australia)
Attendance: 4,000
AUSTRALIA
Todd Clarke, Kevin Mullen, Peter Wilson, Richie Bell, Alan Ainslie, Peter Stone, John Davies, Mendo Ristovski, Duncan Cummings, Murray Barnes, Phil O'Connor
Coach: Jim Shoulder
0 - 1 Hong Kong
Chu Kwok Kuen, Ah Wing Hung, Choi York Yee, Lai Sun Cheung, Tsang Ting Fai (Li Ping Hung 81), Cheng Kwok Kan, Lo Fuk Hing, Cheung Ka Ping, Kwok Ka Ming, Sze Kin Kay, Tang Hung Cheong
Coach: Franz Van Balkom
Goal: Tang Hung Chong 21
Australias next national team coach was Jim Shoulder. His first international match in charge of the Socceroos was against Hong Kong in Canberra.

Wednesday August 18 1976
Grahame Park, Gosford, Australia
Referee: Peter Rampley
Attendance: 5,000
AUSTRALIA
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Jimmy Rooney, Agenor Muniz (Gary Byrne 61), Dave Harding, John Kosmina, Murray Barnes (Phil O'Connor 71), Atti Abonyi
Coach: Jim Shoulder
Goals: Abonyi 12, Harding 27
2 - 0 Hong Kong
Chu Kwok Fun, Au Wing Hung, Choy Yuk Yue, Cheng Yu Yung, Lai Sun Cheung, Tsang Ting Fai, Cheng Kwok Kun, Leung Nang Yan, Cheung Ka Ping, Chung Chor Wai, Kwok Ka Ming
Coach: Franz Van Balkom

Wednesday October 20 1976
Djakarta, Indonesia
Referee: Soedorso (Indonesia)
Attendance: 40,000
Indonesia
Lineup Included; Suab Rizal
Coach: Not Recorded
Goal: Rizal 83
1 - 1 AUSTRALIA
Alan Maher, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Richie Bell, Harry Williams, Dave Harding (Gary Byrne 70), Agenor Muniz, Jim Rooney, Atti Abonyi (Gary Marocchi 70), Peter Ollerton, John Kosmina
Coach: Jim Shoulder
Goal: Abonyi 5
Australia embarked on a world tour playing a number of international and club opponents in both Asia and Europe. Under new coach Jim Shoulder the tour was designed to provide some good match experience for a squad that would be facing World Cup qualifiers in the next twelve months. The first destination was South East Asia and an international against Indonesia.

Socceroo Squad Listing

Friday October 22 1976
Kallang National Stadium, Singapore
Referee: Lee (Singapore)
Attendance: 40,000
Singapore
Lineup Including unknown substitute; Edmund Wee, Hayil Ibrahim, Robert Sim, Samad Alapitchay (c), Syed Mutalib, Gidam Mohammed, Jacob Chaeko, Zamal Abidin, Mohammed Noh, Arahad Khamis, Doliah Kassim, Ahmad Sayuti (Suriamoorthy)
Coach: Choo Seng Quee
0 - 1 AUSTRALIA
Alan Maher (Todd Clarke 46), George Harris, Col Bennett, Peter Wilson (c), Jim Tansey, Gary Byrne, Agenor Muniz, Gary Marocchi (Dave Harding 70), Murray Barnes (Atti Abonyi 46), Peter Ollerton, John Nyskohus
Coach: Jim Shoulder
Goal: Ollerton 48

Sunday October 24 1976
Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Referee: Not Recorded
Attendance: Not Recorded
Hong Kong
Chu Kwok Kun, Lai Sun Cheung, Tsang Ting Fai, Choy Yuk Yue, Au Wing Hung, Cheng Kwok Kun, Tang Hung Cheong, Wu Kwok Hung, Kwok Ka Ming (c), Chung Chor Wai, Cheung Ke Ping Subs: Fung Chi Ming, Loo Fook Hing
Coach: Franz Van Balkom
0 - 2 AUSTRALIA
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic (George Harris 46), Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Jimmy Rooney, Agenor Muniz, Dave Harding, John Nyskohus, John Kosmina, Atti Abonyi
Coach: Jim Shoulder
Goals: Abonyi 35 pen, Nyskohus 44

Wednesday November 3 1976
National Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel
Referee: Rene Mathieu (Switzerland)
Attendance: 15,000
Isreal
Yossef Sorinov, Elimelech Levantel, Haim Bar (Jacob Cohen), David Primo (Alon Ben-Dor), Meir Nimni, Uri Malmilian (Dani Noiman), Avraham Cohen, Yaron Oz, Mordechay Spiegler, Gideon Damti, Itzhak Peretz (Oded Machnes)
Coach: David Schweitzer
Goal: Damti 42
1 - 1 AUSTRALIA
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson (c), Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Jimmy Rooney, Gary Byrne, Gary Marocchi (Agenor Muniz 57), John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton, Atti Abonyi (John Nyskohus 72)
Coach: Jim Shoulder
Goal: Wilson 56
 

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