Socceroo 1976 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1976

Written by Thomas Esamie, Jean-Michel Cazal, Doug Butcher 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 international assignment 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. This was a friendly match.
Played : February 29 Venue : Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
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
0 - 1 Australia
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Jim Rooney, Dave Harding, Agenor Muniz, Mark Jankovics (John Nyskohus), Peter Ollerton, Murray Barnes
Goal : Harding 79
Attendance : 12,300
Coach : Brian Green (Australia), Barrie Truman (New Zealand)


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, I suppose being employed by the Federation isn't too profitable. This was a friendly match.
Played : March 2 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, George Harris, Dave Harding, Agenor Muniz, Jim Rooney, Atti Abonyi (John Nyskohus), Peter Ollerton, Murray Barnes
Goals : Barnes, Ollerton, Abonyi
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
Goal : Taylor
Referee : Stuart Mellings
Coach : Brian Green (Australia), Barrie Truman (New Zealand)


Australias next coach Jim Shoulder. His first international match in charge of the Socceroos was against Hong Kong in Canberra. This was a friendly match.
Played : August 11 Venue : Manuka Oval, Canberra, Australia
Australia
Todd Clarke, Kevin Mullen, Peter Wilson, Richie Bell, Alan Ainslie, Peter Stone, John Davies, Mendo Ristovski, Duncan Cummings, Murray Barnes, Phil O'Connor
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
Goal : Tang Hung Chong 21
Referee : Tony Boskovic (Australia)
Attendance : 4,000
Coaches : Jim Shoulder (Australia), Franz Van Balkom (Hong Kong)


The second game against Hong Kong was played in the provincial city of Gosford on the NSW Central coast. This was a friendly match.
Played : August 18 Venue : Graham Park, Gosford, Australia
Australia
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Jim Rooney, Agenor Muniz (Gary Byrne 61), Dave Harding, John Kosmina, Murray Barnes (Phil O'Connor 71), Atti Abonyi
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
Referee : Peter Rampley
Attendance : 5,000
Coaches : Jim Shoulder (Australia), Franz Van Balkom (Hong Kong)


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. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 20 Venue : Jakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia
(lineup incomplete) Suab Rizal
Goal : Rizal 83
1 - 1 Australia
Allan 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
Goal : Abonyi 5
Referee : Soedorso
Attendance : 40,000
Coach : Jim Shoulder (Australia)
Squad listings


The next destination was Singapore and a game against the national side. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 22 Venue : Kallang National Stadium, Singapore
Singapore
(unknown sub in lineup) 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)
0 - 1 Australia
Allan 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
Goal : Ollerton 48
Referee : Lee
Attendance : 45,000
Coaches : Choo Seng Quee (Singapore), Jim Shoulder (Australia)


The third international match of the tour was against Hong Kong in Hong Kong. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 24 Venue : Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
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
Substitutes : Fung Chi Ming, Loo Fook Hing
0 - 2 Australia
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic (George Harris 46), Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Jim Rooney, Agenor Muniz, Dave Harding, John Nyskohus, John Kosmina, Atti Abonyi
Goals : Abonyi 35pk, Nyskohus 44
Coaches : Jim Shoulder (Australia), Franz van Balkom (Hong Kong)


Australia then travelled to Europe and played a friendly international against Israel in Tel Aviv. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 3 Venue : National Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel
Israel
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)
Goal : Damti 42
1 - 1 Australia
Todd Clarke, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson (c), Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Jim Rooney, Gary Byrne, Gary Marocchi (Agenor Muniz 57), John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton, Atti Abonyi (John Nyskohus 72)
Goal : Wilson 56
Referee : Rene Mathieu (Switzerland)
Crowd : 15000
Coaches : David Schweitzer (Israel), Jim Shoulder (Australia)