Socceroo 1977 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1977

Written by Jean-Michel Cazal, Thomas Esamie and Greg Stock. Thanks to Kevin Christopher (Studs Up editor) for the use of his personal material and John Punshon for the cross referencing of material. For more details see credits.


1977 was World Cup qualification year for Australia. In order to qualify for Argentina in 1978 Australia had to compete in the Asian zone elimination series and go through the complicated system of knockout games. Australia's first group was the Oceania group which included New Zealand and Taiwan. The winner from this group would go onto the next round and a further series of eliminators.
In order to get the side in shape for the upcoming qualifiers Australia organised to host Israel for two games in Melbourne and Sydney. This was a friendly match.
Played : February 12 1977 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Todd Clarke, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Gary Byrne, Atti Abonyi (Dave Harding 70), Agenor Muniz, Jim Rooney, John Kosmina (Murray Barnes 70), Peter Ollerton
Goal : Ollerton 58
1 - 1 Israel
Yosef Sorinov, Avraham Cohen, Meir Nimni (sent off 33), Eli Leventhal, Haim Bar, Moshe Leon, Dani Neumann, Mordechai Spiegler (Rifat Turk 72), Moshe Schweitzer (Yaacov Cohen 72), Gideon Damti, Viki Peretz
Goal : Damti 10
Referee : Barry Harwood (Australia)
Attendance : 8,000
Coaches : Jim Shoulder (Australia), David Schweitzer (Israel)


The second match in Sydney was a hard game although the Socceroos put up a very ineffectual performance. Critics slammed Coach Jim Shoulder after the draw but the coach was unpeturbed saying that there would be more sound wins to look forward to. The goal to Australia was a free kick taken by Muniz and deflected off the head of Moshe Schweitzer, some sources credit this goal as an own goal. There also seems to be some suggestion Don Campbell was the referee. This was a friendly match.
Played : February 16 1977 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Todd Clarke, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Gary Byrne (John Nyskohus 67), Agenor Muniz, Jim Rooney, Atti Abonyi, Peter Ollerton, John Kosmina
Goal : Muniz 59
1 - 1 Israel
Yosif Sorinov, Eli Leventhal, Avraham Cohen, Haim Bar, Moshe Leon, Meir Nimni, Dani Neumann (Uri Malmilian 67), Moshe Schweitzer, Gideon Damti, Viki Peretz, Mordechai Spiegler
Goal : Schweitzer 72
Referee : Des Miles (Australia)
Attendance : 6,900
Coaches : Jim Shoulder (Australia), David Schweitzer (Israel)


Australias 1978 World Cup qualification campaign kicked off on the South Pacific island of Fiji. The reason why the matches were played in Fiji was because the Australian Government refused to issue visas to the Taiwanese squad. Pitted against the Taiwanese side, Australia easily overcame the Chinese islanders. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 13 1977 Venue : Ba, Fiji
Taiwan
Chen Hung-chiang, Choa Chen-chung, Hsu Chih-Hsiang, Chen, Jong Chein-fu, Fang Shin-sing, Chang Kuo-chin, Lo Chin Tsong, Lee Fu-tsai, Lin Tsun-tsien, You Cheng-Kung
0 - 3 Australia
Todd Clarke, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Jim Rooney, Agenor Muniz, Gary Byrne, Atti Abonyi, Peter Ollerton, John Kosmina
Goals : Rooney 8, 46, Atti Abonyi 16
Referee : P Watana (Thailand)
Attendance : 8,000
Coaches : Lew Pak (Taiwan), Jimmy Shoulder (Australia)


The return match against Taiwan was played three days later again in Ba, Fiji. This time the Taiwanese tried to play hard physical game but because of their physique the Australians stood firm and took out the match. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 16 1977 Venue : Ba, Fiji
Taiwan
Chen Hung-chiang, Choa Cheng-chung, Hsu Chih-Hsiang, Jong Chein-fu, Fang Shin-sing, Doe Tson-fu (Lin Tsin-tien 59'), Chang Kuo-chin, Lo Chin Tsong, Fu Po-tsun, Lee Fu-tsai, You Cheng-Kung (Chang Jen-lin 79)
Goal : Fang Shin-sing 29
1 - 2 Australia
Todd Clarke, Peter Stone, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, George Harris, Agenor Muniz, Gary Byrne, Jim Rooney, Attie Abonyi, Peter Ollerton (John Nyskohus), John Kosmina
Goals : Kosmina 35, Abonyi 58
Referee : G Vijit (Thailand)
Coaches : Lew Pak (Taiwan), Jimmy Shoulder (Australia)


Following Australias victories against Taiwan coach Jim Shoulder decided to give his underutilised squad players a run in a friendly against Fiji. The result was a poor one for Australia against a national side that was regarded as one of the minnows of world soccer, and did nothing for the morale of the Socceroos side. This was a friendly match.
Played : March 19 1977 Venue : Suva, Fiji
Fiji
(Lineup incomplete) Vula Wate (GK), Delana, Akriva, Tubuna, Monday, Jimi Okete
Goal : Okete 75
1 - 0 Australia
Allan Maher, Peter Stone, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Jim Tansey, Gary Marocchi, Gary Byrne, Dave Harding, John Kosmina, Murray Barnes, John Nyskohus
Referee : Bob Khan (Fiji)
Coach : Jim Shoulder (Australia)


The next World Cup opponents for the Socceroos were the old enemy New Zealand. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 27 1977 Venue : Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia
Australia
Todd Clarke, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Agenor Muniz (Dave Harding 67), Gary Byrne, Jimmy Rooney, Atti Abonyi, Peter Ollerton, John Kosmina
Goals : Ollerton 60, 85, Kosmina 72
3 - 1 New Zealand
Kevin Curtin, Anthony Sibley, John Houghton, Adrian Elrick, Ronald Armstrong, Brian Turner, Steve Sumner, David Taylor, Clive Campbell (Glen Dods 65), Keith Nelson, Kevin Weymouth (Ian Park 82)
Goal : Nelson 4
Referee : Cham Tam Sun (Hong Kong)
Coach : Jimmy Shoulder (Australia)


The return match three days later against New Zealand was played in Auckland. Australia needed only a draw to advance to the next stage whilst New Zealand needed only a single goal win to advance. The difference between the two sides was only two competition points while goal difference was in New Zealands favour. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : March 30 1977 Venue : Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
Kevin Curtin, Anthony Sibley, John Houghton, Adrian Elrick, Ronald Armstrong, Brian Turner, Steve Sumner, David Taylor, Glen Dods, Keith Nelson, Kevin Weymouth (Ian Park)
Goal : Nelson
1 - 1 Australia
Todd Clarke, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Dave Harding, Jimmy Rooney, Gary Byrne, John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton, Atti Abonyi
Goal : Ollerton 18
Attendance : 11,000
Referee : Cheung Kwok Kui (Hong Kong)
Coach : Jimmy Shoulder (Australia)


At the end of the First Round of the World Cup Qualifiers the table of the Oceania sub-group is as follows. Australia had now qualified for the next round to face other sub-group winners Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran and Kuwait, with the winner qualifying directly to the Argentinian World Cup Finals in 1978.
1977 Oceania sub-group Final Standings
TeamPWDL GFGAPts
Australia 4310 937
New Zealand4211 1445
Taiwan 4004 1170


The first opponent in this second round was Hong Kong. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : July 10 1977 Venue : Adelaide, Australia
Australia
Allan Maher, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Murray Barnes, Dave Harding, Jim Rooney, John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton, John Nyskohus
Goals : Kosmina 27, 84, Barnes 46
3 - 0 Hong Kong
Chu Kwok Kuen, Chain Fat Chi (Chung Chor Wai 65), Choi York Yee, Lai Sun Cheun, Chan Sai Kan, Tsan Ting Fai, Li Kwai Hung, Wu Twok Hung, Kwok Ka Ming, Cheung Ka Ping, Lau Wing Yip (Sze Kin Hai 45)
Referee : W Hungerbuehler (Switzerland)
Linesmen : B Della Bruno and A Faure (Switzerland)
Coaches : Jimmy Shoulder (Australia), Franz van Balkom (Hong Kong)


Australia's next opponent was Iran in Melbourne. The loss in this home leg was critical and left Australia behind the other sides in their group at such an early stage. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : August 14 1977 Venue : Olympic Park, Melbourne, Australia
Australia
Allan Maher, George Harris, Col Bennett, Peter Wilson, Harry Williams, Murray Barnes, Dave Harding, Jim Rooney, John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton, John Nyskohus (Peter Sharne 75)
0 - 1 Iran
Nasser Hejazi, Hassan Nazari, Hossein Kazerani, Nasrollah Abdollahi, Andranik Eskandarian, Hassan Nayeb Agha, Ali Parvin, Ibrahim Ghassempour (Habib Khabiri 80), Mohammed Sadeghi, Hassan Rowshan, Ghafour Jahani
Goal : Rowshan 68
Referee : Franz Wohrer (Austria)
Attendance : 17,000
Coaches : Jimmy Shoulder (Australia), Heshmat Mohajerani (Iran)


Australia took on South Korea in Sydney. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : August 28 1977 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Allan Maher, George Harris (Gary Byrne 62), Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Murray Barnes, Dave Harding, Jim Rooney, John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton, John Nyskohus (Atti Abonyi 62)
Goals : Kosmina 63, 75
2 - 1 South Korea
Byoun Ho Young (inj - Kim Whang Ho 66), Kim Ho Kon, Park Sung Wha, Cho Young Jeung, Kang Byung Chan, Huh Jung Moo, Choi Jong Duk (Kim Jin Kook), Cho Kwang Lae, Park Sang In, Cha Bum Keun, Kim Jae Han
Goal : Cha Bum Keun 23
Referee : Jan Keizer (Holland)
Attendance : 9,000
Coach : Jim Shoulder (Australia)


Again at home Australia played Kuwait. The home side was in utter disarray after this loss which left Australia in second last place on the table, with only Hong Kong behind them. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : October 16 1977 Venue : Sydney Sports Ground, Australia
Australia
Allan Maher, Col Curran, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Harry Williams, Murray Barnes, Dave Harding (Peter Stone), Jim Rooney, Adrian Alston, John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton (Atti Abonyi)
Goal : Rooney 40
1 - 2 Kuwait
Tarabulsi, Ahmed Hussein, Adnan Abdullah, Abdullah Jusuf, Sultan Jakob, Faruk Ibrahim (Saed Khalid 85), Saad Mohammad, Hamrad Khaled, Fati Kamil, Feisal Ali, Abdul Aziz Saud
Goals : Kamil 41pk, Aziz 49
Referee : Michel Vautrot (France)
Coach : Jim Shoulder (Australia), Mario Zagalo (Kuwait)


Australias next assignment was a full programme of away legs, the first in South Korea. This match was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : October 23 1977 Venue : Seoul, South Korea
South Korea
Kim Hee Cheon, Choi Jong Deok, Park Sung Wha, Choi Young Jeung (Kim Hee Tae 53), Kim Ho Kong, Huh Jung Moo, Park San In, Kim Kang Nam, Park Joung Whoon (Lee Young Moo 80), Kim Jae Han, Cha Bum Keun
0 - 0 Australia
Allan Maher, Col Curran, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, George Harris, Gary Byrne, Jim Rooney (Gary Marocchi), Peter Stone, John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton (Adrian Alston), Atti Abonyi
Referee : Ulf Eriksson (Sweden)
Attendance : 30,000
Coach : Jim Shoulder (Australia)


A week later Australia took on Hong Kong. This match was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : October 30 1977 Venue : Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Ma Pit Hung, Chan Sai Kau, Choi York Yee (Lai Sun Cheung 30'), Tsang Ting Fai, Li Kwai Hung (c), Kwok Ka Ming, Tang Hung Cheong, Wu Kwok Hung, Chung Chor Wai, Wun Chee Keung (Cheung Ka Ping 46'), Sze Kintlay
Goals : Tang Hung Cheong 66, Chung Chor Wai 80
2 - 5 Australia
Allan Maher, Col Curran (Gary Marocchi 75), Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, George Harris, Gary Byrne, Jim Rooney, Peter Stone, John Kosmina (John Nyskohus 75), Peter Ollerton, Atti Abonyi
Goals : Ollerton 18, 21, 27, Abonyi 59pk, Bennett 86
Referee : Alexis Ponnet (Belgium)
Attendance : 8,000
Coach : Jim Shoulder (Australia), Franz van Balkon (Hong Kong)


Two weeks later Australia was in Singapore playing a warmup match for the following two ties against Kuwait and Iran. This match was a friendly match.
Played : November 13 1977 Venue : Singapore
Singapore
(Lineup unavailable)
0 - 2 Australia
Allan Maher, Col Curran, David Jones, Col Bennett, George Harris, Gary Byrne, Jim Rooney, Peter Stone (Dave Harding), John Kosmina, Peter Ollerton (Adrian Alston), Atti Abonyi (John Nyskohus)
Goals : Ollerton, Abonyi
Coach : Jim Shoulder (Australia)


Australia then went over to the Middle East to play their final two ties against Kuwait and then Iran. Following the loss to Kuwait Australia were out of contention for a place in the World Cup finals. This match was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : November 19 1977 Venue : Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kuwait
(Lineup incomplete) Taraboulsi (GK), Fahti Kamil, Bo Abbas Badr, Faisal Al Dakheel
Goal : Faisal Al Dakheel 51
1 - 0 Australia
Allan Maher, Col Curran, David Jones, Col Bennett, George Harris, Gary Byrne, Jim Rooney, Peter Stone, John Kosmina (sent off 56), Peter Ollerton, Atti Abonyi (John Nyskohus)
Referee : Josef Bucek (Austria)
Attendance : 25,000
Coaches : Mario Zagalo (Kuwait), Jim Shoulder (Australia)


Australia bowed out of the 1978 World Cup with a 1-0 loss to Iran in Tehran. This was a World Cup Qualifying match.
Played : November 25 1977 Venue : Ayramehr Stadium, Tehran, Iran
Iran
Nasser Hejazi, Hassan Nazari, Hossein Kazerani, Nasrollah Abdollahi, Andranik Eskandarian, Hassan Nayeb Agha, Ali Parvin, Ibrahim Ghassempour, Mohammed Sadeghi, Ghafour Jahani, Mohammed Reza Adelkhani
Goal : Jahani 44
1 - 0 Australia
Allan Maher, Gary Byrne, Peter Wilson, Col Bennett, Col Curran, Gary Marocchi, Jim Rooney, Peter Stone, Adrian Alston, Peter Ollerton, Atti Abonyi (John Nyskohus)
Referee : Michel Kitabdjian (France)
Attendance : 100,000
Coaches : Heshmat Mohajerani (Iran), Jim Shoulder (Australia)