Socceroo 1979 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1979

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

West German Rudi Gutendorf was appointed national coach in 1979 and set about making his mark on the national team. Unfortunately his first match was an uphappy one where the loss to New Zealand was the first loss to the Kiwis for 25 years. This was a friendly match.
Played : June 13, 1979 Venue : Newmarket Park, Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
Richard Wilson, Tony Sibley (c), Sam Malcolmson, Bobby Almond, Adrian Elrick, Duncan Cole, Steve Sumner, Brian Turner, Duncan Ormond (Alf Stamp 80), Keith Nelson, John Verweij
Goal : Ormond 58
1 - 0 Australia
Greg Woodhouse, Col Curran, Peter Wilson (c), Steve O'Connor (John O'Shea 65), Paul Degney, Joe Watson, Tony Henderson (John Kosmina 46), Gary Byrne (Agenor Muniz 60), Mark Jankovics, Peter Sharne, Eddie Krncevic
Referee : Tom Delahunty
Attendance : 4,000
Coach : Rudi Gutendorf (Australia), John Adshead (New Zealand)

The Australian national side embarked on a tour of Asia at the end of 1979. Playing a number of matches against Chinese sides, the only full A international played on the tour was against Taiwan in Taipei. This was a friendly match.
Played : November 27, 1979 Venue : Taipei, Taiwan
Chan Jung Sun, Yung Fu Sun, Chen Chin, Sue Tse Tsun, Sue Hing Hong (Wu Chiao Sing 78), Jung Kim Moo, Chen Chung Foo, Cho Chung Foo, Lo Tse Chung (Fong Yung Long 80), Chong Ko Che, To Tung Chen
0 - 2 Australia
Greg Woodhouse (Martyn Crook 78), Steve Perry, Ivo Prskalo, Arno Bertogna (Kevin Mullen 78), Peter Sharne, Jim Tansey (Mark Jankovics 75), Tony Henderson (Gary Cole 46), Jim Rooney (John Coyne 82), Ken Boden, Eddie Krncevic, Tommy Cumming
Goals : Cumming 43, Cole 74
Attendance : 2,000
Coach : Rudi Gutendorf (Australia)