Socceroo 1982 Matches

Socceroo Internationals for 1982

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.


Australia was invited to participate in the inaugural Merlion Cup in Singapore in October 1982. Drawn in Group B with Indonesia and Thailand, their campaign began with a match against the Thai national side. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 10 1982 Venue : National Stadium, Singapore
Thailand
Suriyar Boonlert, (Lineup incomplete)
0 - 4 Australia
Martyn Crook, Alan Davidson, David Ratcliffe, Tony Henderson, Alan Niven, Peter Katholos, Gary Byrne, Peter Raskopoulos, Phil O'Connor, Gary Cole (Charlie Egan 78'), John Kosmina
Goals : Phil O'Connor, Gary Cole, John Kosmina x2
Referee : N Chandra (Singapore)
Attendance : 3,000
Coach : Les Scheinflug (Australia)


The second game in Group B was against Indonesia. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 13 1982 Venue : Singapore
Indonesia
(Lineup unavailable)
0 - 2 Australia
Martyn Crook, Alan Davidson, Steve Blair, Tony Henderson, Alan Niven, George Christopoulos, Gary Byrne, Peter Raskopoulos (Peter Katholos 64'), David Mitchell, John Kosmina, Charlie Egan (Phil O'Connor 64')
Goals : Mitchell 73' 77'
Referee : Lee Kok Leong (Singapore)
Attendance
5,000
Coach : Les Scheinflug (Australia)


Australia had qualified for the semi-finals by winning Group B and were drawn against Malaysia. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 15 1982 Venue : National Stadium, Singapore
Malaysia
(Lineup incomplete) R Arumugham (Ong Yu Tiang 46'), Wong Hong Nang, Zainal Abidin, Serbegeth Singh, Naser Yusof, Napoleon Rozario
0 - 5 Australia
Martyn Crook, Alan Davidson, Steve Blair, Tony Henderson, Alan Niven, Peter Katholos, Gary Byrne, George Christopoulos, Phil O'Connor (Gary Cole 68'), John Kosmina, David Mitchell
Goals : Katholos 19' 37' Kosmina 56' O'Connor 64' Cole ?'
Attendance : 12,000
Coaches : M Chandran (Malaysia), Les Scheinflug (Australia)


After beating Malaysia convincingly in the semi-final, Australia faced the South Korean side in the final. Played in front of a very parochial crowd, Australia managed to hold out and win the inaugural Merlion Cup. This was a friendly match.
Played : October 17 1982 Venue : National Stadium, Singapore
South Korea
(Lineup incomplete) Oh Suk Jae, Park Chiang Seun
Goals : Oh Suk Jae 59' Park Chang Seun 83'
2 - 3 Australia
Martyn Crook, Alan Davidson, Steve Blair, Tony Henderson, Alan Niven, Peter Katholos, Gary Byrne, George Christopoulos, Phil O'Connor, John Kosmina, David Mitchell
Goals : O'Connor 17' Mitchell 34' Christopoulos 61'
Referee : N Chandra (Singapore)
Attendance : 25,000
Coach : Les Scheinflug (Australia)