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THE ROAD TO THE 1974 WORLD CUP

1973 was the year that Australia would be facing World Cup eliminators, so the Australian Soccer Federation arranged for the Bulgarian national side to tour for three games as a warm-up for these matches. The Bulgarians were the first European national team in Australia since 1969 and provided the Australians with high class opposition from which coach Rasic would be able to build up his team. The first game was played midweek in Sydney but still drew a large crowd to the Sports Ground.

Australia 2 - Bulgaria 2 - Feb 14, 1973 @ Sydney Sports Ground

Australia : Ron Corry, George Harris, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Adrian Alston, (Ernie Campbell), Max Tolson, Branko Buljevic
Goals : Buljevic 56, Tolson 72pk

Bulgaria : Rumen Goranov, Ilia Tchalev, Alexander Shalamanov, Vasselin Eugeniev, Dobromir Jetchev, Jeko Jelev, Georgi Vassilev, Dinko Dermendjiev, Atanos Mikhailov, Dimitar Yakimov (Yordan Stoikov 67'), Ivan Pritargov (Stefan Bogomilov 74')
Goals : Vassilev 31' Michailov 44'

Australia 1 - Bulgaria 3 - Feb 16, 1973 @ Hindmarsh Stadium

Australia : Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, John Warren, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Max Tolson, Ernie Campbell (Adrian Alston), Branko Buljevic (Atti Abonyi)
Goal : Baartz 29

Bulgaria : Rumen Goranov, Ilia Tchlev, Alexander Shalamanov, Yordan Stoikov, Dimitrov, Kevork Tahmisian (Vasselin Evjeniev 70'), Tador Barzov (Dinko Dermendjiev), Jordanov, Georgi Vassilev, Ivan Pritargov (Atanos Mikhailov), Stefan Bogomilov
Goals : Bogomilov 22, Pritargov 27, Michailev 81

Australia 0 - Bulgaria 2- Feb 18, 1973 @ Olympic Park, Melbourne

Australia : Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Jim Rooney, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Ernie Campbell, Max Tolson, Branko Buljevic

Bulgaria : Rumen Goranov (Ignat Mladenov 86), Ilia Tchalev, Alexander Shalamanov, Vasselin Evjeniev, Dobromir Jetchev (Yordan Stoikov), Jeko Jelev, Georgi Vassilev (Todor Barzov 79), Dinko Dermendjev, Atanos Mikhailov (Stefan Bogomilov 60), Dimitar Yakimov (Kevork Tahmisian 67), Ivan Pritargov
Goals : Pritargov 22, Dermentgiev 57

New Zealand 1 - Australia 1 March 4, 1973 @ Newmarket Ground, Auckland

The first round of the 1974 World Cup elimination series was played in Australia and New Zealand. The competing sides were Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Iraq. Matches were played over a two leg basis with the winner of the series to go onto play the winner of Asian sub group B2. The first game of the series was played in Auckland against New Zealand. After Australias victory against New Zealand in Djakarta five months ago, many supporters were expecting big things from the Australian outfit in the first match.

New Zealand : Kevin Curtin, Maurice Tillotson, Colin Latimour, John Staines, Ron Armstrong, Brian Turner, Alan Vest, Dennis Tindall (Brian Armstrong 77), David Taylor, Alan Marley (Geoff Brand 85), Malcolm Bland
Goal : Turner 57

Australia : Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, John Warren (Atti Abonyi 77), Ray Baartz, Adrian Alston, Max Tolson (Ernie Campbell 67), Branko Buljevic
Goal : Campbell 85

Australia 3 - Iraq 1 - March 11, 1973 @ Sydney Sports Ground

The second match was played against Iraq back in Sydney. Rasic made a couple of changes prefering Mackay to Warren and Rooney to Tolson. Australia went into the match as underdogs but played outstanding football to down the tournament favourites in convincing fashion.

Australia : Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Adrian Alston, Ray Baartz, Branko Buljevic (Ernie Campbell 23)
Goals : Richards 49, Alston 80, 85

Iraq : Jalal Abdul Rahman, Mijbil Fartus, Abid Kadum, Douglas Aziz, Sahab Kasal, Shidrik Yousif, Riad Nuri, Amu Yousif (Bashar Rashid 78), Sabah Hattem (Rasak Ahmed 67), Salah Ubid, Ali Kadum
Goal : Nuri 90

Australia 2 - Indonesia 1 - March 13, 1973 @ Sydney Sports Ground

The third match for the Australians was against Indonesia in Sydney only two days after their magnificent display against Iraq. This time there was no great football and the Australians gave the crowd little to cheer about. The see-sawing form of the side was a mystery but the Australians did manage to beat the Indonesians 2-1 and continue their unbeaten run in the series.

Australia : Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney (Branko Buljevic 55), Adrian Alston, Ray Baartz, Ernie Campbell (Atti Abonyi 76)
Goals : Campbell 22, Alston 42

Indonesia : Ronny Pasla, Juswardi, Sunarto, Anwar Udjang, Widodo, Suaeb Rizal, Ronny Pattinasarany, Sarman Panggabean (Waskito 80), Iswadi (Asmara 79), Jacob Sihasale, Abdul Kadir
Goal : Iswadi 36

Australia 3 - New Zealand 3 - March 16, 1973 @ Sydney Sports Ground

The next match for Australia was the retur leg against New Zealand. After their poor showing in Auckland the Socceroos were expected to wipe out the Kiwis, but once out on the paddock all this came to zero. Although Australia led 3-1 at one stage they let their opponents back into the match with some bad errors. At the same time the Iraqis were held to a draw against Indonesia which left Australia still leading the series.

Australia : Ron Corry, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Adrian Alston, Ray Baartz, Branko Buljevic
Goals : Utjesenovic 11, Baartz 19, Buljevic 26

New Zealand : Kevin Curtin, Maurice Tillotson, Colin Latimour, John Staines, Ron Armstrong, Brian Turner, Tommy Randles, Dennis Tindall, Alan Vest, David Taylor (Max Davies 75), Brian Hardman (Tony Sibley 46)
Goals : Vest 10, Tindall 50, Hogg 86og

Australia 0 - Iraq 0 - March 18, 1973 @ Olympic Park, Melbourne

The return match against the Iraqis was billed as the series decider. Australia knew that if they could draw the game and beat the Indonesians in the last match they would be home while the Iraqis knew that they had to win to keep in contention. The Australians played a little nervously at the start but settled down to completely shut out the Iraqis with some rock solid defense.

Australia : Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Ray Richards, Adrian Alston, Max Tolson (Jim Rooney 65), Branko Buljevic (Atti Abonyi 77)

Iraq : Sattar Khalef, Mijbil Fartus, Abid Kadum, Abdul Hamid, Raheem Karim, Douglas Aziz, Riad Nuri (Shidrak Yousef 87), Bashir Rashid, Abdul Razak Ahmed, Sabah Hattem (Ali Kadum 62), Salah Ubid

Australia 6 - Indonesia 0 - March 24, 1973 @ Sydney Sports Ground

In the final game the pressure was on the Australians. Iraq had beaten New Zealand and was now one point ahead of Australia with a slightly better goal difference. Australia turned on the style to rout the Indonesians, and set up a final against Asian Sub Group B winners, Iran.

Australia : Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Bobby Hogg, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz, Ray Richards, Atti Abonyi, Adrian Alston, Branko Buljevic (Max Tolson 10)
Goals : Mackay 3, 40, Abonyi 23, 54, Richards 72, Baartz 78

Indonesia : Ronny Pasla (Judo Hadianto 24), Sunarto, Anwar Udjang, Rachman Halim, Widodo (Hanhara 46), Andjas Asmara, Suaeb Rizal, Sarman Panggabean, Waskito, Jacob Siharsale, Max Timisela

Australia 3 - Iran 0 - August 18, 1973 @ Sydney Sports Ground

Australia was to now meet the Asian Sub Group B final winner Iran. The first of the two legs was played in Sydney before a capacity crowd at the Sydney Sports Ground. Australia was without stopper Manfred Scahafer who was recovering from an operation while Iran were without star striker Ali Parvin after a mishap during a practise match in New Zealand. This match was a World Cup Qualifying match

Australia : Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, John Watkiss, Col Curran, John Warren, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Adrian Alston (Bill Vojtek 76)
Goals : Alston 43, Abonyi 46, Wilson 85

Iran : Nasser Mejazi, Mehdi Monajati, Gholamhossen Mazloumi, Ebrahim Ashtiani, Jafar Kashani, Akbar Kargarjm, Reza Adelkhani, Javad Ghorab, Parviz Ghelichkhani, Esmail Hajrahimipur (Safar Iranpak 23 (Mohammed Sadeghi 46)), Mehdi Lavasani

Iran 2 - Australia 0 - August 24, 1973 @ Aryamehr Stadium, Tehran

The return leg was played in a heatwave at high altitude and in front of a crowd of screaming Iranian fans. The Australians got no respite for the return leg but saved the game after falling 2-0 behind after 31 minutes.

Iran : Rashidi, Ebrahim Ashtiani, Jafar Kashani, Akbar Kargajam, Parviz Ghelichkhani, Parvin, Haghverdian (Javad Ghorab 76), Gholamhossen Mazloumi, Mohammad Sadeghi, Reza Adelkhani (Sharafi 65)
Goals : Ghelichkhani 14pk, 31

Australia : Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, John Watkiss, Col Curran, Ray Richards, John Warren (Jim Rooney 71), Jim Mackay, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Adrian Alston (Max Tolson 46)

1st leg - Australia 0 - South Korea 0 - October 28, 1973 @ Sydney Sports Ground

Australia had now qualified to meet South Korea for the Oceania/Asia spot in the 1974 World Cup finals in West Germany. This would be decided by playing a two leg home and away series. The first leg was played in Australia at the Sydney Sports Ground in front of a capacity 32,005 fans.

Australia : Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenevic, Peter Wilson, John Watkiss, Col Curran, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, John Warren (Ernie Campbell 75), Ray Baartz, Atti Abonyi, Adrian Alston (Max Tolson 60)

South Korea : Byun Ho Yung, Kim Ho Kon, Yoo Kee Heung, Kang Kee Wook, Park Yung Tae, Cha Bum Keun, Ko Jae Wook, Park Byung Chul, Park Ee Chun (Kang Tae Hyun 65), Kim Jae Han, Chung Kyu Poong

2nd leg - Sth Korea 2 - Australia 2 - Nov 11, 1973 @ Municipal Stadium, Seoul

South Korea : Byun Ho Yung, Kim Ho Kon, Yoo Kee Heung, Kang Ka Wook, Park Yung Tae, Cha Bum Keun, Ko Jae Wook, Park Byung Chul, Park Ee Chun, Kim Jae Han, Chung Kyu Poong
Goals : Kim Jae Han 15, Ko Jae Wook 30

Australia : Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards (Adrian Alston 76), Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Atti Abonyi, Ray Baartz, Branko Buljevic
Goals : Buljevic 31, Baartz 47

Playoff - Australia 1 - Sth Korea 0 - Nov 13, 1973 @ Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

After the first two games ended in a draw a third match was scheduled to find a winner. The neutral ground of Hong Kong was chosen and it was here that in the 70th minute the midfielder Jimmy Mackay immortalised himself in Australian soccer history when he hit the winner that saw Australia to victory and a place in its first World Cup finals.

Australia : Jim Fraser, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards, Jim Mackay, Jim Rooney, Atti Abonyi (Adrian Alston 56), Ray Baartz, Branko Buljevic
Goal : Mackay 70

South Korea : Lee Sae Yun, Kim Ho Kon, Yoo Kae Heung, Kang Kee Wook (Park Ee Chun 80), Park Yung Tae, Cha Bum Keun, Ko Jae Wook, Park Byung Chul, Kim Jin Kook (Chung Kyu Poong 59), Kim Jae Han, Kang Tae Hyun

Australia 0 - Uruguay 0 - April 25 @ Olympic Park, Melbourne

1974 was the year that Australia were making their debut in the World Cup finals in West Germany. As part of the sides preparations the Australian Soccer Federation organised the Uruguayan national side to play two matches in Melbourne and Sydney. The Uruguayan side had also qualified for the finals and under new coach Roberto Porta were also looking for some hard competition before the finals.

The second match in Sydney was a hard game and is remembered as the day that Australian striker Ray Baartz was felled by a karate chop from Uruguayan defender Luis Garisto. Garisto was sent off for the incident and was reported to FIFA for "violent conduct". Ray Baartz on the other hand was declared medically unfit to play and missed the World Cup finals in West Germany though he did travel with the team.

Australia : Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Jim Mackay, Ray Richards, Jim Rooney, Ray Baartz, Gary Manuel (Peter Ollerton 62), Branko Buljevic

Uruguay : Hector Santos, Mario Gonzalez, Walter Olivera (Gustavo De Simone 46), Juan Masnik, Mario Zoryez, Julio Jimenez, Denis Milar (Walter Mantegazza), Alberto Cardaccio, Juan Ramon Silva, Fernando Morena, Ruben Corbo

Australia 2 - Uruguay 0 - April 27th @ Sydney, Australia

Australia : Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Ray Richards, Col Curran, Jim Rooney, Dave Harding, Jim Mackay, Ray Baartz (Adrian Alston 76), Atti Abonyi, Peter Ollerton

Goals : Baartz 59, Ollerton 84

Uruguay : Gustavo Fernandez, Mario Gonzalez, Gustavo De Simone, Luis Garisto (sent off 76), Mario Zoryez (Walter Olivera 88), Julio Jimenez, Walter Mantegazza, Alberto Cardaccio, Jose Gomez, Fernando Morena, Ruben Corbo

Indonesia 1 - Australia 2 - May 21st @ Senayan Stadium, Jakarta

The Australian team left for the World Cup finals in West Germany with a squad of 22 players. On the way over to West Germany the Socceroos stopped off in Jakarta and Tel Aviv to play two friendlies as warm-up games. The first in Jakarta was against the Indonesian national side. This was a friendly match.

Indonesia : Ronny Pasla, Harharha, Bahalwan, Subordro, Oyong, Liza, Batjo, Achmad, Waskito, Patinasarany, Risdianto (Andi Lala 85), Andjas Asmara (Djunsid Abdullah 80), Abdul Kadir
Goal : Waskito 89

Australia : Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards (John Warren 46), Jim Rooney (Harry Williams 72), Jim Mackay, Adrian Alston (Gary Manuel 60), Peter Ollerton, Branko Buljevic (Atti Abonyi 46)
Goals : Wilson 77, Curran 80

Israel 2 - Australia 1 - May 28th @ Bloomfield Stadium, Jaffa

The Australian team then flew to Tel Aviv where they played another friendly against the Israeli national team. A second match was scheduled a few days later but was called off after a vandal sprayed broken glass all over the ground.

Israel : Yosef Sorinov, Israel Hadjaj, Yeshaayahu Schwager, Zvi Rozen, Menachem Bello, Eli Leventhal, Itzhak Shum, Yeoshua Feygenbaum, Gideon Damti (Oded Machnes 80), Viki Peretz, Yoel Masuari
Goals : Faigenboim 58, 88

Australia : Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Harry Williams, Ray Richards, Jim Rooney, Jim Mackay, Adrian Alston, Peter Ollerton (Gary Manuel 80), Branko Buljevic (Atti Abonyi 88)
Goal : Mackay 89

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1974 WORLD CUP

East Germany 2 - Australia 0 - June 14th @ Hamburg

Australia : Reilly, Utjesenovic, Curran, Wilson, Schaefer, Richards, Rooney, Mackay, Alston, Buljevic

East Germany : Croy, Bransch, Weise, Pommerenke, Loewe (Hoffman), Streich, Waetzlich, Sparwasser, Vogel, Kische, Irmsher

Goals : Curran (og 58th), Streich 72nd

West Germany 3 - Australia 0 - June 18th @ Hamburg

Australia : Reilly, Utjesenovic, Wilson, Schaefer, Curran, Richards, Rooney, Campbell (Abonyi), Mackay, Alston, Buljevic (Ollerton)

West Germany : Maier, Vogts, Brietner, Schwarzenbeck, Beckenbauer, Cullman (Wimmer), Grabowski, Heynckes (Hoelzenbein), Overath, Mueller, Hoeness

Goals : Overath 12th, Cullman 34th, Mueller 53rd

Australia 0 Vs Chile 0 - June 22nd @ West Berlin

Australia : Reilly, Utjesenovic, Wilson, Schaefer, Curran (Williams), Richards (sent off 83rd), Rooney, Abonyi, Mackay, Alston (Ollerton), Buljevic

Chile : Vallejos, Garcia, Quintano, Arias, Figueroa, Caszely, Valdes (Farias), Ahumada, Reinoso, Veliz (Yavar), Paez

The 1974 World Cup Squad

1. Jack Reilly - Hakoah Melbourne
2. Doug Utjesenovic - St George Budapest
3. Peter Wilson - Safeway United
4. Manfred Schaefer - St George Budapest
5. Col Curran - Western Suburbs
6. Ray Richards - Marconi
7. James Rooney - APIA Leichardt
8. James Mackay - Hakoah Sydney
9. John Warren - St George Budapest
10. Gary Manuel - Pan Hellenic
11. Attila Abonyi - St George Budapest
12. Adrian Alston - Safeway United
13. Peter Ollerton - APIA Leichardt
14. Max Tolson - Safeway United
15. Harry Williams - St George Budapest
16. Ivo Rudic - Pan Hellenic
17. David Harding - Pan Hellenic
18. John Watkiss - Hakoah Sydney
19. Ernie Campbell - Marconi
20. Branko Buljevic - Melbourne JUST
21. James Milisavljevic - Melbourne JUST
22. Allan Maher - Sutherland Shire
 

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