- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 01 October 2012
Photo: The front cover of the match program, which sold for one shilling
As far as I know, local football identity George Arnott is the only surviving member of the Tasmanian team that played China at North Hobart on Wednesday, 26 August, 1953.
I knew Alistair Rattray, the left-half, and goalkeeper Harry Wise, who have both passed away, but I don’t know about any others in that Tassie side.
Photo: George Arnott (right) with his son, Ian, at a junior tournament at the Showgrounds on 2 September 2012
The Chinese were touring Australia and Tasmania was part of that tour.
China had beaten Australia 4-1 and 7-1 and drawn 3-3 and were due to play Victoria just before the Tasmanian leg of the tour.
China beat Tasmania 6-4 and Arnott, who was 18 years old at the time, netted two goals, the others coming from Alexander and Mooney.
Photo: Match program
The attendance at North Hobart was just over 2,000 and the Governor of Tasmania was present.
Rattray was Tasmania’s best player in what was a highly entertaining and skilful game.
The Chinese opened the scoring, but Arnott equalised.
China led 4-2 at the interval.
Photo: The welcome to China in the match program
The match report in The Mercury, which included an action photo, was written under the pseudonym of ‘Referee’.
I am indebted to Rex Calvert for providing me with the match program.
Photo: A page from the match program
Photo: Pen pictures of the China players
Photo: More pen pictures of the Chinese players
Photo: And some more pen pictures of the visitors
Photo: The match day program had a page for the uninitiated
Photo: Pictures of some of the China players and an interesting list of names from the youth curtain-raiser
Photo: The line-ups for the match
Photo: Pen pictures of the Tasmanian players
Photo: Another page from the detailed match program
Photo: Some of the Victorian league tables of the time
Photo: And the Tasmania ladders of the day