Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo:  A page from the match program

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Photo:  Pen pictures of the China players

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Photo:  More pen pictures of the Chinese players

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Photo:  And some more pen pictures of the visitors

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Photo:  The match day program had a page for the uninitiated

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Photo:  Pictures of some of the China players and an interesting list of names from the youth curtain-raiser

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Photo:  The line-ups for the match

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Photo:  Pen pictures of the Tasmanian players

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Photo:  Another page from the detailed match program

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Photo:  Some of the Victorian league tables of the time

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Photo:  And the Tasmania ladders of the day


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0 #4 Ian Syson 2012-10-07 22:42
More Mercury coverage:

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27160254

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27165795

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27180304
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0 #3 Ian Syson 2012-10-07 22:34
And how did the Australian Rules community respond? Here's how! This is from The Mercury Friday 16 October 1953 p 6

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27188666

PERTINENT QUESTION ON FOOTBALL GROUND RENT

SINCE the Sandy Bay Football Club was charged more than ?17 rent for a social game against a visiting Victorian amateur team on September 26, it would be interesting to know how much the Hobart City Council charged for the rental of the same ground for the Tasmania v. Chinese soccer match.

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"In view of the rent we were charged, we would like to know - and I'm sure the public would, too-how much the City Council charged the soccer authorities for the Tasmania v. Chinese match a few weeks earlier."
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+1 #2 Anonymous 2012-10-01 08:33
gotta love the old 235 formation. IF FFA want an attacking formation why not reintroduce that?
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+3 #1 Brian 2012-10-01 04:48
I recall some of the Tasmanian team . I played against Acquaroff ( Metro ) and Rattray , Arnott , Alexander ( Caledonians ) . I think Mooney was frm the N W Coast . Smith was with Sandy Bay than went to Calies.

I don't recall going to the game .
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