Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th 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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Robin Gray and Liam Monagle 1983 - Copy

Photo:  Liam Monagle (centre) being presented with the 1983 Rothman Gold Medal by Tasmanian Premier Robin Gray (left) and the State Manager of Rothmans [PlessPix]

Liam Monagle, the Irish footballer who won the prestigious Tasmanian Rothmans Gold Medal twice - in 1983 and 1987 -  has passed away in Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal, Ireland, aged 62.

Monagle came to Tasmania in 1982 to teach at St Patrick’s College in Launceston and played State League football for Ulverstone, George Town and Launceston Juventus.

Launceston Juventus at KGV

Photo:  Launceston Juventus at KGV Park in the 1980s.  Monagle is second from the right in the front row. [PlessPix]

He won the best-and-fairest award for Launceston Juventus (now Launceston City) in 1989.

Monagle taught English and Humanities at St Patrick’s from 1982 until 2000, when he returned to his native Ireland.

He was an experienced defender and a tough but fair player, while off the field he was an absolute gentleman.

He also represented Northern Tasmania in the intrastate representative series against the North-West and the South.

Otto Klaus with Northern Tasmania

Photo:  Liam Monagle (fourth from left in back row) in the Northern Tasmanian representative team of the 1980s.  Otto Klaus, the coach, is second from the left in the back row.  Peter Sawdon, who has just been appointed coach if Launceston City for the 2019 season, is third from the right in the front row. [PlessPix]

After returning to Ireland, Monagle taught at the Carndonagh Community School and coached the football team to an All-Ireland title.

He was also a Carndonagh FC stalwart and the club honoured his memory by observing a minute’s silence before their reserves and first-team’s games following his passing on 15 September, 2018.

Minute silence for Liam Monagle - Copy

Photo:  St Patrick's (right) and Guilford Young (left) teams observe a minute's silence in memory of Liam Monagle before today's SATIS State Final [PlessPix]

Today’s SATIS State Final between St Patrick’s College and Guilford Young College at the Guilford Young College campus in Glenorchy was preceded by a minute’s silence.

St Patrick’s had won last year’s title, but relinquished the trophy today when they lost 2-1 to Guilford Young [match reports and photos in another story soon].

Monagle is survived by his wife, Catherine.

Liam Monagle wins Rothmans Gold Medal 1983

Photo:  Liam Monagle (third from right) with his Rothmans Gold Medal in 1983.  He is surrounded by previous winners (L-R) Danny Spendiff, the late Brian Davidson, Larry Nunn, John Kirkpatrick (the inaugural winner of the Medal) and Brian McKay. [PlessPix]

Robin Gray and Liam Monagle 1983 Rothmans Gold Medal winner

Photo:  Tasmanian Premier Robin Gray (left) presents Liam Monagle (centre) with the 1983 Rothmans Gold Medal as Tasmania's best-and-fairest footballer [PlessPix]


+4 #3 drew port exile 2018-09-27 22:03
sad to hear, was just a perfect fit for all the clubs he played for.

sad the demise of that club georgetown, they had many good sides, liam was part of its culture.
+2 #2 Adam Whitemore 2018-09-27 11:18
A brilliant player, technical stylish, intelligent, and a really really lovely man. Took a great freekick.

He'd turn up to preseason at George Town every year with a pot belly from his Irish holiday, which Sawdon would then run off him in a week!

Very sad news. RIP Liam
+5 #1 Red Star Belgrade 2018-09-26 07:19
Very sad to hear.

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