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Newcastle’s links to Socceroos celebrated in new Encyclopedia of every national team player

May 23rd, 2018

The definitive history of the Socceroos has been published, just weeks ahead of Australia taking part in its fourth successive World Cup tournament.

The Encyclopedia of Socceroos by Andrew Howe sheds light on the facts, figures and history of almost 600 men who have pulled on the green-and-gold for Australia as a ‘Socceroo’ will be launched at Broadmeadow Magic FC on Monday 28 May.

Almost 400 pages, running to 200,000 words, with 300 photos and diagrams, and weighing a little under 2kg, the first ever Encyclopedia of Socceroos is a labour of love from Howe, who is an Australian statistician and passionate football fan.

A population expert by day with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Howe has been both the unofficial and official statistician for Australian football for the past 25 years.

The Encyclopedia lists each of the 592 men who had played for Australia in official matches up to the end of 2017, giving facts and figures on their games, goals, their opponents, and biographical information.

There are also detailed tables showing who Australia has played, where games have taken place, the clubs that have had the most players, the captains, the coaches and the record holders.

The Hunter region was the original hotbed of the Socceroos, through the first half of the 20th century. Just over 100 players from Newcastle and surrounding areas have played for the Socceroos.

Newcastle Socceroos include Newcastle Jets’ assistant Clayton Zane, who scored to give Australia one of its most prestigious results ever – a 1-0 win against world champions and number one ranked France at the 2001 Confederations Cup.

Broadmeadow Magic FC was invited by the publisher, Fair Play Publishing, to be the host for the launch venue because of Newcastle’s strong historical connections to the Socceroos.

As well as the details on each player, the Encyclopedia of Socceroos features stories from longstanding journalist with The Australian, Ray Gatt, on each of Australia’s four World Cup captains to date – Peter Wilson (1974), Mark Viduka (2006), Lucas Neill (2010) and Mile Jedinak (2014). The Foreword is written by FOX Sports’ Andy Harper.

The Encyclopedia of Socceroos is published by Fair Play Publishing, a niche publisher of football books that tell Australian stories, and is available from good bookstores, Amazon and direct from the publisher.

For those wanting something more specific to the forthcoming World Cup, Howe and Fair Play Publishing have also combined to produce a World Cup Edition in digital format only, which profiles the Socceroos taking part in this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Howe will be launching the book on Monday 28 May from 5.30pm to 7 pm at Magic Park, Broadmeadow.  

Howe has been Australia’s premier football statistician since the 1990s. His stats, facts and historical analyses are relied upon by FFA, the PFA, FOX Sports and all media. He is the author of the annual media guide for the A-League; before that, the national soccer league; and is the ‘go-to’ man for official stats and data.

Media and the public are welcome to attend; please register here: https://www.fairplaypublishing.com.au/events-1

The Hunter has made a huge contribution to the national team over the past 100 years which the encyclopedia recognises. In Andrew’s database, he has categorised 104 ‘products’ from the Hunter region that have played for the Socceroos, plus another five from elsewhere in NNSW. See below for the list.

Player Socceroo appearances Years
Cliff Almond 17 (3 A appearances) 1953–1958
George Arthur 3 (3 A appearances) 1956
Ray Atkinson 1 (0 A appearances) 1957
Bob Austin 1 (1 A appearance) 1923
Ron Giles 59 (48 A appearances) 1967–1974
Lawson Bailey 2 (0 A appearances) 1923–1927
Vic Barnett 1 (0 A appearances) 1941
Brett Beves 1 (0 A appearances) 1981
Ken Boden 25 (13 A appearances) 1979–1981
Dave Bone 1 (1 A appearance) 1954
Les Brown 1 (0 A appearances) 1925
Les Burnett 1 (0 A appearances) 1941
Alec Cameron 46 (6 A appearances) 1927–1936
Harold Coates 13 (0 A appearances) 1928
Norman Conquest 23 (11 A appearances) 1947–1951
Bill Coolahan 12 (3 A appearances) 1937–1941
Frank Coolahan 21 (0 A appearances) 1927–1928
Dave Coote 5 (2 A appearances) 1947–1949
Clarrie Coutts 2 (0 A appearances) 1927
Albert Creighton 3 (0 A appearances) 1923
Colin Curran 35 (22 A appearances) 1970–1979
Jim Cuthbert 1 (0 A appearances) 1941
Reg Date 12 (5 A appearances) 1941–1953
Peter Doyle 12 (4 A appearances) 1922–1923
Jack Drinkwater 1 (0 A appearances) 1927
Jackie Drinkwater 2 (0 A appearances) 1957
Clarence Edgington 1 (0 A appearances) 1933
Jack Evans 40 (11 A appearances) 1933–1941
William Forrester 1 (0 A appearances) 1933
Jack Foster 2 (0 A appearances) 1959
Ron Giles 3 (3 A appearances) 1965–1967
Jack Gilmour 3 (2 A appearances) 1923–1924
Keith Grant 2 (0 A appearances) 1959
Troy Halpin 6 (6 A appearances) 1998
Max Hamilton 1 (0 A appearances) 1959
Jim Harden 10 (3 A appearances) 1936
Arch Harris 19 (0 A appearances) 1925–1928
Tom Harris 3 (0 A appearances) 1937–1939
Alec Heaney 6 (4 A appearances) 1947–1951
Lou Hearne 5 (3 A appearances) 1953–1954
Andy Henderson 4 (2 A appearances) 1923–1924
Alf Henwood 4 (2 A appearances) 1933–1939
Eddie Hodge 4 (0 A appearances) 1927
Jock Hodge 14 (4 A appearances) 1948–1951
Jack Hughes 20 (6 A appearances) 1933–1941
Ron Hughes 19 (8 A appearances) 1947–1949
Graham Jennings 78 (44 A appearances) 1983–1989
Allan Johns 36 (10 A appearances) 1948–1955
Richard Johnson 3 (1 A appearance) 1999–2000
Ernest Kemp 5 (3 A appearances) 1947–1951
Kevin Lake 1 (0 A appearances) 1951
Arch Lambert 2 (1 A appearance) 1924–1925
Jack Lennard 17 (6 A appearances) 1953–1959
Percy Lennard 13 (3 A appearances) 1923–1925
Ron Giles 7 (5 A appearances) 1967–1969
William Lonergan 3 (0 A appearances) 1941
David Lowe 4 (3 A appearances) 1986–1991
Bill Mahoney 10 (1 A appearance) 1950–1957
Jack Mannion 1 (0 A appearances) 1927
Aub Mascord 1 (1 A appearance) 1938
Bill Maunder 18 (9 A appearances) 1922–1925
Henry Maunder 1 (1 A appearance) 1924
Jim McCroarey 1 (0 A appearances) 1925
Jimmy McNabb 29 (10 A appearances) 1933–1939
Roy McNaughton 11 (2 A appearances) 1924–1927
Robert Middleby 5 (5 A appearances) 2002
Bill Morgan 9 (1 A appearance) 1933–1941
Bruce Morrow 25 (5 A appearances) 1956–1967
Jack Hughes 10 (0 A appearances) 1931
Gordon Muncaster 2 (0 A appearances) 1941
Cyril Nichols 8 (2 A appearances) 1950
Sam North 1 (0 A appearances) 1951
Jack O`Brien 4 (0 A appearances) 1927–1933
Jackie O`Brien 1 (0 A appearances) 1957
Kevin O`Neill 57 (12 A appearances) 1949–1959
Tommy Oliver 8 (4 A appearances) 1923–1924
Jimmy Osborne 24 (7 A appearances) 1933–1941
William Owen 4 (3 A appearances) 1923–1927
Bill Paddock 1 (1 A appearance) 1955
Hedley Parkes 5 (0 A appearances) 1949–1951
Jock Parkes 12 (6 A appearances) 1933–1939
Frank Parsons 26 (7 A appearances) 1948–1951
Phil Peters 1 (1 A appearance) 1955
John Pettigrew 11 (4 A appearances) 1955–1959
Albert Phillips 3 (0 A appearances) 1923–1925
Billy Rorke 4 (1 A appearance) 1965
George Roe 2 (1 A appearance) 1923–1924
Billy Rorke 9 (8 A appearances) 1965–1967
Gavin Russell 6 (0 A appearances) 1931
Joe Senkalski 2 (2 A appearances) 1978–1980
Nick Sokoloff 1 (0 A appearances) 1959
Marshall Soper 29 (5 A appearances) 1983–1986
Darren Stewart 4 (3 A appearances) 1992
Peter Stone 16 (11 A appearances) 1976–1978
Jack Taylor 1 (1 A appearance) 1933
Aub Teece 1 (0 A appearances) 1937
Bryan Turner 1 (1 A appearance) 1971
Jack Wallace 4 (0 A appearances) 1941–1947
Doug Wendt 5 (1 A appearance) 1953–1955
Harold Whitelaw 2 (1 A appearance) 1937–1938
Jack Whitelaw 1 (0 A appearances) 1939
Jim Wilkinson 27 (7 A appearances) 1933–1941
Cecil Williams 3 (2 A appearances) 1924
Clayton Zane 16 (14 A appearances) 1999–2001
Other NNSW
Craig Foster 29 (29 A appearances) 1996–2000
Terry Greedy 36 (16 A appearances) 1983–1985
Jade North 41 (41 A appearances) 2002–2013
Howard Tredinnick 2 (1 A appearance) 1981
Peter Tredinnick 6 (3 A appearances) 1979–1983

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