In 1949, the famous Yugoslav side Hajduk Split, toured Australia to play a series of matches against the Australian national team and an Australian XI. Hajduk's squad included such greats as goalkeeper Vladimir Beara, left-winger Bernard "Bajdo" Vukas and forward Frane Matošić.
The tour was oddly billed as a visit by Yugoslavia. However, the team did not include players outside of the Hajduk squad.
Hajduk defeated Australia 3-2 in the first match at the Sydney Showground then 3-0 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Other matches in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney also ended in defeat. On 3 September, Australia played Hajduk in Newcastle, their only victory over the Yugoslavs - 2-1 in front of 12,189 fans. Australia had players, now part of history, in goalkeeper Norman Conquest, captain Cec Drummond, Bob Bignall, Ron Hughes, Gordon "Bunny" Nunn and of course, Joe Marston.
This design represents some of the earliest soccer played on home soil against European opposition. The double-V-print typically seen in rugby league or union was also adopted in soccer for a period. Representative teams may have been hard to differentiate on the field but off it, the margin was wide.
Australia v Hajduk Split Yugoslavia 1949 T-shirt
- Unisex, regular fit
- Crew neck
- Mid-weight, 180 GSM
- 100% combed cotton
- Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL W 47 52 56.5 61 64 68 L 71 75 78.5 82 83.5 85
Body width/length (cm)
Please refer to Size Chart
Measure a shirt you own 1cm below sleeve joint from side seam to side seam (no refund or replacement for incorrect size choice)
Images sample only