Where did the name "Socceroos" come from? When did it stick? Two simple questions that often lead to a guessing game.
In 1967, Australia toured Vietnam at the height of the War. Back in Australia, Sydney Daily Mirror columnist, Tony Horstead, gave readers the opportunity to name the Australian national soccer team by running a find-a-name competition. First prize was a free pass to all matches the following year.
A week later, Horstead published the results. "Emus" had won, overwhelmingly, some four votes to one. The second favourite was Wattles, then Jackaroos, Wombats, Bandicoots, Boomerangs, Birubieds, Baddawalers, Walleroos, Merinos, Koalas, Woomeras and even Sharks, but no Socceroos.
There are a number of published claims about the origins of the name, Socceroos, from the likes of former Australian captain Johnny Warren, author and soccer historian Sid Grant and journalist Laurie Schwab. The consensus being Horstead coined the term in his coverage of the national team in his columns for the Daily Mirror.
On 3 May 1972, the Australian Soccer Federation launched its formal FIFA World Cup qualification bid. The ASF was backed by $100,000 in sponsorship from Pepsi-Cola, Travelodge, Philips Industries and News Limited. Sir Arthur George (president of the ASF) unveiled the Australian national team icon for the campaign. The logo consisted of a kangaroo wearing football boots surrounded by the legend, World Cup 1974 Socceroo.
By 1974, the term Socceroos was being used without explanation in magazines and newspapers across the nation. Soccer World's Lou Gautier said, "The kangaroo emblem is a sensation and I think that Australia's national team has now won its spurs to be known worldwide as the Socceroos, like the 'Wallabies' in rugby union and the 'Kangaroos' in League."
This design pays tribute to Horstead, his national find-a-name competition and the fact that Emus never got up - his idea stuck, and the rest is history.
Find-a-Name National Team Competition T-shirt
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