When Australia played New Zealand on 17 June 1922 in Carisbrook, Dunedin, the team's captain Alex Gibb earned the prestigious honour of being the first ever capped Australian international. The squad was made up of players from New South Wales and Queensland. So, Australia wore pale blue and maroon not green and gold.
In the 1920s, football formations and field positions were very different from today. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was common to see teams play a 2-3-5 or what was known as the WM formation (3-2-2-3). The terms centre-half and inside-forward have now been replaced by broader terms and numbers representing each position.
The first ever Australian team to play an A-international included George Cartwright, Alan Fisher, Dave Cumberford, Alex Gibb, Clarrie Shenton, Peter Doyle, William Dane, Jock Cumberford, Bill Maunder, Dave Ward and Tom Thompson. New Zealand won 3-1 with Maunder scoring Australia's goal.
There is a story to tell when wearing this retro shirt.
First Ever Australia 1922 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
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