Australia toured England, Italy, Israel and Indonesia in late 1980, preparing to qualify for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The Socceroos had reached the Finals once before, in 1974, when they surprised everyone with some excellent performances. In that tournament in West Germany, the Socceroos played three matches, losing 2-0 to East Germany, 3-0 to West Germany and drawing 0-0 with Chile.
The Australian Soccer Federation enjoyed its centenary year in 1980 and put on a number of top matches as part of the celebrations. Taking pride of place was the match against England in May. Apart from prestige, the Winfield Cup was at stake, which went to the Football Association's headquarters following England's 2-1 win.
The bulk of the Socceroos squad taking on the Foxes came from three of the National Soccer League's leading clubs, Sydney City, Marconi and Heidelberg United. Socceroos coach, Rudi Gutendorf, tried to give emerging talent a run as much as possible. Goalkeeper, Greg Woodhouse, played between the sticks with Eddie Krncevic up front - both just 20 years of age.
Ken Boden scored twice for the Socceroos in the first-half. A converted penalty-kick on 73 minutes from the foot of Bobby Smith pulled one back for the Foxes. However, the match ended 2-1 to the visitors on a cold Monday night at Filbert Street.
This design marks the dawn of a new era for the Socceroos and the ASF's 100th year.
Leicester City v Australia 1980 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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