The Australian Soccer Federation (ASF) launched its formal 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification bid on 3 May 1972. Backed by $100,000 in sponsorship from Pepsi Cola, Travelodge, Philips Industries and News Limited, president Sir Arthur George, 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".
It was sports journalist, Tony Horstead, who had previously trialled punchy nicknames for the national team without success. He used the name in the logo the very next morning.
A key sentence in his column read, "The Socceroos will be the best prepared sporting team ever to represent Australia in a major event." The logo got its next public outing when Scotland's Dundee played an Australia XI in Adelaide on 17 May 1972. Matches against club sides were not regarded as full internationals and Horstead was keen to tie the name of the Socceroos to the national team. So later that year, when Australia flew to Vietnam in October 1972, he would focus on that connection.
Of course, the defunct ASF is part of history and the great story behind the "Socceroos" almost forgotten. As fans, it is our job to tell it.
This design is sure to strike up conversation.
Socceroo Kangaroo 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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