"Playing soccer for Australia would be like surfing for England." So said a young footballer on the popular national current affairs television show 60 Minutes to reporter George Negus in 1981. His name is Craig Johnston and he is one of the best footballers Australia has ever produced. Yet he never played for the Socceroos.


Author, Jason Goldsmith, has brought together the short stories of the men who, for one reason or another, did not get to play for the Socceroos (but could have) in Surfing for England: Our Lost Socceroos released by Fair Play Publishing. Johnston's story is the opener.


Some missed out due to international football politics. Some played the game at the top level when Australian football was still finding its feet. For others, their only opportunity to play internationally was to opt for another country. One died much too young and some made a deliberate decision to turn their back on the country of their birth in favour of their ethnicity. One did everything he could to make sure he was not a lost Socceroo.


This design is a tribute to a Liverpool legend and a player who, for one reason or another, got away.

Surfing for England T-shirt

SKU: FC0000409
  • Specifications

    • 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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