Without 1974, there would be no 2006. No 2015.
On 13 November 1973, Jimmy Mackay's goal in Hong Kong sent Australia to its first FIFA World Cup. A moment in the game's history unsurpassed. Led by Rale Rasic, the Australian national team became a close-knit family - everyone working toward the same goal.
Australia would leave for West Germany with more discipline and structure than ever. Rasic was a young but determined coach. He would pride himself on his match preparation and analysis. The Socceroos arrived to little fanfare. Who were these kangaroos from Down Under?
East Germany, West Germany and Chile proved to be as challenging as expected. The Socceroos in Rasic's starting eleven on 14 June are the true pioneers: Jack Reilly, Doug Utjesenovic, captain Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Col Curran, Ray Richards, Jimmy Rooney, Jimmy Mackay, Johnny Warren, Branko Buljevic and Adrian Alston. All 22 in the squad hold a special place in Australian football history.
The Socceroos came away from the tournament with one point. A nil-all draw with Chile in the final group stage match secured the first-ever Australian World Cup point. Defeats to East Germany (2-0) and West Germany (3-0) were met with tenuous apologies for underestimating the Socceroos. Wilson's team was beaten but not disgraced.
This design remembers the pioneering Socceroos of 1974.
The Pioneers 1974 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
Size S M L XL 2XL 3XL W 47 52 56.5 61 64 68 L 71 75 78.5 82 83.5 85
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