Australian soccer referees have come and gone, but some will remain in the memories of fans forever. The most (in)famous of all Australian soccer referees, Tony Boskovic, was selected among the elite to participate in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany. It was great timing and a huge reward for Boskovic, who had worked tirelessly with the whistle in New South Wales' various competitions and at international level for some time.
Coincidentally, the Socceroos qualified for the 1974 tournament, which made Boskovic's involvement all the more special. The highlight came when he was appointed to the Bulgaria v. Netherlands match at the Westfalenstadion, featuring none other than Johan Cruyff. Boskovic gave two penalty-kicks to the Oranje, which were converted.
There were many notable referees in Australia throughout the game's history, refereeing in State-based leagues, and then at national level when the Philips Soccer League began in 1977. It was not uncommon then as it is not uncommon now for a fan to ask another, "Who is the referee?" Only to get, "He is good," or "He is rubbish" come back the other way.
This design features the names of famous (or infamous) referees who are synonymous with the Australian game. If you have not heard of some of them, ask an older fan. There will be a story to listen to, that is for sure.
The Referees 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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