Ulysses Kokkinos was born in 1949 in Istanbul, Turkey. In 1964, the Kokkinos family were forced to move to Athens, in the midst of the Cyprus dispute, where Turkish Prime Minister İsmet İnönü renounced the Greco-Turkish Treaty of Friendship of 1930 and took actions against the Greek minority.

 

Unsettled in Athens, 16-year-old Kokkinos decided to purchase a ticket to tour the Patris, a ship which carried migrants to Australia. He hid in the workers' cabin and when the ship sailed he was bound for a newfound land. When the Patris stopped at Fremantle, Western Australia, Kokkinos left the ship to an address occupied by fellow Greeks. He was given a change of clothes and a train ticket to Melbourne.

 

Hungry and broke, he sat outside a Greek restaurant on Lonsdale Street for hours on end, where the daughter of a local Greek priest took pity on him. She rented him a room in, cooked him food and bought him new clothes.

 

Kokkinos went to visit South Melbourne Hellas and attracted the club's attention immediately. He signed a contract with South Melbourne and the rest, as they say, is history. Kokkinos would enjoy playing football in Australia, with stints in Greece, from 1966 to 1980. While he spent time with Fitzroy Alexander and Melbourne Juventus, Kokkinos will always be a legend of South Melbourne.

 

This design pays tribute to Australia's George Best - the flawed genius of Ulysses Kokkinos.

 

Read more on Ulysses Kokkinos in The Guardian Australia

The forgotten story of Ulysses Kokkinos, Australia's original playboy footballer by Patrick Skene

Ulysses Kokkinos Australia's Original Playboy Footballer T-shirt

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