In November 1984, Australia began a month-long tour of Europe, making trips to England, Scotland, the Netherlands and Italy. On 27 November, the Socceroos were welcomed by Arsenal to their London stadium, Highbury. Socceroos captain, John Kosmina, had a special reason to be there. He had signed for Arsenal in the late seventies, only to make one substitute appearance before returning to Australia. Socceroos coach, Frank Arok, gave him the armband.
Kosmina was the Socceroos' most experienced player with 60 caps. However, it was the limited experience of Arsenal's Raphael Meade that grabbed the headlines. He scored the last-minute winner, but it was his third goal in his second of two matches that day. The Arsenal youngster had earlier scored twice in a win over Crystal Palace in a Football Combination fixture when he came on nine minutes from time, replacing David Court, with the Gunners and Socceroos locked at 2-2.
For most of the match, the Socceroos looked livelier. Despite a strong Gunners line-up, Highbury barely attracted 4,000 fans. Ian Allinson scored both equalisers on either side of an own goal and a strike from Marshall Soper.
Frank Arok's men were adventurous and by no means disgraced on this Tuesday evening in autumn.
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