Australia versus England - billed as the "Soccer Event of the Century" - took place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 31 May 1980. Although the date has been disputed, the history of soccer in Australia can be traced back to 14 August 1880. In 1980, the Australian Soccer Federation celebrated 100 years.
Sir Harold Thompson, chairman of the Football Association, sent his congratulations and best wishes on Australia's Centenary, saying, "You have kindly invited us to send a team to play a match on this occasion and we are honoured and pleased to do so."
Interestingly, the meeting was the first A-international between the two nations. Previous matches, dating back to 1925, were either unofficial or national-select sides.
England's squad included Joe Corrigan (Manchester City), Phil Parks (West Ham United), captain Trevor Cherry (Leeds United), Brian Greenhoff (Leeds), Glenn Hoddle (Tottenham Hotspur), Frank Lampard (West Ham), Terry Butcher (Ipswich Town), Russell Osman (Ipswich), Alan Devonshire (West Ham), Bryan Robson (West Bromwich Albion), Brian Talbot (Arsenal), David Armstrong (Middlesbrough), Alan Sunderland (Arsenal), Peter Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion), Paul Mariner (Ipswich) and Kevin Reeves (Manchester City).
Australia's coach, Rudi Gutendorf, was determined to win and said, "I expect that the match between Australia and England will be a really competitive fight. I can promise the public that the Australian team is not treating this as a friendly match."
The Socceroos squad included Greg Woodhouse, Martyn Crook, Paul Degney, Steve Perry, Jim Tansey, Tony Henderson, Ivo Prskalo, Jimmy Rooney (captain), Peter Sharne, Mark Jankovics, John Coyne, Theo Selemidis, John Nyskohus, Gary Cole, Phil O'Connor, Eddie Krncevic, Jimmy Campbell, Jim Muir, Alan Davidson, John Yzendoorn, Arno Bertogna, Murray Barnes, George Christopoulos, Sebastian Giampaolo, Ken Boden and Yakka Banovic.
The match was refereed by world renowned Australian, Tony Boskovic, in front of 30,084 fans at the SCG. Hoddle and Mariner scored in the first-half. England went into the break, up 2-0. A late penalty-kick, converted by Socceroos striker Gary Cole, pulled one back for the green and gold but the match ended in defeat - 2-1 to the "motherland".
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