Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters

Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters

Johnny Warren

Language: English

Pages: 295

ISBN: 1740511212

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A Fascinating account of a great sporting life and an insider's look at the byzantine world of soccer politics. The essential Australian story of the World Game - Bob Carr

Johnny Warren received an MBE (1973), ASM (2000) Centenary Medal (2001), OAM (2003) and the FIFA Order of Merit (2004)

Johnny Warren is a credit to Australia and the game that he loves. His is a great story which I heartily recommend to all sports fans - Martin Tyler

From a nine-year-old who was initially rejected by his local under-12's team because he was "too small and needed to go home and eat more porridge" to leading the Socceroos from 1964 to 1974 through three World Cup campaigns as captain and vice-captain, Johnny Warren witnessed every stage of Australia's soccer journey for over fifty years.

From the days you were called a "sheila", "wog" or "poofter" if you played soccer to today when players such as Harry Kewell are celebrated as our brightest sporting stars and prized by overseas clubs; from the curse placed on the Socceroos in 1969 by an African witch doctor through to more than thirty agonising years of trying to qualify for soccer's Holy Grail, the World Cup, Johnny Warren revealed the highs and lows of Australian soccer's past and present, and how its future success can be achieved.

Including all the action from the 2002 World Cup - the Cup that caught the hearts and imaginations of Australians everywhere. In February 2003, then-NSW Premier Bob Carr set up a $1.5 million soccer training academy named the "Johnny Warren Soccer Academy" to develop players and increase Australia's chances of securing the 2014 World Cup.

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were next out. Anything that wasn’t tied down was hurled in the direction of the referee and his assistants. It was a totally intimidating atmosphere. The crowd knew what was at stake and providing the intimidation was their preordained role in getting their boys over the line. In the world of sport there are challenges and there are challenges. Playing Argentina away, in a sudden-death, final-straw World Cup qualifier is in another stratosphere altogether. On this occasion, the Socceroos faced

wanting his autograph and was in constant demand from the German media. He really was the local boy returning home to a hero’s welcome. The other defenders in the squad were Doug Utjesenovic, John Watkiss, Peter Wilson and Harry Williams. Harry was the only Aborigine in the team and had actually been first picked for Australia after only playing six club games for St George. He was a tremendous talent and a terrific bloke to have on tour. He played as an attacking left-sided winger and was one of

pulled on the green and gold for Australia. Adrian ‘Noddy’ Alston, Atti Abonyi, Branko Buljevic, Ernie Campbell, Gary Manuel, Peter Ollerton and Max Tolson provided the team’s attacking force. Scoring goals is always going to be tough in a World Cup but I thought we had enough good strikers, particularly in Adrian, Branko and Atti, to cause our opponents some problems. It wasn’t a huge squad but Rale was never a coach to use a big squad anyway. With Rale everyone had a fair idea of who was

football people. The editors, producers, researchers, studio crew and people from every level of the operation are spellbound by jogo bonito—the beautiful game. It has made working there very easy for me. SBS has always treated the game with respect and likewise, has always tried to treat the viewer and the fan with the same respect. SBS recognises that the fans don’t want someone coming on air laughing and making jokes at the expense of one team over another, as I’ve seen happen on other

football people. The editors, producers, researchers, studio crew and people from every level of the operation are spellbound by jogo bonito—the beautiful game. It has made working there very easy for me. SBS has always treated the game with respect and likewise, has always tried to treat the viewer and the fan with the same respect. SBS recognises that the fans don’t want someone coming on air laughing and making jokes at the expense of one team over another, as I’ve seen happen on other

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