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A piece of soccer history

A glimpse into local soccer history is provided by a recent donation to the Local Studies collection.

The Soccer Football coaching manual and handbook, 1947-8 has extensive notes on playing soccer along with background on the Concord and District Soccer Football Club. The Club was established in 1924 with matches being played at Central Park. In 1933 games commenced at the newly constructed Edwards Park at Brewer Street, Concord.

The photograph, from the handbook, shows the Concord and District Soccer Football team which were Metropolitan 1st Grade Premiers in 1947. Back row (left to right): A Forrester (Selector), Dan Abercrombie, John Allen, Ron Hawkshaw, Jim Neil, Sid Bachell, Albert Knowlson, J. Downham (Selector), J. Brown (Trainer). Middle row, kneeling: John Morton (President), Ken Knowlson, Jim Geekie, Ken Irving, Herbert L. Gilmour (Vice-President), Keith Gilmour (Honorary Secretary) Front row, sitting: Frank Norton (Captain) Brian Norton (Mascot), Bill Johnson (Goalkeeper), Terry Wakeham.

The handbook belonged to Helge Wesenlund, a Norwegian immigrant to Australia, who was active in Association Soccer in the 1950s. He was a coach for North Shore Soccer Club and was one of the founders of the North Ryde Boomerang Club for visiting ships crews. The handbook was kindly donated to Local Studies by his son.

Soccer in Drummoyne and beyond

Earlier this year, local resident Richard Boothman generously contributed some family photographs to Canada Bay Connections.

The images included ones relating to his grandfather, Ernest Stephen Lukeman who was prominent in soccer circles in the 1920s. He was secretary of the Australian Soccer Football Association and hosted visits by teams from England, New Zealand, Canada, China and Czechoslavakia. Many years later Professor K. L. Kwong, manager of the Chinese team, still fondly recalled the ‘kind consideration’ shown to him. In 1928 and 1930, Ernest Lukeman was manager of the Australian teams that toured Java.

The photograph shows the 1928 Australian soccer team in Java being led by Ernest Lukeman, carrying the Australian flag. Thirteen matches were played of which Australia won nine, lost three and drew one.

Ernest Lukeman died at Drummoyne in 1936, aged 54.