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Johnny Warren's Sport Australia Hall of Fame medal and presentation box

2007.0084.0046

Johnny Warren's Sport Australia Hall of Fame medal and presentation box

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Description

Medal has 1951-1975 but Johnny Warren started playing in 1948.

Physical description

A commemorative Sport Australia Hall of Fame medal, in a square, presentation box covered with black velvet. The medal is a gold coloured metal disc with a design featuring a kangaroo and the text 'HALL OF / FAME / SPORT AUSTRALIA' on one face. The reverse face features the text 'JOHN WARREN / 1951 - 1975'. Some surface verdigris is present. The presentation box is covered with black velvet, and has a metal hinge at the rear. The inside of the box has cream satin lining in the lid, and a support in the base with a circular indent which is covered with black velvet. There is a circular, silver adhesive sticker in the lid with a logo outlined in orange, and text which reads 'ANPAS PTY LTD / 288 3844 / MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA'.

Statement of significance

The John 'Johnny' Warren Collection includes an extensive range of materials detailing his days playing for junior teams in the Botany area of South Sydney in the 1950s, through his senior club years in the 1960s and 1970s, and national representative career as a Socceroo from 1965 to 1974. The collection also details Warren's later work as a soccer coach and administrator, journalist and television commentator, and incorporates files and publications related to his work as a government advisor and advocate for the sport.

Warren was Australia's most famous soccer player who tirelessly championed a sport regarded as a minor footballing code in this country. An attacking midfielder of great speed and skill, he played in the NSW State League and was chosen to represent Australia in 1965. His national representative career stretched over a decade, culminating in his participation in the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. After retiring as a player, Warren worked as a coach, administrator, journalist and television commentator promoting the sport he loved. He became the face of Australian soccer, championing the sport for many years through a long and cherished partnership with his colleague and friend Les Murray on SBS Television.

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