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Sportstar of the Week pennant, John Warren Captain Australian Soccer Team V. Rhodesia 1963[1969]


Sportstar of the Week pennant, John Warren Captain Australian Soccer Team V. Rhodesia 1963[1969]

Object information


Australia played Rhodesia in 1969, not 1963, in Mozambique.

Physical description

A triangular shaped pennant awarded to John Warren, made of dark blue felt fabric with an illustration of a lion's claw clutching a dagger in yellow and white text which reads 'McDowells / SPORTSTAR of the WEEK'. Below this text is a yellow banner section with black text which reads 'JOHNNY WARREN / CAPT. AUSTRALIAN SOCCER TEAM / V. RHODESIA / 29.11.63'. There are two dark blue looped felt tags attached to the left edge, and there are dark mould stains in some areas.

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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