Weekly History Week

Each week we will write a story about St George SOCCER history.

We will start off with St George Guest players

Charlie George playing for St George Vs Fitzroy at Hurstville Oval 1977

Charlie George playing for St George Vs Fitzroy at Hurstville Oval 1977

The concept of marquee players is one which has gained much traction in this country since the advent of the Hyundai A-League. There can be little argument that no marquee was greater than Italian World Cup winner, Alessandro Del Piero, for Sydney FC eighteen months ago.
But guest players were a common sight in the old National Soccer League and St George were one club who had their fair share of such players over the years. These stars included Osvaldo Ardiles, a World Cup winner with Argentina in 1978, Charlie George, a double winner with Arsenal in 1971, England international and UEFA Cup winner with Tottenham, Ralph Coates, and Ray Clemence, multiple English championship title winner and three times European Cup winner with Liverpool as well as winning 61 caps for England. All made appearances for St George during the early years of the NSL, and in the mid eighties, in the case of Ardiles.
Admittedly, most of the guest players would only play a few games, unlike their modern contemporaries, but at a time when televised football from overseas was limited to the ABC’s “Big Match” or the live telecast once a year of the FA Cup Final, or just a handful of World Cup games, well before Channel 028/SBS commenced, limited appearances by foreign stars was very much a highlight of the local season.