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  • Published: 26 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742746975
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters




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

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.

  • Pub date: 26 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742746975
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the Author

Johnny Warren

Johnny Warren's services to the world game were acknowledged in 1973 when he became the first soccer identity to be presented with an MBE. In 1988, he was inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame. In 2002 he received an Order of Australia Medal.


Praise for Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters

“‘A cracking story... engagingly told’ Canberra Times”

“‘For a long while football supporters have awaited a book by the man who has been the face, heart and soul - and conscience - of soccer in Australia. It's been well worth the wait... no-one evangelises the glory and beauty of football better and with more passion than Johnny Warren’ Illawarra Mercury”

“‘Part memoir, part manifesto, Johnny Warren's story is the uphill battle of Australian soccer, and how much further the game has to go’ The Sunday Age”


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