Greatest Ever Australian Goal Keeper

Ron Lord

Born in Balmain, NSW, Lord began his career at local club Drummoyne before moving on to Auburn, and finishing his career at Sydney Prague.  Lord made his debut for Australia in the early 1950’s and represented Australia at the Melbourne Olympics.

Date of Birth:             25th August 1929

Clubs:                       1949 Drummoyne

1950 – 1957 Auburn

1957-1965 Sydney Prague

Socceroos Stats:      10 Appearances

Debut:                      1955 vs. South Africa (Sydney)


Ron Corry

Born in Sydney, NSW, Corry started his career like many other Socceroos at the time at Canterbury-Marrickville, before going on to play for a host of Sydney clubs including Pan Hellenic, Sydney Croatia, Manly, Sutherland and Marconi.  Corry spent a decade of his career at Sydney Croatia.  After hanging up his boots, Corry began coaching the next generation of Socceroos with Mark Bosnich and Zeljko Kalac under his tutelage at Sydney Croatia.

Date of Birth:             21st July 1941

Clubs:                       1964 Canterbury-Marrickville

1965 Pan Hellenic

1966-1975 Sydney Croatia

1976 Manly

1977 Sutherland

1977-1978 Manly

1980-1981 Marconi

Socceroos Stats:       27 Appearances

Debut:                      1967 vs. Singapore (Saigon)


Jimmy Fraser

Fraser played 8 games for the Socceroos whilst helping the side qualify for the 1974 World Cup. The late John Warren, in his book “Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters” described Jim Fraser as one of the key ingredients in getting Australia to the 1974 finals. Since retiring, he has become one of the most respected and in demand goalkeeper coaches in Australia. He is currently the Director of Coaching International Goalkeepers Academy.

Date of Birth:             28 April 1948

Clubs:                       1970-1974 St George-Budapest

Socceroos Stats:       8 Appearances

Debut:                      1973 vs. Bulgaria (Melbourne)


Mark Bosnich

Born in Fairfield, Sydney, NSW, Bosnich played youth football with local club Sydney Croatia before being signed by Manchester United at the age of 16, and making his debut two years later.  After being forced to return to Australia due to work permit issues, Bosnich re-signed with Sydney Croatia, which was now called Sydney United for the 1991/92 season.  After resurrecting work permit issues, Bosnich returned to England and signed with Aston Villa, becoming a regular for the Midlands club over a seven year period.

Bosnich’s Aston Villa contract ended in 1999. He then returned to Manchester United, becoming a key member of the side that won the Premier League and the Intercontinental Cup.  Bosnich moved on to Chelsea, but was plagued with injury and subsequent drug problems, which resulted in the termination of his contract.  Bosnich last played professionally during a guest stint in the A-League with the Central Coast Mariners.  Bosnich is currently a football pundit for Fox Sports.

Date of Birth:             13th January 1972

Clubs:                       1988-1989 Sydney Croatia

1989-1991 Manchester United (3 Appearances)

1991-1992 Sydney United (5 Appearances)

1992-1999 Aston Villa (227 Appearances)

1999-2001 Manchester United (35 Appearances)

2001-2003 Chelsea (7 Appearances)

2008 Central Coast Mariners (4 Appearances)

2009 Sydney Olympic (8 Appearances)

Socceroos Stats:      17 Appearances

1 Goal

Debut:                      1993 vs. New Zealand (Auckland)


Mark Schwarzer

Born in Sydney, NSW, Schwarzer was given his debut in the NSL aged 19 by Marconi, earning a call up to the Socceroos while still at the Australian club.  Soon after starring for the national side Schwarzer moved to Germany where he would spend 3 years playing for both Dynamo Dresden and FC Kaiserslautern.  Schwarzer found greener pastures in England, initially with Bradford City, before spending 11 seasons with Middlesbrough in the Premier League. He appeared 367 times for the club, building a reputation as one of the world’s top goalkeepers.  In 2008 Schwarzer turned down offers from Bayern Munich and Juventus to sign for Fulham, where he has made over 120 appearances.  Schwarzer is currently the most capped Socceroo of all time and has publicly stated his ambition to continue playing for the Socceroos up to and including the 2014 World Cup.

Date of Birth:             6 October 1972

Clubs:                       1990-1994 Marconi 58 Appearances

1994-1995 Dynamo Dresden 2 Appearances

1995-1996 FC Kaiserslautern 4 Appearances

1996-1997 Bradford City 13 Appearances

1997-2008 Middlesbrough 367 Appearances

2008- Fulham 121 Appearances

Socceroos Stats:       94 Appearances

Debut:                      1993 vs. Canada (Edmonton)