Adrian Alston

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Adrian Alston
Personal information
Full name Adrian Alston
Date of birth (1949-02-06) 6 February 1949 (age 68)
Place of birth Preston, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1969 South Coast United
1970–1972 St George
1974 Safeway United 13 (4)
1974–1975 Luton Town 29 (8)
1975–1976 Cardiff City 48 (16)
1977–1978 Tampa Bay Rowdies 19 (8)
1977 Canberra City 10 (3)
1984 Wollongong City 1 (0)
National team
1969–1977 Australia 43 (7)
Teams managed
1979 St. Petersburg Thunder Bolts
1997–2004 Port Kembla
2004 ACT Rockets
2004–2005 Wollongong City
2006–2007 Bulli
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 May 2007

Adrian Alston (born 6 February 1949) is an English-born Australian former professional football (soccer) player. His brother Alex was also a professional footballer.


Born in Preston, Alston was playing as an apprentice at his hometown club Preston North End when he was offered a chance by South Coast United in Australia and quickly settled in the country. His performances in the 1974 World Cup saw Alston receive offers from a number of clubs in Germany, including Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt, but instead decided to join Luton Town in The Football League. The club had achieved promotion to the First Division, the highest tier in English football, the previous season.[1] In his debut season, Alston finished as the club's joint top goalscorer, along with Ron Futcher, in the league as the club suffered relegation. However, Alston spent just one season at Kenilworth Road before Cardiff City manager Jimmy Andrews paid £20,000 to take him to Ninian Park.

He scored twice on his debut in a 4–3 win over Chesterfield and later went on to become the first post-war Cardiff player to score a hat-trick in the FA Cup in a 6–2 win over Exeter City. After helping the club win promotion to Division Two, he struggled to reproduce his form the following year and left Cardiff to play in the NASL for Tampa Bay Rowdies.[2]

International career[edit]

He was a member of the Australian 1974 World Cup squad in West Germany. Prior to the Australia side meeting West Germany in the group stage, German manager Helmut Schoen stated[3]

In total he represented Australia between 1969 and 1977 in 43 official matches, scoring 7 goals.[4] Alston represented New South Wales in 1974 as a player and led the selection of the Illawarra region as coach in 2004.


Cardiff City

See also[edit]

Foreign-born footballers who played for Australia


  1. ^ David V. (24 July 2010). "Why Adrian Alston was a Socceroo trailblazer". The Roar. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 14. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  3. ^ "Alston:The man Schoen feared". Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Adrian Alston, – Official Website of the Association of Football Statisticians (includes also a match against a selection of the Irish league).
    Roberto Mamrud: Australia – Record International Players, Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, 10 June 2011.

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