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, Hamburg and Eintracht Frankfurt. Alston agreed a deal with Hertha that would include a $40,000 signing-on fee and a temporary apartment until he was able to secure his own living accommodation and a fee was agreed between Hertha and Safeway United but Alston received a late offer from Luton Town in The Football League who had tracked Alston following his performance against the side during a tour of England by the Australian national side.> The club had achieved promotion to the First Division, the highest tier in English football, the previous season and Alston decided to join the Hatters in order to help his wife settle and the lack of a language barrier.[1][2]

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 as the club began to experience financial difficulties resulting in Alston not being paid at times. Alston later described his decision to reject offers from Germany and return to England with Luton as "the biggest mistake I ever made".[1] Cardiff City manager Jimmy Andrews paid £20,000 to take him to Ninian Park with the club also agreeing to pay Alston the wages owed to him by Luton.[1] 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.[3]

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[4]

In total he represented Australia between 1969 and 1977 in 43 official matches, scoring 7 goals.[5] 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. ^ a b c Philip Micallef (3 July 2016). "Socceroos Greats - Where are they now: Adrian Alston". SBS. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  2. ^ David V. (24 July 2010). "Why Adrian Alston was a Socceroo trailblazer". The Roar. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 14. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 
  4. ^ "Alston:The man Schoen feared". Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  5. ^ 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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