Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Sydney FC beat Melbourne Victory 3-0 a in their A-League clash at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne tonight before a crowd of 30,668.

Three first-half goals in 5 minutes destroyed Melbourne.

Alex Brosque put the visitors in front with a header in the 14th minute.

Two goals by Mark Bridge - in the 16th and 19th minutes - completed the destruction.

Victory fought back in the second half and had a few half-chances, but the horse had bolted by that stage.

The win put Sydney FC 4 points clear of second-placed Melbourne at the top of the ladder, with Gold Coast United five points adrift in third place.

[The game was broadcast live on local ABC radio (936).]

Tasmania 0-1 Metropolitan Queensland
(Tasmania finished eighth)


Tasmania 0-2 Western Australia
(Tasmania finished tenth)

Photos (Top to Bottom): Steve Darby and Vic Tuting with the 1981 Tasmanian representative team; Steve Darby presents Peter Davidson with a cup trophy; The White Eagles side of 1986 coached to the championship by Darby (front row, extreme left); Darby in goal for Devonport in a State League match against Croatia-Glenorchy at KGV Park in the late 1970s; Devonport goalkeeper Steve Darby collects the ball just ahead of Croatia-Glenorchy's star midfielder Frank Letec; Darby gets a punch away ahead of Devonport team-mate and current FFT director Peter Best against Croatia-Glenorchy at KGV Park; Darby in action for Devonport at Valley Road; Darby just gets a hand to the ball for Devonport at Valley Road

Former Tasmanian director of coaching Steve Darby has been again been appointed as assistant coach to the Thailand national team.

The new head coach is former Manchester United and England midfield star Bryan Robson.

Darby was appointed caretaker coach after the departure of Peter Reid, who took up the position of assistant manager of Stoke City in the English Premier League.

Darby was widely tipped to be appointed in a full-time capacity, but the Thailand FA ultimately opted for Robson.

Robson has decided that Darby's knowledge of Asian football was invaluable and has made him assistant coach.

Darby was a youth player with Liverpool before turning to coaching and he became the assistant coach of Bahrein for two years before moving to Tasmania as player-coach of Devonport.

He was then appointed to the position of Tasmanian coaching director before again moving to club level as a player and coach of White Eagles.

He also played for South Hobart, University and Croatia-Glenorchy.

Featured above is a collage of Darby's days in Tasmania.

Tasmania 0-5 South Australia


Tasmania 0-1 Northern New South Wales