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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Steve Darby, the former White Eagles coach who is now assistant coach of the Thailand national team, has sent a genuine Poland short to his former captain at White Eagles, Mark Leszczynski.

I delivered the shirt and match programme to Mark ‘Spider’ Leszczynski today and he was chuffed at Darby’s gesture.

Spider was one of the mainstays of that great Eagles team of the middle-80s to early 90s and was almost unbeatable at sweeper.

Thailand played Poland in a four-team tournament in Bangkok recently and Darby managed to get the number 5 shirt from one of the Polish players after the match.

Poland beat Thailand 3-1.

The other teams in the tournament were Denmark and Singapore.


Ian Gray, the former Australian international, has been found dead in his apartment in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney.

The 46-year-old's death is being treated as suspicious by police.


Manchester United beat AC Milan 3-2 in their European Champions League match before 80,000 fans at the San Siro this morning (Australian time).

Wayne Rooney scored twice for United, who led 3-1 at one stage.

Paul Scholes grabbed the opener for United, who had Michael Carrick sent off near the end.

Ronaldinho opened the scoring for Milan after just three minutes following a David Beckham free-kick, while Clarence Seedorf netted Milan's second five minutes from time.

In the other game played in France, Lyon beat Real Madrid 1-0 through a goal by Jean Makoun.