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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Photos (Top to Bottom): Ken Morton beside the statue of George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton which stands outside Old Trafford. Best, Law and Charlron have all been to Tasmania, the former two brought here by Morton; Ken Morton with Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy; Mick Halsall and Ken Morton at Wolves; Wolves players Ward, Elokobi and McCarey [Photos courtesy of Victoria Woods]

Ken Morton returned last week after taking a team of young Tasmanians for train at Manchester United’s facilities at The Cliff and Carrington.

The visit included taking in a game at Old Trafford between United and West Bromwich Albion.

Morton also forged links with other clubs including Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“I thought it was a marvellous footballing experience,” said Morton.

“The players went away to learn football and to develop their skills as young men, which they did just terrifically.

“The training which we did with Manchester United was not a lot different to what we do, only better quality.

“It was better quality because of the facilities. When you are playing on what is like carpet, on grounds that are manicured to perfection, it makes their skills become better, quicker.

“When you think about top football, it’s all about technique. If you haven’t got technique, you can’t become a football player. Your technique will let you down.

“The technical work that the players did was first class.

“To see our boys play under another coach and perform so well, with their technique better than the English players, was certainly a credit to the players and to the Manchester United coaching staff.

“Our first game was a 3-0 win against Stockport Youth and the second game was 4-2 against Irlam, and it was a real physical battle.

“The last game, we won 4-1 against Denton and we really were in super form against them.

“In the Irlam game, they went back to front really quickly, pressurised high and got about us in midfield, but our lads still tried to get the ball down and pass it around them and played some good football to win the game.”