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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Photo:  Fred Joughin at a special match in his honour at Olinda Grove in 2009 [PlessPix]

Fred Joughin OAM, the president of the University Soccer Club, passed away in Hobart on Friday at the age of 85.

Joughin, originally from the United Kingdom, was actively involved in the Tasmanian football scene for over 60 years.

He joined University as a player in 1950 and became the club captain in that year.  He remained club captain until 1955.

A lawyer by profession, Joughin soon became involved in administrative affairs within the game as well as playing.

He was elected chairman of the University club in 1958 and retained that position for the next 20 years, when he was elected to the new position of president, a title he held until his death.

The club rooms at Olinda Grove are named the Joughin Pavilion in his honour, and a permanent parking space with a good view of the pitch was provided for him at the ground.

Joughin was secretary of the Southern Tasmanian Soccer Association from 1951 to 1955.

Joughin was the University representative on the Tasmanian Soccer Association until 1967 while, in 1959, he became secretary of the State Soccer Council, a position he occupied for the next three years.  During this time, he remained a University player, selector and chairman.


Photo: Fred Joughin (fourth from left) with University Life Members (L-R) John Parry, Rod Miller, Michael Sprod, Matthew Shaw. Les Jackson and Bob Mason in 2007 [PlessPix]

He was made a life member of the State Soccer Council in 1962.

Joughin had a photographic memory and was renowned for his integrity.  He was chairman or a member of several special committees of the Tasmanian Soccer Association over the years, where his legal skills also proved valuable.

He was innovative in his approach to the game and helped institute a knock-out cup competition and a promotion and relegation system.

Joughin was made an Honorary Life Member of the University club in 1966 and, in 1978, was granted a Merit Bar to his Honorary Life Membership badge.

His soccer activities were not confined to the south of the State.  He was chairman of the Burnie Celtic Soccer Club from 1956 to 1957 and chairman of the North-West Soccer Association for the same period.

Joughin coached the South Hobart Primary School team from 1962 to 1963.


Photo:  A University veterans match was played in honour of Fred Joughin (seated) at Olinda Grove on 7 February 2009 [PlessPix]

He played for University for 32 years, from 1950 to 1982, when a heart attack curtailed his playing career.

He recovered and continued his administrative role with the club.  He attended University games up until his death and he presented life membership badges at the club’s recent dinner.

The funeral will be next Wednesday at 1pm at the Graham Family Funeral Chapel in Risdon Road, and an afternoon tea will be held at 3.30pm at the University club rooms at Olinda Grove.

Joughin’s son, Greg, was a prominent player with University and White Eagles.