Who Is Walter Pless?

Walter_Pless

A teacher by profession, but is now in his 37th 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:  Roy Stoneman (left) with the vice chairman of the Australian Soccer Federation, Vic Tuting MBE

The death occurred in Hobart on Wednesday of Roy Stoneman, one of the top football administrators the game has seen in this State.

Roy was 72 and was the chairman of the Tasmanian Soccer Federation for several years in the 1980s.

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Photo:  Roy Stoneman (right) with Ken Morton and Brian Evans in the heyday of Rapid Wrest Point

Prior to that, he was manager of Rapid Wrest Point in the late 1970s, when the club swept all before it in terms of honours and playing style under coach Ken Morton.

Roy came to Australia from England and ran a successful landscaping and garden business in Glenorchy.

“Roy Stoneman had a huge impact on my footballing life, especially with my coaching,” said Ken Morton.

“He had the confidence in my ability to employ me as player/coach at Rapid Wrest Point.

“This is probably one of the main reasons I continued my coaching career in Tasmania and, even though I often left Australia to coach overseas, I always came back here.

“Rapid Wrest Point had two brilliant years and Roy was my mentor and friend.

“We worked together daily and he and Linda were my best supporters and were very protective of me.

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Photo:  Roy Stoneman (back row, extreme left) with the great Rapid Wrest Point side of 1979

“I worked with Roy at Stoneman’s and while I held one end of the tape measure we discussed the weekend’s team selections and the state of Tasmanian football.

“Fortunately, we didn’t lose many games as a draw was more like a loss and the debriefing with Roy was much tougher than the ones I had with the Police FA in Malaysia when I was their coach.

“If I needed advice, I needed only to turn to Roy.

“I have had the pleasure of getting to know Roy and Linda all over again over the last couple of years and I will miss Roy, his friendship and our discussions.”

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Photo:  Roy Stoneman (partly obscured at extreme left) watches as Ted Best, manager of Cadbury, presnets White Eagles captain Mark Leszczynski, with the Cadbury Cup [PlessPix]

Stoneman presided over Tasmanian football during the difficult time in the later 1980s when tobacco sponsorship was banned and the game lost the funding from Rothmans.

He is survived by his wife Linda and their eight children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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Photo:  The iconic entrance to Stoneman's Garden Centre in Grove Road, just around the corner from Football House at KGV Park [PlessPix]

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+1 #4 Steve Ladic 2013-01-01 09:18
a good man for soccer and the community who will be missed condolences to his family
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+1 #3 Joanne Bateman 2013-01-01 09:12
Although I last saw Roy and his Family many many years ago I will always be in gratitude to him for proving accomodation to myself and family at his Risdonvale home along with his large family when rental accomodation was hard to come by in the 70s. Sad to hear of his passing ,thinking of Linda and his family
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+2 #2 Brian Clarkson 2012-12-30 05:49
Very sorry to hear of Roy,s passing,he did a lot for soccer in Tasmania,he will be truly missed.
Brian
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+7 #1 Dale Blake 2012-12-29 08:04
I remember Roy Stoneman coming to sign me for Rapid from Taroona St Mirren in 1979. He was a real gentleman of the game and he will be sadly missed. R.I.P. Roy
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