Fraser enters Hall of Fame

ROOTY Hill can claim one of the latest Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame inductees as one of their own.

Former Socceroo Jim Fraser was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his coaching achievements at the International Goalkeepers Academy at Blacktown International Sportspark.

"It's nice to be recognised," Fraser said.

"The Hall of Fame has only been around for a short time: to pick me when many others should have been picked before me is a big honour."

Fraser played 10 games for the Socceroos.

Playing alongside many St George-Budapest club teammates including the late Johnny Warren, Fraser played an integral role in the inaugural Socceroos squad who qualified for the 1974 World Cup.

He was unable to go because of work commitments as he ran a security company.

"It was really special because we were part-time players and didn't fully know the significance of what we'd achieved," he said.

"It was harder back then as only 16 teams qualified for the World Cup. Today, it's 32.

"Soccer was a minor sport in Australia then, nothing like it is now. Rugby league was the main sport back then.

"A parade was put on for us after we qualified for the World Cup and people were throwing meat pies at the motorcade."

Fraser was still playing competitively in a over-35s competition up until a few years ago and still occasionally puts on his boots for friendly games.

He keeps in touch with most of his former Socceroos teammates.

"We had a reunion in Hong Kong recently to mark 40 years since qualifying for the World Cup," he said.

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