Vale Jack Mather

Jack Mather in 1959 Socceroos seated middle Photo courtesy Victor Harbor Times

Vale Jack Mather

Adelaide City FC extends it’s deepest sympathies to the family and relatives of Jack Mather who passed away last weekend.

Jack migrated to Australia in 1951 from Coventry, England and his footballing prowess was instantly recognised.

He played 12 seasons for Adelaide Juventus, the former name of Adelaide City FC, winning 9 Premierships, and went on to coach at the club. He was inducted into the SA Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jack represented Australia on 15 occasions and South Australia on 23 occasions between 1952 and 1962, 8 years as state captain. He played in what is thought to be the first game of football on Adelaide Oval when representing Australia against Scottish club Heart of Midlothian in 1959, and was known as The Rock of Gibraltar.

In 1954 he won the Sydney Sporting Life Award when voted the Best Player in Australia.