On this day in 1947, the Curtin University men’s football team travelled to England to play the London School of Economics.
It was the second time Curtin had faced the football team of the same name.
They had won the previous game 2-1 and played for a place in the first round of the Football Association Cup.
Curtin coach John Campbell had made an instant impression on his young players.
He was a man of great integrity and a man who had played his way to the top, Campbell said.
“He was very good in his way of playing, and I have never seen him play badly.”
In his first season as coach, Campbell was given a major promotion.
In 1947, Curtin was ranked first in the nation and the season ahead was one of the best in the country.
The men had played at home against a team that included the best of England’s best players.
Their performance in the season opener was legendary.
The game was the last of a historic season for the men.
They defeated the Leeds Rhinos 4-3 and lost to Northamptonshire.
They lost another game to a top side in the league that season, 4-0, but won their next five.
The Curtin men finished the season ranked sixth in the Football League, one place above the eventual winners, Manchester United.
In his book The New Curtin, journalist Mark Walshe wrote that Campbell was “the most effective coach in history”.
But the Curtins fortunes in the second half of the season were bleak.
They finished second to the South Melbourne Pioneers, who beat them by one goal.
They were knocked out of the competition by Northampton Saints and by a Northampton team that was coached by Campbell.
Catch up on all the stories of 2016-17 here:The Curtins final home game in 1948 was a 4-1 defeat to a West Australian team that had won its first game in Australia, against a Western Australian team, but lost to a team coached by Curtin.
The West Australians were coached by a man with Campbell’s reputation, and it was an epic final, with the Curtans players taking on their Western counterparts.
A young Curtin player is congratulated by his father, Paul, during a training session at the home of the Curtons.
Paul Campbell coached at Curtin until his death in 2000, in what was the first time he coached an entire team at any level.
Cameron Cameron Cameron is an Australian sports journalist and presenter of the podcast The Coach’s Journey.
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