Lost Glory – St. George Soccer Stadium, Sydney
It was once the home of one of Australia’s finest teams based in Sydney’s southern suburbs, St. George Budapest (who later became St. George Saints), playing in Australia’s then-leading professional division, the National Soccer League (they won the league in 1983). The club had a rich history, having supplied almost half of Australia’s 1974 World Cup team. Notable players for St. George span the ages, from Charlie George (yes, that Charlie George) to Robbie Slater and even featuring an appearance by Ossie Ardiles in 1985. Tim Cahill’s brother, Chris Cahill, also now plays for the club. Their manager during many of their glory years, Frank Arok, took charge of the Socceroos in the 1980s.
Now, St. George Stadium is sadly dilapidated, and St. George Saints play only in a low-level New South Wales league, with just the hardiest of souls showing up on the terraces that once held packed crowds.
The below photos, by Chris Round (Flickr page), tell the story of St. George’s Stadium’s current state.
Thanks again to Chris Round for permission to use these photos.