South references in Cotsy's various podcasts

Clearly this is not a complete record of South references that have come up on George Cotsanis' The Pioneers/My World Is Round podcast series. It's just an attempt at compiling things I found interesting and relevant to South Melbourne while listening to the various episodes. At best, it will be updated slowly and sporadically.

Episodes with no South references
Peter Drury; John Grimaud;

John Dimtsis
Reminiscing about derby days, and the large crowds that would all turn up at the last moment.

South Melbourne was probably the best for post-match hospitality to the referees.

Ian Dobson
Only passing references.

Charlie Egan
Was told by someone not to sign for South Melbourne, because everybody else had signed. Egan notes that there were five forwards in that 1982 squad, but he believed in his own ability. After scoring the winning goal against Heidelberg in the 1982 Ampol Cup, his was on his way.

Egan notes when arriving in the Hellas changerooms that he was gobsmacked to see Liverpool legend Alun Evans in person.

As was the case at the time, there were also several fellow Scots in the team (such as Jim Shirra), some of whom Egan had played with or against back in Scotland.

Egan says that Tommy Docherty was in Australia more for a good time than serious football, but that everyone benefited from listening to Docherty's stories, and that the man loved an audience. He notes that there were several stories that apparently can't be mentioned in public, but on one trip to Wollongong in 1982, Egan relates the story of how while the accommodation was good (and that Hellas always looked after its players on that front), Docherty didn't want to eat in the hotel restaurant, and so the team went to the best Chinese restaurant in town.

The team ate and drank (the latter apparently not usually the done thing on the day before a match) until closing time. The next morning, the team was due to have its usual early morning training session on the day of the game, but Docherty was nowhere to be seen. Then captain Arthur Xanthopoulos went to Docherty's room, finding that the coach was still asleep. When woken, Docherty asked what was going on, and when Xanthopoulos explained that the team was supposed to perform a training session. Docherty pointed out the window to a hill, told the team to walk up it, then walk down, and that after they'd done that he'd see them at breakfast.

Asked what type of coach Len McKendry was, Egan says that he was a superb tactician. The better the players were at his disposal, the more he was able to get out of a team. He was able to also improve the techniques of players - in Egan's case, disciplining his natural "off the cuff" style into something more consistent/smarter.

On Egan's exit from South Melbourne to Brunswick Juventus, he notes that he was captain in a cup game, where there was no pre-existing agreement in terms of the match payment. Asked by the squad to act as their representative, Egan went to the committee to inquire about the matter. When the committee confronted the squad about the issue, only Gary McDowell backed up Egan. Egan felt that after that incident that he had to go, but bears no hard feelings about the matter.

John Margaritis was a comedian - Egan jokes that he thinks Margaritis used his apparently "broken" English to his advantage. 

Mike Hill
Brief mention of commentating his first NSL match, Sydney Olympic vs South Melbourne, in round 1 1977.

Goran Lozanovski
On how he got to South Melbourne:
South Melbourne happened because of Collingwood Warriors falling apart. Ange (Postecoglou) came in and poached anyone he could out of Collingwood Warriors.

Ange came knocking and called me up for a meeting, we had a conversation. and I said to him as far as I'm concerned South Melbourne right now is one of the top two clubs in the country, and I think the club's in a great position to maybe progress and win some titles."
On the reaction of South fans to him vis a vis the 'Macedonian' issue:
Donikian: How were the fans - they are vociferous - what were the fans like?

Lozanovski: That was my biggest fear, that I was going to get criticised for my heritage more than anything else, and I was scared about that at one stage. But fortunately it worked out well, they respected and appreciated my efforts.
Loza also spoke about the extra sessions that some of the more full-time players were able to put in under Ange; he also talks about arguing with Con Boutsianis about free kick duties and techniques, as well as admiring each other's work on that front. Loza also mentions that he could have left South earlier on a transfer, but the club wanted to keep him for the back-to-back run.

On Mike Petersen:
I got to know him a lot more when I was at South Melbourne... what a footballer - he wasn't a goal scoring machine, but keeping possession and finding targets he was amazing. My first year at South Melbourne he was broken, but he could still do it, he could still knock a ball and hit you on the nose, he was unbelievable.
Some World Club Championship tidbits: Steve Panopoulos got David Beckham's shirt at the Club World Championship. Loza got Ryan Giggs' shirt, though Giggs didn't play on that day. Roy Keane put the sarcastic Man United players bagging the semi-pro South players in their place.

Nick Meredith
Meredith recalls making his NSL debut against South at Middle Park (which would've been round 4, 1986) and getting hit by a pie thrown by a kid when Meredith was coming off the field. Nick also notes that Melbourne soccer fans were more passionate than Sydney fans.

Robert Runje
Remembers that a very young Paul Trimboli was the best "shielder" of the ball he'd come across.

Had the opportunity to play with South Melbourne - but while Runje was trialling with South, Brian Garvey was overseas at the time, and the South committee had delayed in offering Runje an answer as to whether he would be signed. Runje ended up at Preston instead.

Willie Vassallo
Fleeting reference to Len McKendry coaching Green Gully, just prior to getting the job with South in the NSL midway through 1983.

Dennis Voutsinas
Dennis was due to referee Preston vs South Melbourne sometime in 1987 or 88 at Connor Reserve. He got a knock on the door, the then sergeant of Reservoir police asked to speak with him. The game was delayed 30 minutes due to some sort of threat. 

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