Frank Parsons was an Australian retired soccer player who played as a striker for the Australia national soccer team. He played his club football for Adamstown and Leichhardt-Annandale.[1][2]

Youth

He attended Adamstown Public School.

Playing career

Club career

Parsons began his senior club career with Adamstown before moving to Sydney to play for Leichhardt-Annandale.[3]

He announced his retirement several times, citing scrutiny from referees and politics.[1][4][5][6]

International career

In 1948 he made his debut for Australia in a match against New Zealand. Throughout the duration of his career, Parsons scored 16 goals for Australia including 6 in one game against New Zealand.[1]

After retirement

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After retiring from football he decided to get in involved in Football administration joining the newly formed NSW Soccer Federation.[1] He was later the principal for Excelsior Public School in Sydney. He was the principal of Shelley Public School Blacktown in 1966.

Parsons died in January 2021.[7]

Honours

In 1999, Parsons was inducted into the Soccer Australia Hall of Fame (now known as the Football Australia Hall of Fame).[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Parsons, Frank. "Interviews with Formeroos - Frank Parsons". OzFootball (Interview). Interviewed by Greg Stock. Archived from the original on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Parsons Stars In Soccer Win". The Sydney Morning Herald (35, 123). New South Wales, Australia. 17 July 1950. p. 6. Retrieved 3 November 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Newcomer to 1st grade Soccer scores 6 of Adamstown's 9 goals". The Sun (2143). New South Wales, Australia. 23 April 1944. p. 3 (SPORTS SECTION). Retrieved 3 November 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Parsons "Disgusted" - To Give Up Soccer". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 May 1950. p. 6. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Parsons Retires". The Sydney Morning Herald (35, 477). New South Wales, Australia. 5 September 1951. p. 10. Retrieved 3 November 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Soccer Test star retires". The Sun-Herald. New South Wales, Australia. 21 March 1954. p. 41. Retrieved 3 November 2020 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Vale Frank Parsons". www.socceroos.com.au/. Football Australia. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame - 1999 Inductees". MyFootball. Football Federation Australia. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2020.