Words: ACFC Media
Monday 20 June 2022
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Auckland City FC was proud to host the 1982 All Whites as guests of Club Ambassador and former logistics manager Arthur Egan at Saturday's Chatham Cup 3rd Round tie with Manukau United.
It is 40 years since the All Whites qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. A gruelling 15-match qualification campaign that culminated in a dramatic 2-1 playoff win over China in neutral Singapore heralded the greatest achievement in New Zealand football up to that point.
Club Ambassador Arthur Egan was part of that campaign as a key member of John Adshead's backroom staff as the All Whites went on to face Scotland (2-5), the USSR (0-3) and Brazil (0-4).
Egan, who was logistics manager with Auckland City FC between 2004 and 2016, was appointed as Club Ambassador in 2017 and has hosted many special guests at Kiwitea Street including many of the Football Ferns legends, colleagues from clubs formerly part of the New Zealand Football Championship such as Waitakere United, match officials from the past and key administrators.
"It was a very nice honour to be able to host the 1982 All Whites at Kiwitea Street. It is hard to believe it was 40 years ago the team played at the FIFA World Cup.
"To see Kevin Fallon, Bobby Almond, Barry Pickering, Brian Turner, Glenn Dodds, Keith McKay and their families here was very special for me, Auckland City FC and the squad," Egan said.
Club chairperson Ivan Vuksich was also happy to see the 1982 All Whites enjoy the hospitality of Kiwitea Street.
"The 1982 All Whites hold a dear place in the heart of many people in the football community who remember the trials and tribulations of attempting to reach the FIFA World Cup and then playing in it.
"The game owes the players a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid adequately - they opened the door to the world for everyone in our sport to test themselves on the world stage.
"I hope everyone enjoyed our hospitality and that we get to mark the 50th anniversary with equal gusto," he said.
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