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Sporting Person: QUILL, ALFRED, Soccer
Quill, Alf
Type Sporting Person
Person Details QUILL, ALFRED
Sport Details Soccer
Member of the Sporting Hall of Fame Yes
Biography The mention of Alf Quill usually brings smiling responses form the legendary Reg Date, "He scored more goals than I did!". Coming from a former Australian International, ranked among the greatest soccer strikers this country has produced, that is quite a tribute to Alfred Louis Quill.
Born in Sydney in 1910, Quill is acknowledged as one of Australia's finest soccer players in a twenty-three year period from 1927. In that time he added to his reputation by forming with Date, his Wallsend team mate, the most lethal strike force in the game. An inside forward possessing all the requisite skills, Quill scored a first class career total of 868 gaols. His tally from all games at senior level was 1002.
Quill spent the 1927-1930 seasons in Sydney, playing for Pyrmont and Annandale-Leichardt, before moving to Newcastle to play in the 1930-1933 seasons with Wallsend. After spending 1935-1936 with the highly successful Sydney club Goodyear, Quill returned to Wallsend to play out his career, apart from a brief time with the Lake Macquarie Club in 1949.
Quill is credited with having played seven international fixtures for Australia, and also wore the green and gold against South Africa, China and Palestine, fixtures not recognised by the FIFA. Quill also represented New South Wales in offical games against every other state. After retiring Quill coached Wallsend for eight years and later became manager for the Newcastle KB United Youth Team, when it was in the national league.
Cricket was another of his sporting interests and he was a member of the Wallsend first grade side for ten years between 1939 and 1949.
Achievements STATE:
1932 - Interstate Carnival (Sydney)
INTERNATIONAL:
1939 - Australia V's Palestine
1941 - Australia V's China
1947 - Australia V's South Africa
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