Sporting Person: WENDT, DOUGLAS, Soccer
|Member of the Sporting Hall of Fame
IN an era when the North was a production line for top footballers (soccer) Doug Wendt earned a reputation for more than his playing ability.
As an example of all the characteristics of fair play the game had to offer Wendt was admired far and wide.
His unruffled temperament saw him in command of the situation even when the atmosphere became tense.
Yet 'Doughie' as he was known lacked nothing in determination as he went about his duties in either the half-back or full-back positions.
Wendt played originally with New Lambton and Police Boys' Club in juniors, then joined Adamstown for his senior debut in the late 1940s.
But in the 1950s he gained further kudos with Auburn in the NSW State League.
He played around 20 games for NSW from 1949 to 1955.
It was no surprise when he broke into the Australian team for two Tests against China in 1953 after being a reserve against England two years earlier.
In 1954 he represented Australia against New Zealand and in 1955 played against the Austrian Rapids and in three Tests against South Africa.
After several years with Auburn he played briefly with Gladesville before a knee injury ended his career while with Sydney Austral.
Wendt's sporting talent was not confined to football.
He was a respected cricketer, opening the batting with Police Boys' Club in the City and Suburban competition before switching to Lambton-New Lambton district club and representing Combined Country.
1953 Australia v China (1st & 3rd Tests)
1955 Australia v Austria Rapids (5th Test)
1955 Australia v South Africa (2nd 3rd and 4th Tests)
1950 NSW v Queensland
1951 NSW v England
1952 NSW v Queensland, Victoria
1953 NSW v China
1955 NSW v Victoria
1955 NSW v South Africa
1949 North v Rest
1949 The Rest v NSW
1949 The Rest v NSW
1950 NSW v Australia
1951 The Rest v Australian XI
1952 AustralianXI v The Rest
1954 NSW v The Rest