Soccer Ashes

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The Soccer Ashes was a soccer trophy contested by Australia and New Zealand between the 1920s and 1950s.[1][2]


The concept of awarding a trophy made of ashes was inspired by the Ashes urn awarded to the winner of series between Australia and England in cricket.

The Soccer Ashes were created after New Zealand defeated Australia in a series in 1923. The ashes consisted of the remains of cigars smoked by the two captains, Alec Gibb (Australia) and George Campbell (New Zealand). The ashes were encased in a razor case used by a New Zealand soldier during the Gallipoli campaign during World War I. The case was then set in wood from both countries.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Rugari, Vince; Bossi, Dominic (11 April 2019). "FFA backing fresh push to find the lost 'Soccer Ashes'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  2. ^ Bertram, Gavin (22 April 2015). "Anzac Ashes the forgotten sporting battle played between Australia and New Zealand". Stuff. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Soccer Ashes". Sun-Herald. 5 September 1954. Retrieved 19 February 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "The Soccer Ashes of Australasia". Hawera & Normanby Star. 3 May 1924. Retrieved 19 February 2014 – via National Library of New Zealand.