The Australian football world was saddened to learn of the passing of Socceroo number 148, Alan Garside.
Mr Garside was surrounded by friends and family as he passed away peacefully on the evening of Sunday, May 23.
A prolific scorer, Mr Garside made his 'A' international debut against South Africa in October, 1955 in Newcastle. He also play four 'B' internationals between 1953 and 1957.
Up until his passing, he was considered the second oldest Socceroo.
Mr Garside began playing soccer as an 11-year-old in 1937 for Granville.
He went on to represent his region, and New South Wales, with distinction at representative level, before being selected for Australia.
A leg injury shortened the former Socceroo's career.
Mr Garside was also a good cricket player, a feared fast bowler who played for Granville and in one season took 50 wickets
He worked as a milkman throughout his decorated life.
The Garside family name is synonymous with Granville Soccer football and Garside Park, the former home ground of the Granville Magpies, is named in honour of his father Frank Sr.
Due to his contribution to Granville football, the Alan Garside Cup is now a feature of the Granville and Districts Soccer Football Association's annual calendar for Under 15's mixed teams.
Mr Garside, had the opportunity to wear an Australian jersey again after a special visit from another former Socceroo, Mark Bosnich, at the Ferndale nursing home in March.
During the visit, that saw family and friends in attendance, Mr Garside said it was an honour to meet Mr Bosnich and shared his fond memories of playing for the Socceroos.
Georges River Mayor Kevin Grene said he was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Garside.
"It was only 10 weeks ago that I visited him as he was presented with the latest Socceroos shirt by Mark Bosnich," he said.
"At that time Alan reflected on his playing days in the 1950's, as one of Australia's earliest Socceroos.
"Alan was surrounded by relatives and friends and I extend to them my deepest sympathies.
"Alan was easy to converse with and very humble considering his successful sporting career."
Alan Garside was 94-years-old at the time of his passing.
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