China XI tour of Australia, 1927


The Chinese team which undertook a tour of Australia in 1927 was not a formal representative national team of China and was not selected by any particular governing body, but was instead an independent selection sponsored by the tour's promoters who were Shanghai businessmen. However, it was a strong selection comprising many of the best players in Hong Kong and Shanghai, captained by China's star footballer Lee Wai-Tong. Most of the players had played some form of international football previously (either representing China at the Far Eastern Games or representing Hong Kong or Shanghai in Interport matches). Some sources labelled the Chinese team as a "combined universities team", but it was not a restricted team; many of the best Chinese footballers were indeed university students, but the selection was not based on this criterion. In a sense, this touring team was more representative of China as a whole than the team which formally represented China at the Far Eastern Games in August 1927; the latter was selected from Hong Kong clubs only, a privilege earned when "Southern China" (Hong Kong) had defeated "Eastern China" (Shanghai) in the Chinese Interport match in February 1927.

The tour manager was Prof. Leslie Kwong Kwang-Lim, an Australian-born Chinese university professor based in Shanghai with links to the Loh Hwa Athletic Club; a detailed biography is given on the website of Harvard University. In February he had travelled to Australia to negotiate terms with the Australian Soccer Football Association, which accepted the tour on the attractive premise that all expenses of the visiting team were to be paid by Chinese promoters.

The team left Hong Kong on 23rd April aboard the Aki Maru and arrived in Sydney on 13th May. Practice sessions were held during stopovers at Manila, Thursday Island, and Brisbane. They spent the following three months touring the country, playing against representative teams of local associations. They also faced the Australian national team in three "Test matches", none of which are recognised as full internationals by the present-day incarnation of the Australian governing body, though it is somewhat ambiguous whether they were recognised as such at the time.

It had been planned to continue the tour into September but it ended abruptly on 6th August following the match at Weston, when several (not all) of the players went on strike. Four of the best players (Lai Yuk-Tat, Wong Shui-Wah, Tso Kwai-Shing, and Chan Kwong-Yiu) had been recalled to Hong Kong aboard the Tango Maru a few days earlier in order to join the Southern China selection which was to represent China in the 1927 Far Eastern Games at Shanghai. This left only 11 players in Australia to fulfil the remaining fixtures, leading to strained relations among the group. The striking players refused to continue the tour, demanding what was termed as "a month's indemnity" amounting to £9 per player. The A.S.F.A. acceded to this demand but was then faced with a further demand by seven of the players, headed by the assistant manager Mr Woo, for "two months indemnity". The tour was abandoned and several fixtures scheduled in Queensland were cancelled, causing financial loss to the local association.

The tour had not been successful from a monetary point of view, with the visitors being the only losers as the local associations were in the splendid position of taking 10% of the gate receipts but having no expenses except for local advertising. A Chinese syndicate had been formed to bring the team to Australia, paying for all expenses including transport and accommodation etc. It was in Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia that the financial losses were made, whereas the matches in New South Wales and Queensland returned reasonable profit. Overall, the Chinese promoters sustained losses of over £2000.

The tour party departed from Sydney on 13th August aboard the St Albans. En route home, the team came ashore when their ship called at Townsville and Cairns and they played against local representative selections; these two games were not considered part of the official tour itinerary. Reportedly, they also played two games at Sandakan (British North Borneo) before arriving at Hong Kong on 6th September. There, the Shanghai players remained for some days, playing exhibition and fund-raising matches as guest players for local clubs, before returning home. The following season, the Loh Hwa Athletic Club (captained by Lee Wai-Tong) became the first Chinese team to win the Shanghai league championship, while the Chinese Athletic Association won the Hong Kong league title for the first time.


Team

See list of players for Chinese script and alternative spellings of names.

 Goalkeeper:  Chou Hsien-Yen (Loh Hwa A.C., Shanghai)
 Full-backs:  Lee Tin-Sang (South China A.A., Hong Kong), Lai Yuk-Tat (Chinese Athletic A., Hong Kong) [vice-captain],
              Lau Kau (Chinese Athletic A., Hong Kong)
 Half-backs:  Leung Yuk-Tong (Chinese Athletic A., Hong Kong), Wong Shui-Wah (Chinese Athletic A., Hong Kong),
              Pang Wah-Hing (South China A.A., Hong Kong), Kwok Po-Kan (South China A.A., Hong Kong),
              Chan Chen-Wo (Loh Hwa A.C., Shanghai)
 Forwards:    Tso Kwai-Shing (Chinese Athletic A., Hong Kong), Mak Kwok-Tung (Chinese Athletic A., Hong Kong),
              Chan Kwong-Yiu (Chinese Athletic A., Hong Kong), Fung King-Cheung (South China A.A., Hong Kong),
              Tai Lin-Ching (Loh Hwa A.C., Shanghai), Lee Wai-Tong (Loh Hwa A.C., Shanghai) [captain].
 Manager:     Professor Leslie Kwong Kwang-Lim
 Assistant:   Woo Cheong-Yuen
 Secretary:   Leslie Kwong Ping-Kai

Notes: Professor Kwong was born in Port Darwin (Australia) and his brother Leslie was born in Cairns.
       Chan Chen-Wo was born in Batavia (Dutch East Indies).

Team photo (link to Australian newspaper archive).


Results In Australia (P30 W13 D3 L14 F86 A89) 14- 5-1927 Sydney New South Wales 6-3 China XI Royal Agricultural Ground 18- 5-1927 Sydney Sydney Metropolis 2-0 China XI Royal Agricultural Ground 21- 5-1927 Newcastle Newcastle 7-2 China XI Hobart Park 25- 5-1927 Melbourne Victoria 3-4 China XI Melbourne Cricket Ground 28- 5-1927 Adelaide South Australia 2-4 China XI Jubilee Oval 4- 6-1927 Fremantle Western Australia 1-4 China XI Fremantle Oval 6- 6-1927 Perth Western Australia 1-2 China XI Cottesloe Oval 11- 6-1927 Perth Western Australia 4-0 China XI Cottesloe Oval 16- 6-1927 Adelaide South Australia 1-7 China XI Jubilee Oval 18- 6-1927 Adelaide Australia XI 0-3 China XI Jubilee Oval 23- 6-1927 Melbourne Metropolitan Assoc. 0-5 China XI Melbourne Cricket Ground 25- 6-1927 Melbourne Victoria 4-3 China XI Fitzroy Cricket Ground 29- 6-1927 Melbourne Victoria 6-2 China XI Melbourne Cricket Ground 2- 7-1927 Melbourne Australia XI 6-2 China XI Fitzroy Cricket Ground 7- 7-1927 Sydney Sydney Metropolis 0-4 China XI Sydney Cricket Ground No. 2 9- 7-1927 Sydney Australia 6-1 China XI [1st "test"] Royal Agricultural Ground 12- 7-1927 Sydney Gladesville-Ryde 1-3 China XI Gladesville Sports Ground 13- 7-1927 Newcastle Newcastle 4-1 China XI Hobart Park 16- 7-1927 Brisbane Australia 7-4 China XI [2nd "test"] Exhibition Ground 18- 7-1927 Brisbane Brisbane 3-6 China XI Exhibition Ground 20- 7-1927 Ipswich Ipswich & West Moreton 2-0 China XI North Ipswich Recreation Reserve 23- 7-1927 Newcastle Australia 1-1 China XI [3rd "test"] Hobart Park 25- 7-1927 Cessnock South Maitland 0-0 China XI The Extended Ground 27- 7-1927 Kurri Kurri South Maitland 3-3 China XI Drill Hall Ground 30- 7-1927 Wollongong Illawarra District 6-3 China XI Bodes Oval 3- 8-1927 Sydney Gladesville-Ryde 3-0 China XI Gladesville Sports Ground 4- 8-1927 Sydney Sydney Metropolis 1-6 China XI Sydney Sports Ground 6- 8-1927 Weston South Maitland 4-2 China XI Homestead Grounds 8- 8-1927 Stanthorpe [CANCELLED] 18- 8-1927 Townsville Townsville 3-7 China XI North Ward Sports Reserve 20- 8-1927 Cairns Cairns 2-4 China XI Norman Park Notes: The latter two matches were played en route home after the team had set sail from Sydney, and were not regarded as part of the formal tour itinerary. A Chinese source lists an additional match on 8-8-1927 (as a 4-0 win for China) but no evidence of this has been found in Australian newspapers, which instead reported on the abandonment of the remaining tour matches in Queensland due to the majority of the Chinese players going on strike, as discussed above. The scheduled fixture for 8-8-1927 was to be at Stanthorpe, but the official tour report by the Australian Soccer Football Association mentions explicitly that the Stanthorpe match was cancelled along with all the remaining fixtures. It is possible that some sort of informal match was played instead. In North Borneo (en route) The team played two matches at Sandakan, winning both.
Details 14- 5-1927 Sydney New South Wales 6-3 China XI [HT 3-2] Royal Agricultural Ground, 12000 [Veigel (1-1), Masters (2-1) (4-2) (5-2) (6-3), Hain (3-1) / Lee Wai-Tong (0-1) (3-2) pen, Tai Lin-Ching (5-3)] New South Wales: Ted Atchison (Granville); Eddie Hodge (Cessnock), Percy Moore (Wallsend); Frank Coolahan (West Wallsend), Gilbert Storey (Balmain), Harry Spurway (Gladesville-Ryde); Joe Hain (Gladesville-Ryde), Alex Cameron (Adamstown), James 'Judy' Masters (Balgownie) [c], Arthur 'Bulgie' Veigel (Woonona), Bill Kerr (Corrimal). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo (Mak Kwok-Tung); Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: A.W.Bates. 18- 5-1927 Sydney Sydney Metropolis 2-0 China XI [HT 0-0] Royal Agricultural Ground, 8000 [Hayes 63', McCaw (2-0)] Metropolis: Harry McKissock (Gladesville-Ryde); S.G.Montgomery (Gladesville-Ryde), Bill Brown (Canterbury); Eddie Jarrett (Woonona), E.Gowans (Thirroul), Billy Byers (Balmain); Tom Green (Balgownie), Charlie Hayes (St George), Harold McCaw (St George), Bob Kyle (Gladesville-Ryde), A.Thompson (Annandale-Leichhardt). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: T.Leighton. 21- 5-1927 Newcastle Newcastle 7-2 China XI [HT 4-1] Hobart Park [Cameron (1-0) (3-1) (7-2), O'Brien (2-1), Russell (4-1) (5-1) (6-2) / Tai Lin-Ching (1-1), Lee Wai-Tong (5-2)] Newcastle: Phil Jordan (New Lambton); Arch Harris (Adamstown), Percy Moore (Wallsend); Frank Coolahan (West Wallsend), Clarrie Coutts (West Wallsend) [c], Jack Bush (Adamstown); Charles 'Wagga' James (West Wallsend), Alex Cameron (Adamstown), George Russell (Adamstown), J. 'Dinny' O'Brien (Wallsend), Ted Spruce (New Lambton). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: Val Lane. 25- 5-1927 Melbourne Victoria 3-4 China XI [HT 0-1] Melbourne Cricket Ground [Hodgkinson (1-1) (2-4), Grieves (3-4) / Tso Kwai-Shing (0-1) (1-2), Lee Wai-Tong (1-3), Leung Yuk-Tong (1-4)] Victoria: Harry Bingham; Hubbard, Jim Willis; Issard, W.Calderwood, George Semple; Joe Grieves, R.Thompson, W.Lawrence, Johnny Orr, L.Hodgkinson. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. 28- 5-1927 Adelaide South Australia 2-4 China XI [HT 1-3] Jubilee Oval [Draper (1-0) pen, Kinsman (2-3) / Lee Wai-Tong (1-1) pen (2-4), Tai Lin-Ching (1-2) pen, Fung King-Cheung (1-3)] S.Australia: Ralph Barons; Jack Mitchell, Dan David; Charles Harrison, Frank Draper [c], Fred Oppenshaw; Jimmy Robertson, Peter Robertson, Tommy Willoughby, Reg Roach, George Kinsman. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Tai Lin-Ching, Fung King-Cheung, Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: J.Holford. 4- 6-1927 Fremantle Western Australia 1-4 China XI [HT 0-2] Fremantle Oval, 4000 [J.Gordon 57' / Tai Lin-Ching 10' 25', Lee Wai-Tong 75', Fung King-Cheung 78'] W.Australia: Alexander Marr (Caledonians); Ernie Nicholls (Claremont), J.McIntosh (Casuals); Andy Gordon (Casuals) [c], George McKenzie (Victoria Park), L.Harden (Armadale); Eric Wilderspin (Perth City), Jack Conduit (Perth City), Jim Gordon (Casuals), Ben Newall (Caledonians), J.Daniels (North Perth). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: S.Major. 6- 6-1927 Perth Western Australia 1-2 China XI [HT 1-2] Cottesloe Oval, 5000 [Conduit (1-0) / Lee Wai-Tong (1-1) 40'] W.Australia: Alexander Marr (Caledonians); Ernie Nicholls (Claremont), Vic Hall (Perth City); Andy Gordon (Casuals) [c], George McKenzie (Victoria Park), Harold Boys (Claremont); J.Speedie (Caledonians), Jack Conduit (Perth City), Jim Gordon (Casuals), Ben Newall (Caledonians), Ted Jones (Caledonians). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: G.Brown. 11- 6-1927 Perth Western Australia 4-0 China XI [HT 0-0] Cottesloe Oval, 1500 [Guthrie 48' (3-0), Newall (2-0) 82'] W.Australia: Alexander Marr (Caledonians); Ernie Nicholls (Claremont), Sydney Hinton (Thistle); Andy Gordon (Casuals) [c], George McKenzie (Victoria Park), Harold Boys (Claremont); Eric Wilderspin (Perth City), A. 'Tom' Guthrie (Caledonians), Jim Gordon (Casuals), Ben Newall (Caledonians), Ted Jones (Victoria Park). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: R.S.Pepworth. 16- 6-1927 Adelaide South Australia 1-7 China XI [HT 0-5] Jubilee Oval [Oppenshaw (1-6) / Chan Kwong-Yiu (0-1), Lee Wai-Tong (0-2), Tso Kwai-Shing (0-3) (1-7), Tai Lin-Ching (0-4), Fung King-Cheung (0-5), Kwok Po-Kan (0-6)] S.Australia: Eric Noden; Jack Mitchell, Will Faulkner [c]; Charles Harrison, Fred Oppenshaw, Charlie Deacon; W.Bell, Bob Cameron, T.Sweeney, Reg Roach, J.McCulloch. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lai Yuk-Tat, Lee Tin-Sang; Mak Kwok-Tung, Wong Shui-Wah, Leung Yuk-Tong; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. [Sub: Kwok Po-Kan.] Referee: William Ashworth. Note: China made three substitutions for the second half. 18- 6-1927 Adelaide Australia XI 0-3 China XI [HT 0-3] Jubilee Oval [Lee Wai-Tong (0-1), Tai Lin-Ching (0-2) (0-3)] Australia XI: Ralph Barons (S.A.); Jack Mitchell (S.A.), W.Ramsey (S.A.); Charles Harrison (S.A.), Frank Draper (S.A.) [c], Fred Oppenshaw (S.A.); W.Bell (S.A.), Peter Robertson (S.A.), W.Calderwood (Vic.), Reg Roach (S.A.), L.Hodgkinson (Vic.). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. 23- 6-1927 Melbourne Metropolitan Soccer Association 0-5 China XI [HT 0-2] [Tai Lin-Ching x4, Fung King-Cheung] Melbourne Cricket Ground M.S.A.: Reg Smith; Scull, Jim Willis; ?, W.Calderwood, George Semple; Joe Grieves, ?, ?, ?, L.Hodgkinson. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Mak Kwok-Tung, Wong Shui-Wah, Leung Yuk-Tong; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. 25- 6-1927 Melbourne Victoria 4-3 China XI [HT 0-1] Fitzroy Cricket Ground [Orr (1-1) (2-2), Grieves (3-2), Thompson 90' / Lee Wai-Tong 40', Fung King-Cheung (1-2), Tai Lin-Ching (3-3)] Victoria: Harry Bingham; Scull, Jim Willis; Charlie O'Connor, W.Calderwood, George Semple; Joe Grieves, R.Thompson, Johnny Johnstone, Johnny Orr, Keay. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, ?; ?, Wong Shui-Wah, ?; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Note: Semple left the field due to injury with the score at 2-2. 29- 6-1927 Melbourne Victoria 6-2 China XI [HT 4-1] Melbourne Cricket Ground [Calderwood 5', Bailey (2-0), Grieves (3-1), Lai Yuk-Tat (4-1) OG, Hodgkinson (5-1), Johnstone (6-2) / Tai Lin-Ching (2-1) (5-2)] Victoria: Reg Smith; Inglis, W.Osbaldiston; Charlie O'Connor, W.Calderwood, Johnson; Joe Grieves, Johnny Johnstone, Ogilvy, J.Bailey, L.Hodgkinson. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Mak Kwok-Tung, Wong Shui-Wah, Leung Yuk-Tong; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: Jackson. Note: this was a charity match for Melbourne hospitals. 2- 7-1927 Melbourne Australia XI 6-2 China XI [HT 2-1] Fitzroy Cricket Ground [Johnstone (1-1) (5-1), Bennie (2-1) (6-1), Grieves (3-1) (4-1) / Lee Wai-Tong (0-1), Tai Lin-Ching 89'] Australia XI: Harry Bingham (Vic.); Scull (Vic.), W.Osbaldiston (Vic.); Charlie O'Connor (Vic.), W.Calderwood (Vic.), George Semple (Vic.); Joe Grieves (Vic.), Johnny Johnstone (Vic.), Alec Bennie (N.S.W.), Johnny Orr (Vic.), L.Hodgkinson (Vic.). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Mak Kwok-Tung; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. 7- 7-1927 Sydney Sydney Metropolis 0-4 China XI [HT 0-1] Sydney Cricket Ground No. 2, 1200 [Fung King-Cheung (0-1), Tai Lin-Ching (0-2), Lee Wai-Tong (0-3) (0-4)] Metropolis: Ted Atchison (Granville); Jim Crum (Annandale-Leichhardt) [c], Les Forrester (St George); Gilbert Storey (Balmain), W. 'Sailor' Salvage (Eastern Suburbs), A. 'Bluey' McLaren (Canterbury); Joe Hain (Gladesville-Ryde), George McFarlane (Gladesville-Ryde), Billy McCarthy (Canterbury), Bob Kyle (Gladesville-Ryde), A.Thompson (Annandale-Leichhardt). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: W.Clark. 9- 7-1927 Sydney Australia 6-1 China XI [HT 1-0] Royal Agricultural Ground, 8000 [Cameron (1-0) (4-1), Park (2-1), Thompson (3-1), Robertson (5-1) 89' / Chan Kwong-Yiu 50'] Australia: Harry McKissock (N.S.W.); Jim Crum (N.S.W.), Eddie Hodge (N.S.W.); Frank Coolahan (N.S.W.), Clarrie Coutts (N.S.W.), Andy Park (Qld); Stan Bourke (N.S.W.), Alex Cameron (N.S.W.), James 'Judy' Masters (N.S.W.) [c], Tom Thompson (N.S.W.), Bert Robertson (N.S.W.). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: W.Wright. Note: China's goalkeeper Chou left the field due to injury with the score at 5-1; Fung replaced him as goalkeeper. 12- 7-1927 Sydney Gladesville-Ryde 1-3 China XI [HT 0-0] Gladesville Sports Ground, 2000 [Smith 47' / Lee Wai-Tong (1-1) (1-2), Tai Lin-Ching (1-3)] Gladesville-Ryde: G.Laidlaw; S.G.Montgomery [c], Eric Pont; Jack Bradley, Harry Spurway, Jimmy Dey; Joe Hain, George McFarlane, J.Smith, Bob Kyle, Bert Robertson. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Mak Kwok-Tung (Fung King-Cheung 46'), Wong Shui-Wah, Leung Yuk-Tong; Tso Kwai-Shing, Chan Chen-Wo, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: G.Skelley. 13- 7-1927 Newcastle Newcastle 4-1 China XI [HT 2-1] Hobart Park [O'Brien (1-0) (2-1) (3-1), Coates (4-1) / Lee Wai-Tong (1-1)] Newcastle: J.Coutts (West Wallsend); Arch Harris (Adamstown), Jimmy Woods (West Wallsend); Vince Turnbull (Adamstown), Clarrie Coutts (West Wallsend), Lawson Bailey (Adamstown); Charles 'Wagga' James (West Wallsend), Alex Cameron (Adamstown), R.Coates (Holmesville), J. 'Dinny' O'Brien (Wallsend), D.McLauchlan (West Wallsend). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: F.Harvey. 16- 7-1927 Brisbane Australia 7-4 China XI [HT 2-3] Exhibition Ground, 10000 [Steele (1-0), Clarke (2-0) 89', Robertson (3-4) 70', Cameron 83', Chan Chen-Wo (6-4) OG / Fung King-Cheung 20' 35', Lee Wai-Tong (2-2) pen, Chan Kwong-Yiu 47'] Australia: Teddy Owen (Qld); Len Viertel (Qld), Tom Traynor (Qld); Bert Murray (Qld), Angus Marshall (Qld), Andy Park (Qld) [c]; J.E. 'Toddy' Edwards (N.S.W.), Alex Cameron (N.S.W.), Les Clarke (Qld), Johnny Steele (Qld), Bert Robertson (N.S.W.). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: W.E.Donnellan. 18- 7-1927 Brisbane Brisbane 3-6 China XI [HT 3-4] Exhibition Ground, 6000 [Cattermole 4' (2-1), May (3-1) / Lee Wai-Tong (1-1) 40' (3-6), Tai Lin-Ching (3-2), Fung King-Cheung (3-3), Chan Kwong-Yiu 65'] Brisbane: Jim Perrotte; Len Viertel, Tom Traynor; Bert Murray, Angus Marshall, Andy Park; George Hoskins, Ed Casey, Jock May, Johnny Steele, Charlie Cattermole. China; Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Tai Lin-Ching, Fung King-Cheung, Chan Kwong-Yiu. Note: this was the first match ever played under floodlights in Australia. 20- 7-1927 Ipswich Ipswich & West Moreton 2-0 China XI [HT 1-0] North Ipswich Recreation Reserve [Nunn (1-0), Hainsworth 75'] Ipswich: W.Sander; Billy Oliver, Roy Woolley; J. 'Fatty' Williams, Len Warrell, Jack Kitching; J.E. 'Toddy' Edwards, Cecil Nunn, Tommy Hainsworth, Percy Jarvis, J.Henderson. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Tai Lin-Ching, Fung King-Cheung, Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: J.Bowman. 23- 7-1927 Newcastle Australia 1-1 China XI [HT 1-0] Hobart Park [O'Brien (1-0) / Lee Wai-Tong (1-1)] Australia: Harry McKissock (N.S.W.); Arch Harris (N.S.W.), Eddie Hodge (N.S.W.); Frank Coolahan (N.S.W.), Clarrie Coutts (N.S.W.), Lawson Bailey (N.S.W.); Stan Bourke (N.S.W.), Alex Cameron (N.S.W.), Jackie Mannion (N.S.W.), J. 'Dinny' O'Brien (N.S.W.), Jack Drinkwater (N.S.W.). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lai Yuk-Tat; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Tai Lin-Ching, Fung King-Cheung, Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: Lane. 25- 7-1927 Cessnock South Maitland 0-0 China XI The Extended Ground, 5000 S.Maitland: Harry Ashcroft (Kurri Kurri); W.Victor (Cessnock), Jim Farrey (Kurri Kurri) [c]; Tom Shakespeare (Aberdare), Jack 'Digger' Evans (Aberdare), E.Hill (Aberdare); Percy Williams (Weston), Jackie Mannion (Weston), Syd Masters (Kurri Kurri), R.Gibson (Weston), Harold Pringle (Kurri Kurri). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Mak Kwok-Tung, Wong Shui-Wah, Chan Chen-Wo; Tso Kwai-Shing, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Kwok Po-Kan, Chan Kwong-Yiu. Referee: J.Gilmore. 27- 7-1927 Kurri Kurri South Maitland 3-3 China XI [HT 0-1] Drill Hall Ground [Mannion (1-2) 89', Williams (2-3) / Wong Shui-Wah 30' 47', Fung King-Cheung (1-3)] S.Maitland: Harry Ashcroft (Kurri Kurri); Jim Beddow (Kurri Kurri), Eddie Hodge (Cessnock); R. 'Sept' Kidd (Kurri Kurri) [c], Charlie Thompson (Weston), Jim Farrey (Kurri Kurri); Percy Williams (Weston), Jock Mackay (Kurri Kurri), Jackie Mannion (Weston), Noey Price (Kurri Kurri), Jack Drinkwater (Aberdare). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Leung Yuk-Tong, Wong Shui-Wah, Mak Kwok-Tung (Pang Wah-Hing); Chan Kwong-Yiu, Chan Chen-Wo, Tai Lin-Ching, Fung King-Cheung, Kwok Po-Kan. Referee: J.Gilmore. 30- 7-1927 Wollongong Illawarra District 6-3 China XI [HT 5-0] Bodes Oval, 4000 [Thompson (1-0), Suddick (2-0) (3-0) (4-0), Veigel (5-0) (6-1) / Lee Wai-Tong (5-1) (6-3), Tai Lin-Ching (6-2)] Illawarra: W.Richardson (Woonona); W.Casley (Woonona), Peter Hunter (Balgownie); Jim Moir (Corrimal), Hughie Cunningham (Woonona), N. 'Fisher' Cheney (Corrimal); G.Murphy (Woonona), Joe Suddick (Balgownie), James 'Judy' Masters (Balgownie), Arthur 'Bulgie' Veigel (Woonona), Tom Thompson (Balgownie). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Mak Kwok-Tung, Pang Wah-Hing, Leung Yuk-Tong; Kwok Po-Kan, Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Chan Chen-Wo. Referee: T.Simmonds. 3- 8-1927 Sydney Gladesville-Ryde 3-0 China XI [HT 1-0] Gladesville Sports Ground, 1500 [Hain (1-0), McFarlane (2-0), Robertson (3-0)] Gladesville-Ryde: Fred Anderson; S.G.Montgomery [c], Eric Pont; Jack Bradley, Harry Spurway, G.Laidlaw; Joe Hain, George McFarlane, J.Smith, Bob Kyle, Bert Robertson. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Leung Yuk-Tong, Mak Kwok-Tung, Chan Chen-Wo; Fung King-Cheung, Pang Wah-Hing, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Kwok Po-Kan. Referee: W.Clark. 4- 8-1927 Sydney Sydney Metropolis 1-6 China XI [HT 0-3] Sydney Sports Ground, 500 [Bourke (1-5) / [unknown] (0-1) (0-2) (0-3) 46' (0-5) (1-6)] Metropolis: Harry McKissock (Gladesville-Ryde); S.G.Montgomery (Gladesville-Ryde), Eric Pont (Gladesville-Ryde); Wally Ferguson (Balmain), Dick Sanderson (Eastern Suburbs), A. 'Bluey' McLaren (Canterbury); Stan Bourke (Granville), Jack Simmons (Annandale-Leichhardt), Alec Bennie (Eastern Suburbs), Bob Kyle (Gladesville-Ryde), Bert Robertson (Gladesville-Ryde). China: Chou Hsien-Yen (Woo Cheong-Yuen); Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Mak Kwok-Tung, Leung Yuk-Tong, Chan Chen-Wo; Fung King-Chung, Pang Wah-Hing, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Kwok Po-Kan. Referee: A.W.Bates. Note: This was the first match ever played under floodlights in Sydney. 6- 8-1927 Weston South Maitland 4-2 China XI [HT 0-1] Homestead Grounds [Mannion (1-1) (2-1) (4-2), Evans (3-2) / Chan Chen-Wo 20' (2-2)] S.Maitland: Harry Ashcroft (Kurri Kurri); Jim Beddow (Kurri Kurri), Jim Farrey (Kurri Kurri); R. 'Sept' Kidd (Kurri Kurri) [c], Charlie Thompson (Weston), Jack 'Digger' Evans (Aberdare); 'Nock' Brennan (Aberdare), Scotty Weir (Aberdare), Jackie Mannion (Weston), Harold Pringle (Kurri Kurri), Jack Drinkwater (Aberdare). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Mak Kwok-Tung, Leung Yuk-Tong, Chan Chen-Wo; Fung King-Chung, Pang Wah-Hing, Tai Lin-Ching, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Kwok Po-Kan. Referee: B.Evans. 18- 8-1927 Townsville Townsville 3-7 China XI [HT 3-4] North Ward Sports Reserve [A.Rudd (1-0) (2-1), Jack Rudd 45' / Tai Lin-Ching (1-1) (2-3) 46' (3-6), Fung King-Cheung (2-2), Lee Wai-Tong (2-4) (3-7)] Townsville: Scott; Green, McDonald; Weston, Hutchinson, Potter; Weir, Coxon, Jack Rudd, A.Rudd, Blake. China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Mak Kwok-Tung, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Leung Yuk-Tong; Fung King-Cheung, Tai Lin-Ching, Kwok Po-Kan, Pang Wah-Hing, Chan Chen-Wo. Referee: McGill. Note: in some reports the score was given wrongly as 3-6. 20- 8-1927 Cairns Cairns 2-4 China XI [HT 0-2] Norman Park [R.McDermott 50', P.McDermott (2-3) / Tai Lin-Ching 20' 21' (2-4), Fung King-Cheung 56'] Cairns: H.Swinburne (Rovers); G.Edmunds (Rovers), W.Patterson (United); A.Patterson (United), P.McDermott (Rovers), J.Cable (Gordonvale); A.Wilkie (Rovers), R.McDermott (Rovers), W.Smith (Rovers), J.Barr (Gordonvale), C.Maulden (Rovers). China: Chou Hsien-Yen; Lee Tin-Sang, Lau Kau; Mak Kwok-Tung, Lee Wai-Tong [c], Leung Yuk-Tong; Fung King-Cheung, Pang Wah-Hing, Tai Lin-Ching, Chan Chen-Wo, Kwok Po-Kan. Referee: F.Harris. Note: This match was arranged ad hoc; the Cairns Association learned only the previous day that the Chinese team's ship would stop at Cairns by reading a newspaper report of their previous match at Townsville. The Association held a meeting that evening, and a notice was published in the following day's edition of the 'Cairns Post' summoning local players to attend Norman Park in case any match could be arranged vs the Chinese. When the ship called into port the Cairns officials quickly convinced the Chinese to play, and the match kicked off only half an hour after the ship had arrived. In North Borneo (en route) The team played two matches at Sandakan, winning both.

China National Team Tour of Australia 1923

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Sources included: various Australian newspapers, the official report of the Australian Soccer Football Association, forum postings by "xudn" (Chinese football historian), "China Mail" (Hong Kong), "North-China Herald" (Shanghai).

Thanks to Nick Guoth.

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