In 1937, QLD played England Amateur XI, they lost 2-1.
The QLD rep team of 1937 included several Socceroos, Lex Gibb (#77 and son of Alec Gibb), Bert Murray (#54 and captain of the 1937 QLD team), Cec Brittain (#76), Alec Gibb (#1, probably a coach in this team) and Angus ‘Billy’ Gibb (#51A, unrelated to Alec Gibb). Other notable team members include, Jos Peebles (brother of Socceroo Jonny Peebles), Reg Erskine (author of Ipswich football history) and R J Kitching (a member of the famous Ipswich football family, this family produced two Socceroos George and Col).
This information was provided by Brisbane football historian, Peter Eedy.
We suspect that this photograph is a Queensland Representative Team from 1939 or 1940.
Sitting in the middle row is a young Bob Lawrie, a player from Ipswich (born 1920) who would go on to captain the Australian team on several occasions (Socceroo #106 in 1947). The Courier Mail reported that Bob Lawrie played as right-half for the QLD team during 1939, his playing was described as “splendid.”
On the left of the photograph are Alec Gibb and Johnny Peebles. Alec and Johnny were both Scottish-born in the late 1880s, and played for Australia (Socceroo #1 and #22 respectively). They are also pictured above in the 1920s QLD Rep Team as players. After their playing careers ended, they continued in coaching and managerial roles (as shown in this photograph and the above 1938 QLD Team photograph). The Courier Mail reported that the 1939 Queensland team also included Alec Gibb’s son, Lex Gibb, who also went on to play for Australia (Socceroo #77) and Cec Brittain (Socceroo #76).
This information was provided by Brisbane football historian, Peter Eedy. If you have any further information about this this team contact us.