Monday, October 27, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #176 (Jimmy Rooney: Australia)




graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

The latest subject in the Project is an image of Jimmy Rooney, who was featured in the 16-man selection representing Australia in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ sticker album (but not the reduced 6-strong choice in its Panini ’M√ľnchen 74’ counterpart, which unlike the egalitarian approach of the FKS publication, put the minnows in their place), from which original source this drawing was processed, & the ‘Australian’ squad for the Finals, at which he appeared in each of his adopted country’s 3 matches (like any number of his fellows, Rooney had been born elsewhere – in his case Scotland, where had had played for Montrose & also in England for Peterborough United, before emigrating). 

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