Wednesday, November 05, 2014

World Cup '74 Portrait #184 (Adrian Alston: Australia)

graphite & putty eraser, with watercolour pencil/30x21cm

Today’s drawing in the Project has as its subject a re-mediation of an image of Adrian Alston, as featured on a sticker in the FKS ‘Wonderful World of Soccer Stars World Cup 1974’ album, in which he was included amongst the selection representing Australia (not making the reduced 6-player cut for the Panini ’München 74’ publication). Subsequently chosen as a member of the official Australian squad (Preston-born, was yet another émigré amongst), Alston went on to appear in each of his adopted country’s 3 matches at the Finals.
I doubt very much whether his name registered during my experience of the televised coverage of the tournament, but certainly it came to attention during the 1974-75 Football League season, by which time Alston was playing for Luton Town in the First Division.

An earlier drawing representing Adrian Alston from a previous incarnation of the World Cup ’74 project can be found here.

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