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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 10. July 19, 1957


Two members of the V.U.C. Soccer Club were selected for the squad from which the New Zealand team to play the Chinese in the second Test at Auckland was chosen. They are Alan Preston and Perumal Naidu. Preston, however, did not make the actual team.

Perlumal Naidu joined the club in 1955 alter having played most of his football in Suva, where he rapped for a Suva metropolitan team. A colourful player, he became as well known for a luxuriant beard as for his dashing play on the right wing. He rapped for welligton in 1956 (without the beard) and again in 1957. His play is rather more European styled than English and his major asset is a Jarden-like acceleration to take a pass and bang across a wellplaced centring kick. Good in the air and possessing a powerful shot. "Sam", as he has been named by the club, can be relied on for 90 minutes of honest work.

Alan Preston has been a regular member of the 1st XI since joining the club in 1951. He is many times Vic and NZU Blue and played for New Zealand in Australia in 1954. He is at present captain of the 1st XI. He has excellent ball control and can shoot well with either foot.

Both these players are almost certain to appear for Wellington against the visiting Austrians on July 24th and should be candidates for the International matches against that team.