Australian football icon Joe Marston died

Nov 30, 2015 11:18 IST

The Australian association football player Joe Marston died on 29 November 2015 due to health issues.

Marston was the first Australian to appear in FA Cup Final in 1954, when his side Preston North End lost to West Bromwich Albion.

The Football Federation Australia had created the Joe Marston Medal, which is awarded to the best player in the A-League grand final, to honour the iconic footballer.

Born on 7 January 1926 as James Edward Marston, he played at Wembley Stadium alongside Tom Finney and Tommy Docherty at the age of 28.

The footballer appeared for the Socceroos during Blackpool's 1958 tour of Australia. Marston also appeared and coached the national side during Hearts tour of the country in 1959.

The legendary footballer had been honoured with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1980, an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his services to the sport. In 1988, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

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