Jason Goldsmith grew up in Ferntree Gully in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. A massive sports fan, he was fed a diet of cricket in the summer (Ferntree Gully Cricket Club) and Aussie rules in the winter (Collingwood). His best mate from primary school, Jordan Caridi, was of Italian heritage and slowly introduced him to the world game.
Jason’s love for Australian football began with Ned Zelic in the spew shirt taking the Olyroos to the Barcelona Olympics in ’92 and then intensified with Maradona mania, as Diego and Argentina took on the Socceroos in the final playoff for the 1994 World Cup.
His best moment as a player was scoring in the Dads v Coaches win at a Thornbury United Junior Football clinic for his son.
His best moment as a fan was convincing his wife to honeymoon in South Africa in 2010, taking in all the Socceroos group games.
He lives in the inner north of Melbourne with his wife Sophie, children Henry and Ivy.
TITLES BY JASON GOLDSMITH
Release: August 2019
Surfing for England - Our Lost Socceroos
Drawing inspiration from the history of the game in our country and some older inspirational Australian football books, Surfing for England - Our Lost Socceroos looks at the players who might have or could have played for Australia but who didn’t, for one reason or the other.
Release: August 2021
Be My Guest - Football Superstars in Australia
'Be My Guest' is a tribute to the many football superstars who have played club football in Australia, as well as the simple, elegant but often flawed logic that bringing football superstars to Australia will provide a turbo boost to Australia's domestic football competition - whether that be the NSL or the A-League.
Co-author: Lucas Gillard