Purser has the distinction of being the first West Australian born player selected to represent Australia. Loyalty to North Perth kept Purser at the club for his entire thirteen-season senior career during which he won three First Division championships (1952, 1955 and 1956), the 1952 Top Four Challenge Cup and the association Cup two years later. He captained North Perth for five years, won the clubs Auger Cup as his clubs' best player four times (1954, 1955, 1958, 1960) was twice runner-up to Ron Adair for the Ledger Medal, awarded to the league's fairest and best player (1954 and 1955).
The first of Purser's eighteen games for the State - nine of which he wore the captain's armband - arrived in 1955 against South Africa. In September of that same year he made his solitary appearance for the Socceroos, who suffered an eight-goal thrashing at the hands of South Africa in Adelaide. He was a member of the national squad at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne but didn't feature in any of Australia's three games. Purser's only other appearance in the green and gold was the July 1957 friendly with touring Hungarian club Ferencvaros in Adelaide.
|17.09.1955||South Africa (Adelaide)||0-8 (loss)||Friendly||Full game|
|06.07.1957||Ferencvaros (Adelaide)||0-3 (loss)||'B' game||Full game|
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