Harry Williams (Australian soccer player)

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Harry Williams
Personal information
Full name Harry Williams
Date of birth (1951-05-07) 7 May 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1977 St. George-Budapest
1978 Canberra City SC
1985–1986 Inter Monaro 19 (0)
1990 Inter Monaro 2 (0)
National team
1970–1977 Australia 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 August 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 August 2007

Harry Williams (born 7 May 1951) is a former football (soccer) player. He was the first recognised Indigenous Australian to play for the senior Australian national football team, the 'Socceroos'.

He was part of Australia's 1974 FIFA World Cup squad. Like four of his teammates on that squad, Williams played in the New South Wales competition for St George Budapest.

Playing career summary[edit]

Born in Sydney, from the age of nine, Williams played junior soccer for St George Police Boys side in Sydney. He later joined the St George Budapest squad and became one of their most valuable players.

He was recruited to the national side while still a teenager, and went on an overseas tour with the team in 1970. In 1974, having only played six matches for Australia, Williams was part of Australia's first foray into the World Cup Finals.

Including qualifiers, Williams played six World Cup matches for Australia during his career. In total, he represented Australia 17 times between 1970 and 1978.

Personal information[edit]

Williams currently lives in Canberra with his family. He is the manager of the Indigenous Services and Cultural Diversity Unit for ACT Correctional Services.

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