James Wong (footballer)

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James Wong
Personal information
Full name James Wong Chye Fook
Date of birth (1953-06-26) 26 June 1953 (age 65)
Place of birth Sabah, Malaysia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward, Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Tanjung Aru Youth 40 (52)
1974–1976 Sydney Hakoah 32 (20)
1976–1985 Sabah 180 (88)
National team
1971–1973 Malaysia U-20
1974–1982 Malaysia 33 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Wong (born 26 June 1953) is a former Malaysian footballer who is a striker for Malaysia national football team and Sabah. He also played as a goalkeeper for Malaysia youth team in 1971 Asian Youth Championship. He was known as King James by the local fans.[1][2]

International career[edit]

Wong is the first Sabahan to represent Malaysia in 1971. He played professionally for Hakoah in Australia New South Wales Premier League for two years.[3] Wong is well known for his physical and finishing touch. His partnership with Hassan Sani produced many memorable goal for Sabah and Malaysia. The most memorable one was in the 1980 Olympic games qualification. In the qualification, Malaysia won the play-off against South Korea with a 2–1 score in the Merdeka Stadium. Wong himself scored the winning goal through a passing from Hassan.[4][5][6][7] Unfortunately, Malaysia did not go as it joined the US-led boycott towards Soviet Union for its role in supporting the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan against the Islamic Unity of Afghanistan Mujahideen. Wong also appeared for Malaysia in six qualifying matches of the FIFA World Cup.[8]

Further career[edit]

In 2015, he together with Hassan was appointed as one of the members for the management team of Sabah FA.[6]


  1. ^ "Hail King James!". The Star. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ John Duerden (21 July 2017). "James Wong: Malaysia's forgotten superstar once told to change his name". FourFourTwo. Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ Terrence Netto (2 December 1976). "Sabahan may be Mokhtar's replacement". The Straits Times. National Library Board. p. 25. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ Darian Goh (14 November 2014). "Mokthar Dahari And 12 Other Local Football Legends Every Young Malaysian Should Know". Says.com. Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  5. ^ Daryl Goh (10 February 2016). "The glory days of Malaysian football". Star2.com. Archived from the original on 19 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b Mohd Izham Unnip Abdullah (25 December 2015). "Hassan Sani, James Wong curah bakti bersama Sabah" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ Ryan Stanley (14 August 2016). "Jejak Wira Olimpik 1980 : 'The Hurricane' pecahkan tembok Korea Selatan" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  8. ^ James Wong Chye FookFIFA competition record (archive)