Wu Kwok Hung

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Wu Kwok Hung
Personal information
Date of birth (1949-05-22)22 May 1949
Place of birth Hong Kong
Date of death 15 June 2015(2015-06-15) (aged 66)
Place of death Hong Kong
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1971 Tung Sing ? (?)
1971–1972 South China ? (?)
1972–1986 Seiko ? (?)
National team
1971–1986 Hong Kong 52 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Wu Kwok Hung (Chinese: 胡國雄; Jyutping: wu4 gwok3 hung4, born 22 May 1949 – 15 June 2015), nicknamed "Big Head", was a famous football player in Hong Kong. He played in Hong Kong First Division League teams including Tung Sing, South China and Seiko as a midfielder.

He joined Tung Sing in 1968 and played in the team for 3 years. In 1971–72, he played with South China. After that, he joined Seiko, where he helped the club to win more than 40 tropies in 14 years, including the 1983–84 championship and Senior Viceroy Cup.[1]

Wu also won many individual prizes, including 4 consecutive time winner of Hong Kong Footballer of the Year between 1979 and 1982, and was part of Hong Kong's famous 1985 World Cup qualifying victory in China that ended the hopes of the mainland reaching the Mexico World Cup finals the following year.[2]

After 1985–86 season, Seiko left the league and Wu also retired from professional football. A testimonial match for Wu was held which attracted a full house at the then 28,000 seater Hong Kong Stadium, proving his huge popularity with the fans.[2]

He died on 15 June 2015 at the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital from laryngeal cancer, aged 66.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (2010-02-25). "Hongkong 1983/84". RSSSF. 
  2. ^ a b c Chan, Kin-wa (15 June 2015). "Former star Hong Kong footballer Wu Kwok-hung fighting for his life". South China Morning Post. 
  3. ^ Chan (16 June 2015). "Hong Kong soccer legend Wu Kwok-hung dies of cancer". South China Morning Post. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kwok Ka Ming
Hong Kong national football team Captain
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Chan Sai Kau