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July is BLAK HISTORY MONTH In Australia: HARRY WILLIAMS

Harry Williams, ( 7 May 1951-) a former soccer player and is recognised as the first Indigenous Australian to play for the Australian National Football Team, the ‘Socceroos’. Harry got his international debut as part of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the tenth staging of the World Cup, held in West Germany from 13 June to 7 July. Australia was the first team from OFC to qualify.

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 wearing the number 15 shirt. Including qualifiers, Williams played six World Cup matches for Australia during his career. In total, he represented Australia 17 times between 1970 and 1978.

His shirt worn at the 1974 FIFA World Cup is on display at the Australian National Museum in Canberra, ACT as part of the ‘I told you so’ exhibition, which coincides with the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Williams currently lives in Canberra with his family. He is the manager of the Indigenous Services and Cultural Diversity Unit for ACT correctional Services.

He is still the only Aboriginal Australian player to played in the World Cup.

Contact: MS Sam Cook
Ph: +61 [0]404-461-054
E: sam@kissmyblakarts.com

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