With this being National Reconciliation Week, it is worth recalling the wonderful Harry Williams, the St George defender who represented Australia at the World Cup Finals in 1974.
Harry was the first indigenous Australian to play in a World Cup, although he made his first appearances in the green and gold during a world tour in 1970. Harry made his A international debut against Indonesia just prior to the World Cup Finals in ‘74, also playing against Chile in the third and final game at that tournament.
Harry also played for Australia during the 1977 World Cup qualifiers, an unsuccessful attempt by Australia to qualify for Argentina ‘78.
For the Saints. Harry played his first game in the 1970 season, but it was in 1971 that Harry cemented his spot in the first team, becoming an ever-present that season. Harry stayed at St George for eight seasons, seven years of state league, plus the initial NSL season of 1977. Harry established himself as a marauding full back who loved to make sustained overlapping runs down the wing and became a firm crowd favourite. His time at the Saints was so well regarded, he was included as one of the ten St George immortals in Andrew Dettre’s excellent St George 25th anniversary publication.
Harry was also recognised by the Australian football community in 1999, becoming one of the first inductees into the FFA Hall of Fame.
St George FC has a rich history, made by the players who have proudly represented the club over the past 60 plus years. And Harry Williams is certainly up there with the best.
The photos include one of Harry playing for St George against Japan in the 1971 international tournament.
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