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harry williams23 June ~ Harry Williams was the first of the three Aboriginal Person footballers to date to have played at international level for Australia. A left-back, he was first capped on a 1970 tour which included games in Central America, Asia and Europe. Four years on, he was included in Australia's World Cup finals squad and played as a late substitute in their last group match against Chile.

Williams was brought up by foster parents in the Sydney suburb of St George where he played for the local football team after turning down approaches from rugby league clubs. He retired from playing aged 39 in 1989 and now works as an administrator for indigenous communities in Canberra. He has also lent his name to an annual tournament, the Harry Williams Cup, competed for by Aborigine youth teams in New South Wales.

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