Bill Coolahan
Personal information
Full name William Coolahan
Place of birth West Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1927–1928 West Wallsend
1930–1931 Adamstown Rosebuds
1932 Speers Point
1933–1934 West Wallsend
1935–1942 Adamstown Rosebuds
1943 Lake Macquarie
International career
1938 Australia 3 (1)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

William Coolahan was an Australian soccer player. He captained Australia in three matches.

Club career

Born in the footballing hotbed of West Wallsend, New South Wales, Coolahan began his playing career with West Wallsend before crossing to Adamstown Rosebud in 1929. He returned to West Wallsend in 1931 though he only stayed one season before crossing to Speers Point. After another stint with West Wallsend in 1933 and 1934, he moved to Adamstown. At Adamstown he played until the end of the 1942 season. He played his final season of senior football in 1943 for Lake Macquarie.[1][2][3][4]

International career

He played seven matches for the New South Wales state team, playing as captain once.[2] Coolahan represented Australia eight times in B international matches. He played three full international matches and was captain in all three matches. Coolahan made his full debut for Australia in Sydney against India in September 1938. He played two further games against India, the last in October 1938.[2][5]

Career statistics


National team Year Competitive Friendly Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Australia 1938 0 0 3 1 3 1
List of international goals scored by Bill Coolahan
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 1 October 1938 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia  India 3–1 Friendly [6]


In 2001 Coolahan was inducted in the Australian Soccer Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame.[7][8]


  1. ^ "SOCCER PLAYERS - Coolahan and Quill to Retire". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 October 1941. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Sporting Person: COOLAHAN, WILLIAM, Soccer". Newcastle Regional Museum. Newcastle City Council. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame". Adamstown Rosebud FC. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  4. ^ "West Wallsend Bluebell's Legends" (PDF). West Wallsend Football Club. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  5. ^ "THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MEN'S FOOTBALL TEAM: CAPS AND CAPTAINS" (PDF). Football Federation Australia. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Soccer Honors To Australia". Sporting Globe. No. 1696. Victoria, Australia. 1 October 1938. p. 4 (Edition1). Retrieved 24 December 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "William Coolahan". Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame". Hunter Academy of Sports. Archived from the original on 10 December 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.