William Maunder
Personal information
Full name William Maunder
Date of birth (1902-11-30)30 November 1902
Place of birth Newcastle, Australia
Date of death 25 June 1964(1964-06-25) (aged 61)[1]
Place of death Newcastle, Australia[1]
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1925 West Wallsend
New Lambton
National team
1922–1924 Australia 9 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William "Podge" Maunder (30 November 1902 – 25 June 1964) was an Australian soccer player. Maunder is recognised as the player who scored Australia's first international goal.

Early life

Maunder was born in Newcastle in 1902. His father, known as "Doey" Maunder was a prominent local soccer player. William Maunder's brother, Henry also took up the game and William and Henry appeared in an international match together against Canada in 1924.[2][3]

Playing career

Club career

In his club career, Maunder scored more than 500 goals in Northern NSW competition and was offered a professional contract by Scottish club St Mirren F.C.[4]

International career

Maunder made his international debut for Australia on 17 June 1922 in Australia's first recognised international match, scoring on 45 minutes. Maunder played nine matches for Australia between 1922 and 1930, scoring six goals and captaining for one match on 28 June 1924 against Canada.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Maunder, William Richard (Podge)". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 June 1964. p. 22 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "THE THIRD TEST". The Arrow. No. 1463. New South Wales, Australia. 20 June 1924. p. 11. Retrieved 5 May 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Howe, Andrew (12 October 2006). "The Australian National Men's Football Team: Caps and Captains" (PDF). Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 5 May 2021 – via OzFootball.
  4. ^ a b "William Maunder". Football Australia. 4 February 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.