Jump to content
  • Manager; Harry Kewell

    Harold "Harry" Kewell was born on 22 September 1978 in Sydney to an English father, Rod, and an Australian mother, Helen. 

    As a youngster, Kewell grew up supporting Liverpool, then the standout team in English football, and studied at Smithfield Public School before undertaking secondary education at St Johns Park High School and Westfield Sports High School.

    41283117_10156671530339104_6765286696289304576_n.jpgDuring his time at the latter, the young Kewell focused on association football, somewhat of a niche in a country where cricket and rugby hold a near on duopoly, and played at representative level for both school and club competitions.

    Kewell's youth football consisted of spells with local teams Smithfield Hotspurs and Marconi Stallions before being scouted at age 15 for Leeds United, who invited him for a four-week trial as part of the Big Brother Movement in Australia.

    The fact that Kewell's father boasted English heritage proved crucial in being able to take up the club's contract offer, which satisfied the UK's visa requirements, while future international teammate Brett Emerton, who was also scouted, had to wait a bit longer before setting up camp in Europe.

    Kewell made a name for himself at Leeds and enjoyed his most successful season in 1999-2000, where he also won the PFA Young Player of the Year award as the Whites turned themselves into a Champions League outfit.

    However, financial difficulties at Leeds a few years later culminated in a fire sale of their key assets and Kewell was one such player, turning down offers from the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona to join Liverpool, his boyhood club.

    In 2005, Kewell became the only Australia-born player to win the Champions League, playing in the historic Miracle of Istanbul against Milan even though he had to be substituted early due to a torn abductor muscle.

    The year also proved significant from an international level as Australia had not qualified for the World Cup for over 30 years due to them being in a lopsided Oceanian qualification setup against some of world football's weakest teams before a fiendishly difficult playoff, usually against a South American side which had played its strong counterparts throughout.

    Uruguay were successfully dispatched by the Socceroos and, ahead of their switch to the Asian Football Confederation, Australia - including Kewell - managed to book a place at Germany 2006.

    Kewell left Liverpool in 2008 and spent three years at Turkish club Galatasaray before winding down his professional career with spells at Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart either side of a stint in Qatar with Al-Gharafa.

    With retirement announced in March 2014, Kewell set about doing his badges and has since spent the entirety of his fledging coaching career in England, beginning with a spell as Watford Under-21 head coach before moving into the big role at Crawley Town.

    Kewell became the first Australian to coach a professional English side with his Crawley tenure and, following just over 15 months at the West Sussex club, he upped sticks to link up with Notts County, succeeding Kevin Nolan at the Magpies helm.


About Us

Pride of Nottingham is an independent fansite devoted to Notts County, the world’s oldest league football club. Created in 2013, it has served as a source of Magpie news, features, match previews, reports, analysis and interviews for more than three years.

Support PON

Enjoy our content? Want to help us grow? Your donation will go a long way towards improving the site!

Donate
×

Important Information

Pride of Nottingham uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. To approve, simply continue using the site or click 'I accept' Terms of Use.