Arthur Leong (footballer)

Arthur Leong is a former association football player who represented New Zealand at international level.[1] Born in Guangzhou, China, he emigrated to New Zealand as a two-year-old and became the first ethnic Chinese player to represent New Zealand in football.[2]

Arthur Leong
Personal information
Full name Arthur W Leong
Place of birth Guangzhou, China
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hamilton Technical Old Boys
National team
1962 New Zealand 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As well as winning a Chatham Cup winners medal as captain of Hamilton Technical Old Boys on the 1st of September at The Basin Reserve, Wellington beating Northern 4–1, Leong played two official A-international matches for the All Whites in 1962 against visitors New Caledonia,[3] the first a 4-1 on 2 June 1962, his second a 4–2 win on 4 June.[1][4] They were to be his only official matches as New Zealand played no other official matches until 1967.[3]

In December 2013 Arthur and his wife Maureen, a retired midwife, were both awarded Community Awards by the Hamilton City Council at a special ceremony attended by their extended family, for service to the community.[5]


  1. ^ a b "A-International Appearances - Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Asia:NZ Media Newsletter". Scoop. 13 September 2005.
  3. ^ a b {Cit{e web|url= |title=New Zealand International Matches 1904-2006 |publisher=RSSSF |accessdate=22 October 2009 |url-status=dead |archiveurl= |archivedate=15 February 2010 |df=dmy }}
  4. ^ "A-International Lineups". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  5. ^ Waikato Times.16.12.2013

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