John Norman Warren
(17 May 1943 – 6 November 2004) was an Australian football
player, coach, administrator, writer and broadcaster. He was known as Captain Socceroo
for his passionate work to promote the game in Australia
. The award for the best player in the A-League
is named the Johnny Warren Medal
in his honour.
Warren grew up in the suburb of Botany
in Sydney and had two elder brothers, Geoff and Ross.
He attended Cleveland St. High School, Botany, later becoming the school vice-captain.
After playing junior football for Botany Methodists and Earlwood Wanderers
Warren joined Canterbury-Marrickville
as a fifteen year old in 1959. Initially he played in the club's third grade team before being promoted to the first grade later in the year.
In 1963 Warren transferred to St. George-Budapest
. In a 12 year stint at St. George Warren won three NSW State League
grand finals, one premiership and two state cups. His final action as a player was to score a match-winning goal for St. George in the 1974 NSW State League Grand Final. Immediately after scoring the goal he substituted himself off.
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