Vale: Paul Williams

pwSBS football commentator Paul Williams, was found dead in his Sydney apartment at the weekend.

Williams, who joined SBS for the 1993 World Youth Cup, had suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and severe depression since 2002 when the illness forced him to withdraw from regular work.

His commentary, with the late Johnny Warren, on the historic Australia v Iran World Cup qualifier at the MCG in 1997, won SBS its first Logie Award.

Williams became the network’s chief football commentator in 1996 commentating on the NSL, Socceroos games, Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup in France. In recent years he also worked for Radio 2KY.

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  1. rip mate its a long time since we shared the court at indoor soccer and went out together with our respective girlfriends…. i was so proud of how you followed your dream and became a tv star !!!! no one ever had a bad word to say about you…you were a true gentleman.. what a shame,..

  2. Sad news 🙁
    I use to listen to his football radio show a few years back my he RIP 🙁
    His call Vs Iran still rings in my head when they scored to make it 2-2
    Great commentator

  3. I haven’t heard what happened to Paul Williams since he withdrew from regular work in 2002 (as the SBS article says) until tonight. So it is a big shock to me. He was one of the leading soccer commentators in Australia in the 1990s alongside Andy Pascalidis (last heard providing voiceover for Channel Seven’s Gladiators last year).

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