Football Australia is saddened to hear of the passing of highly-respected administrator and Hall of Fame member Peter Gray following a long battle with illness.
Born in Australia in 1942, Gray spent 41 years in Australian football as a player and administrator.
During the 1960s he played nine years as a goalkeeper for a number of NSW Soccer Federation (Football NSW) clubs.
Elected Soccer Australia Commissioner in 1995, Gray took part in more than 100 official appearances involving the national teams.
He was head of football at the Atlanta Olympic Games and tour or delegation leader at World and Confederation Cup tournaments.
Gray retired as a player in 1975 and subsequently linked up with the Cronulla Seagulls Junior Club, becoming president two years later.
He later earned the presidency of the Sutherland Sharks in the NSW State League.
Gray was elected life member of the NSW Soccer Federation (Football NSW) and the two Sydney clubs before retiring in January 2002.
Gray also served as Gold Coast Soccer president for several years following his time in New South Wales, working tirelessly to help grow the game in the region and also played a role in the formation of Gold Coast United entering the A-League.
In 2003, Gray was inducted into the Football Australia Hall of Fame thanks to his significant contribution to the sport.
His ability to relate well with players and officials at every level of the game expertly summarised Gray's loving and passionate character.
The Football Australia community send their condolences to the Gray family, those closest to Peter, and everyone he impacted through football over the years. Vale.
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