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William Goodsir- Cullen , Indian Hockey Player
Olympic gold medallist William Goodsir-Cullen was a renowned Indian Filed hockey player

Unknown to most of today`s hockey lovers, William Goodsir-Cullen was one of the great hockey personalities of the betimes era of Indian hockey. A key member of the Indian hockey team, William Goodsir-Cullen won the gold at Amsterdam in the 1928 Olympic games. William "Willie" James Goodsir-Cullen was born on March 29, 1907 in Firozepur, India.

He was born to a family with a military background. His mother was a nurse in the army and his father was in British Army. From an early age, Willie and his younger brother Ernie were interested in hockey. The game soon became a passion for both the brothers. Joseph George Ulasterson was a good hockey player and had introduced hockey in Australia. This noted Australian player was a cousin brother of their mother. The stories of Ulasterson also helped a lot to increase their attraction to hockey.

The Cullen brothers from the years of their college St. George`s College, Mussoorie, started captivating the headlines. In a span of 8 years, this college gave rise to 6 hockey Olympians. They were:
  • 1928 - Willie Cullen, Michael Gateley, George Eric Marthins

  • 1932 - Carlyle Tapsell

  • 1936 - Ernie Cullen, Carlyle Tapsell, Lionel C. Emmett

  • In the year 1928, Willie delineated United Provinces in the inaugural National Hockey Championship. The championship was held at Calcutta. He had shown his brilliant performance in the championship. Willie Cullen won a place in the Indian hockey team, which was preparing at the time for the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics for that.

    His defense was attributed with the adjective `rock-like defense` and confronting abilities proved to be a great help in stopping his opponents. This remains a key contribution to India`s inaugural Olympic gold triumph.

    Ernie carried on to play hockey after returning from Amsterdam, but could not get any other chance to represent the country. Ernest John Goodsir-Cullen, his younger brother, was elected for the Indian hockey team, which was played in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In the 1936 field hockey tournament, Indian national team won the gold medal for India.Willie joined his uncle in his profession after retiring from active hockey, and thereafter also served in an oil company. Willie joined the Army, during World War II. Later he got posted to Canada. In or around 1950, Willien went to Australia and settled there. At the age of 91, he died in 1998 in New South Wales, Australia.

    With his sturdy defense in the traditional left-half position, Willie Cullen will be retrieved with great respect for his worthful contribution to Indian hockey in the 1928 Olympics. To show honor to this noted player, his alma mater, St. George`s College, Mussorie, has a 4-house system for their inter-class sports meets and the green house has been named after this Cullen brothers, is called the Cullens` house. 2007 is the centenary year of this great Olympian. On this auspicious occasion of Willie Cullen`s birth centenary, homage on behalf of Indian hockey lovers to this great hockey player of the Dhyan Chand era are paying.

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