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John Williams

 
John Williams
A younger John Williams

Position:

forward

DoB:
Age:
Birthplace:
11 May 1968
38
Birmingham
 
     
     
 
City Career  
 
Transfer Details: Signed for City on 3 November 2006 as City looked for immediate striking power to cover injuries. Williams had recently left Weston-super-Mare Town and was available for immediate selection.
City Debut: v Margate (h) FA Trophy 2q, 4 November '06, Won 1-0.
City Stats

2006/7: 1 App, 0 Goals
Totals: 1 App, 0 Goals

 
Career Club History: Cradley Town, Swansea City (46[4]-11), Coventry City (86[14]-11), Notts County (loan(5[2]-2)), Stoke City (loan(4[3])), Swansea City (loan (7[1]-2), Wycombe Wanderers (60[15]-16), Hereford United (11[3]-3], Walsall (1[1]), Exeter City (36[20]-4), Cardiff City (51[18]-16), York City (47[15]-3), Darlington (25[1]-5), Swansea City (74[33]-6), Kidderminster Harriers (50[18]-5), Bath City (44[1]-19), Redditch United, Evesham United, Weston-super-Mare Town, Gloucester City, Stourbridge, Willenhall Town
Honours: none known
     
 

Pen Pic:

 
Williams is a well known and respected figure in the football world, once famously labelled as the 'Flying Postman' and reaching national prominance having won the ITV 'Saint & Greavsie' featured Rumbelows Sprint Challenge when playing in the top flight with Coventry City in 1992. Despite now being firmly in the veteran category Williams still has real pace, and his burly physical presence allied with great experience still make him a dangerous forward at this level. His arrival at City came about as Tigers' boss Tim Harris desperately sought out a forward to bolster a forward line stricken by injury. Fortunately he knew Williams from his time at Swansea City and was able to sign the striker who'd recently parted company with Conference South outfit Weston-super-Mare Town. Made a hugely disappointing debut against Margate and seemed oddly disinterested, but that may have been a reflection on his fitness and lack of familiarity with his team. It was hardly a surprise when he was released the week after, apparently his signing only ever intended as a stop-gap favour....

Williams may be most immediately recognisable to City fans from his appearances against the club for Bath City and Evesham United. Williams scored 20 goals for Bath as recently as 2004-05, but left for Redditch United in order to be closer to his Midlands home. After a brief stay at Redditch saw him released he enjoyed a happier time with Evesham but left for Evesham following the sacking of Dave Busst from Common Road, moving up a division and away several miles back south to Weston where he showed that he could still score goals at a higher level - helping the Conference South side away from relegation trouble in April 2006.

Began his career in the non-league game as a semi-pro with Cradley Town, but packed in the mail job that got him his famous nickname when Frank Burrows spotted him as a 23 year-old and took him to Swansea City for £5,000 in August 1991. That proved to be a tidy but of business as in the following summer Bobby Gould then took him to taste top flight football with Coventry City in a £250,000 deal. Went on to enjoy a long league career which has seem him much travelled and taken him to a host of clubs - but probably most enjoying his spells with Swansea City where he was a real fan favourite, and at South Wales rivals Cardiff City where he enjoyed his besty goalscoring form.

 

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