Anthony Williams (footballer)

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Anthony Williams
Personal information
Full name Anthony Simon Williams[1]
Date of birth (1977-09-20) 20 September 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Maesteg, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
1998 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 0 (0)
1999 Macclesfield Town (loan) 4 (0)
1999 Huddersfield Town (loan) 0 (0)
1999 Bristol Rovers (loan) 9 (0)
1999 Gillingham (loan) 2 (0)
2000 Macclesfield Town (loan) 11 (0)
2000–2004 Hartlepool United 131 (0)
2003 Swansea City (loan) 0 (0)
2004 Stockport County (loan) 15 (0)
2004–2005 Grimsby Town 46 (0)
2005–2007 Carlisle United 11 (0)
2006 Bury (loan) 3 (0)
2007 Wrexham (loan) 9 (0)
2007–2009 Wrexham 27 (0)
2009–2010 Neath 20 (0)
2012 Bury 0 (0)
Total 288 (0)
National team
1996–2000 Wales U21 16 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Bury (goalkeeping coach)
2012–2013 Crawley Town (assistant manager)
2013–2014 Portsmouth (assistant manager/goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:34, 14 January 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:07, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Anthony Simon Williams (born 20 September 1977 in Maesteg) is a Welsh former professional footballer.

As a player he was a goalkeeper from 1997 until 2012. He came through the youth ranks at Premier League side Blackburn Rovers before going on to feature for Queens Park Rangers, Macclesfield Town, Huddersfield Town, Bristol Rovers, Gillingham, Hartlepool United, Swansea City, Stockport County, Grimsby Town, Carlisle United, Bury, Wrexham and Neath. Williams is also a former Wales U-21 player.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Williams began his career as a trainee at Blackburn Rovers in 1997 and had loan spells at Queens Park Rangers, Macclesfield Town, Huddersfield Town, Bristol Rovers and Gillingham in three seasons but made no appearances for Blackburn.[3]

Hartlepool United[edit]

Williams joined Hartlepool United on a free transfer in June 2000[4] and started 131 league games in four seasons at Victoria Park,[3] helping Hartlepool to the Division Three play-off semi-final in the 2000–01 and 2001–02 seasons,[5][6] and to promotion in the 2002–03 season.[7] He lost his place in the first-team to Jim Provett at the start of the 2003–04 season and had loan spells with Swansea City and Stockport County.[8][9] At the end of the season, his contract was not renewed and he was released by Hartlepool.[10]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Williams joined Grimsby Town where he was an ever-present in the 2004–05 season but rejected the offer of a new contract at the end of the season after being notified he would only be second choice following a poor first season.

Carlisle United[edit]

Instead he joined Carlisle United.[2] At the start of the 2005–06 season he was the first choice goalkeeper but lost his place to Keiren Westwood and joined Bury on a short loan spell in January 2006[11] before joining Wrexham on loan in March 2007 until the end of the 2006–07 season.[12]

Wrexham[edit]

Williams joined Wrexham on a permanent basis in May 2007, signing a two-year contract, after impressing during his loan spell at the club when he kept five clean sheets in nine games.[13] Following Wrexham's relegation to the Football Conference in May 2008, he was transfer listed by the club,[14] but stayed with the side until the end of the season before being released. [15]

Neath[edit]

On 1 June 2009, Williams signed for Welsh Premier league side Neath,[16] making twenty appearances before being released at the end of the season.[17]

Coaching career[edit]

Bury[edit]

On 24 June 2011, Williams was named as goalkeeping coach at Bury.[18] He returned to the playing ranks in January 2012 when back up keeper Ritchie Branagan suffered an injury resulting in Williams being given a squad number.[19]

Crawley Town[edit]

He joined Crawley Town as assistant manager, with Richie Barker in August 2012.[20] In November 2013, Williams had his contract terminated at the club following the departure of manager Richie Barker.[21][22]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 17 December 2013, Williams was appointed goalkeeper coach as well as assistant manager at Portsmouth, he was appointed by his old manager at Crawley, Richie Barker. On 27 March 2014, Williams was sacked by Portsmouth [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/01/2012 and 31/01/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Keeper Williams joins Carlisle". BBC Sport. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Anthony Williams". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Summer signings: Comprehensive list of Football Transfers (21 June)". BBC Sport. 12 August 2000. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Blackpool reach play-off final". BBC Sport. 16 May 2001. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Play-off joy for Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 30 April 2002. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Diamonds win title". BBC Sport. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Swans snap up Williams". BBC Sport. 21 November 2003. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "Williams stays at Stockport". BBC Sport. 17 February 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Hartlepool release quartet". BBC Sport. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  11. ^ "Bury sign keeper Williams on loan". BBC Sport. 10 January 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "Wrexham take Port Vale's Walker". BBC Sport. 22 March 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2007. 
  13. ^ "Wrexham snap up keeper Williams". BBC Sport. 17 May 2007. Archived from the original on 31 May 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2007. 
  14. ^ "Axe falls on 14 Wrexham players". BBC Sport. 25 April 2008. Archived from the original on 29 April 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  15. ^ "Saunders begins Wrexham revamp". BBC Sport. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  16. ^ "Eagles swoop for keeper Williams". Welshpremier.com. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "Massive clearout at The Gnoll". welsh-premier.com. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2100.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  18. ^ "Goalie coach tied down". buryfc.co.uk. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Squad number for Taff". buryfc.co.uk. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Crawley Town appoint Anthony Williams as assistant boss". BBC Sport. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Anthony Williams leaves Crawley Town". Crawley Town Official Website. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Richie Barker leaves Crawley Town". Crawley Town Official Website. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  23. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11674/9234803/league-two-portsmouth-part-with-manager-richie-barker-after-poor-run-of-form

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