Paul Williams (footballer born 1971)

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Paul Williams
Personal information
Full name Paul Darren Williams
Date of birth (1971-03-26) 26 March 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Burton upon Trent, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Southampton
(Youth development coach)
Youth career
Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1995 Derby County 160 (26)
1989 Lincoln City (loan) 3 (0)
1995–2001 Coventry City 169 (5)
2001–2003 Southampton 39 (0)
2003–2005 Stoke City 19 (0)
2005 Richmond Kickers 5 (0)
Total 395 (31)
National team
1991 England U21 6 (0)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Fredericksburg Gunners
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Darren Williams (born 26 March 1971) is an English former professional footballer and Youth Development coach at Premiership side Southampton.

As a player he was a defender from 1989 until 2005 notably in the Premier League for both Coventry City and Southampton, as well as in the Football League for Derby County, Lincoln City and Stoke City. He finished his career with United States with Richmond Kickers and remained in the country becoming manager of Fredericksburg Gunners in 2006.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Burton upon Trent, Williams began his professional career with Derby County in 1985 where he appeared in 160 League games and scored 26 goals, initially playing in central midfield before being converted to a defender. He also appeared in 8 FA Cup games and scored three goals and 12 Football League Cup games, scoring two goals. He played briefly on loan to Lincoln City in 1989 and then was transferred to Premier League side Coventry City in 1995 where he appeared in 169 games and scored five goals in League play as well as 13 appearances in the F.A. Cup and 17 in the League Cup.

Following Coventry's relegation in 2001 Williams was transferred to Southampton where he appeared in 39 League games, two FA Cup matches, and one League Cup game. Williams was a member of the Southampton side that lost the 2003 FA Cup Final to Arsenal. Williams was an unused substitute in the game, but he did contribute on the field for Southampton earlier on in the campaign when they drew 1–1 with Millwall.[1]

Williams left Southampton at the end of the 2002–03 season and joined Tony Pulis at Stoke City.[2] After agreeing to join Stoke Williams was accused by Walsall manager Colin Lee using Walsall to get a better contract.[3] He made 20 appearances for Stoke in 2003–04 but failed to make one in 2004–05 and was released. He went to the United States and joined Richmond Kickers.

Coaching career[edit]

He spent the 2006–07 season as head coach of Fredericksburg Gunners in the USL Premier Development League, the fourth tier of football in the United States. On 14 October 2009 Williams joined Aldershot Town as Assistant Caretaker Manager, assisting his former Southampton team mate Jason Dodd.[4]

At the start of the 2010–2011 season, Williams took over as first team coach of Team Solent. On 2 June 2011 he was appointed as 1st Team Coach / Assistant Manager of Eastleigh. On 6 July 2011 he rejoined former club Southampton as Youth Development Coach.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Derby County 1989–90 First Division 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
1990–91 First Division 19 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 21 4
1991–92 Second Division 41 13 3 2 3 1 3 0 50 16
1992–93 First Division 19 4 3 1 0 0 5 1 27 6
1993–94 First Division 34 1 1 0 3 0 4 0 42 1
1994–95 First Division 37 3 1 0 4 1 2 1 44 5
Total 160 26 8 3 11 2 15 2 194 33
Lincoln City (loan) 1989–90 Fourth Division 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Coventry City 1995–96 Premier League 32 2 1 0 4 1 0 0 37 2
1996–97 Premier League 32 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 38 2
1997–98 Premier League 20 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 25 0
1998–99 Premier League 22 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 26 0
1999–2000 Premier League 28 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 32 1
2000–01 Premier League 30 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 36 0
2001–02 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 169 5 13 0 17 0 0 0 199 5
Southampton 2001–02 Premier League 28 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
2002–03 Premier League 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 39 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 42 0
Stoke City 2003–04 First Division 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
2004–05 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 20 0
Richmond Kickers 2005 USL First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career Total 395 31 25 3 30 3 16 2 466 39
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs and Full Members Cup.

Honours[edit]

Coventry City
  • Player of the Year: 1996
Southampton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Last-gasp Saints deny Lions". BBC. 13 February 2003. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Potters grab Williams". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Williams upsets Lee". BBS Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Caretaker manager announcement". Aldershot Town F.C. Official Website. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Paul Williams appointed". Southampton F.C. Official Website. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 

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