Robbie Williams (footballer born 1979)

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Robbie Williams
Personal information
Full name Robert Williams
Date of birth (1979-04-12) 12 April 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Warrington Town
Youth career
Southport[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?-1999 St Dominics[1]
1999–2009 Accrington Stanley 238 (11)
2010–2012 Southport 11 (0)
2012– Warrington Town 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:14, 29 October 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert "Robbie" Williams (born 12 April 1979 in Liverpool, Merseyside) is an English footballer playing for Warrington Town.

Accrington Stanley[edit]

Williams signed for Accrington Stanley in July 1999 from Liverpool County Football Combination side St Dominics.[1] He played for the club for ten years, making 238 league appearances for the club, and picking up championship winning medals for the Northern Premier Division One in 2000, the Northern Premier League in 2003 and the Conference National in 2006, seeing the club promoted to the Football League.

Illegal betting and subsequent ban[edit]

In April 2009, Williams, who at the time was the club's longest serving player, along Stanley team-mates Peter Cavanagh, Jay Harris and David Mannix and Bury player Andy Mangan were charged with breaching the Football Association's betting rules, with some accused of gambling thousands of pounds on their team to lose. The scandal related to Accrington Stanley's last game of the last League Two season, at home to Bury.[2]

In July 2009, the players (except Cavanagh, whose case was to be heard at a later date) were banned for varying lengths after being found guilty of being involved in betting on a Bury win when the Shakers visited the Crown Ground at the end of the 2007/08 season – a game that Bury went on to win.[3] Williams was suspended from professional football for eight months and received a £3,500 fine, and was released by Stanley. The players appealed against their bans but lost their cases.[4]

Southport[edit]

In March 2010 he agreed to join Southport[1] and finally joined up with the club in May.[5]

Warrington Town[edit]

In October 2012 he signed for Warrington Town[6] making his club debut on 13 October in a 1–1 draw with Salford City.[7]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Port chance for Williams". NonLeagueDaily.com. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Five players charged in League Two betting scandal". The Guardian. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Watkinson, David (23 July 2009). "Ex-Accrington Stanley players blasted over match betting scandal". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Match-betting Accrington Stanley footballers' appeals face dismissal by FA". Liverpool Echo. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gray returns to Port". NonLeagueDaily.com. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Reid swoops for duo". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Salford City 1–1 Warrington Town". Warrington Town FC. 13 October 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 

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