William Williams (footballer born 1856)
William Williams (born 1856) was a Welsh amateur footballer who played most of his football career with the Druids club of Ruabon. Generally playing at half back, he made eleven appearances for Wales between 1876 and 1883.
In February 1876, he took part in trials organized by the Druids' founder, Llewelyn Kenrick, to select Welsh players to represent their country in a match against Scotland. The match was played at Hamilton Crescent, Partick, the home of the West of Scotland Cricket Club on 25 March 1876, with Williams playing at left-half in a 2–2–6 formation. The Welsh were well defeated, conceding four goals without reply.
Known as "little Billy", Williams became a stalwart of the Druids side, who "could run all day" and "had endless reserves of stamina", although "never a subtle player"; his strong points were his "perfect tackling" and his "vigorous support" of the forwards. In a report on one match, it was said that "he puts a stop to many a dangerous run, he is a most effective player though not one of the fastest. He outlasted all of his contemporaries, continuing to play for the Druids until 1890. He spent the 1878–79 season at Oswestry, when Druids were temporarily without a ground and also made occasional appearances for Bootle, where R A Lythgoe, the former Druids official, was now club secretary.
Williams made eleven appearances for Wales in official international matches, as follows:
|25 March 1876||West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick||Scotland||0–4||0||Friendly|
|23 March 1878||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Scotland||0–9||0||Friendly|
|18 January 1879||Kennington Oval, London||England||1–2||0||Friendly|
|17 April 1879||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||Scotland||0–3||0||Friendly|
|15 March 1880||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||England||2–3||0||Friendly|
|26 February 1881||Alexander Meadows, Blackburn||England||1–0||0||Friendly|
|14 March 1881||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||Scotland||1–5||0||Friendly|
|25 February 1882||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||Ireland||7–1||0||Friendly|
|13 March 1882||Racecourse Ground, Wrexham||England||5–3||0||Friendly|
|25 March 1882||Hampden Park, Glasgow||Scotland||0–5||0||Friendly|
|17 March 1883||Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh||Scotland||1–1||0||Friendly|
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