George Williams (footballer, born 1995)

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George Williams
George Williams 2015.jpg
Williams playing for Wales against the Netherlands in 2015
Personal information
Full name George Christopher Williams[1]
Date of birth (1995-09-07) 7 September 1995 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Milton Keynes, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Number 11
Youth career
0000–2011 Milton Keynes Dons
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Milton Keynes Dons 0 (0)
2012–2018 Fulham 15 (0)
2015Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 4 (0)
2016Gillingham (loan) 10 (0)
2016–2017Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 11 (0)
2018St Johnstone (loan) 11 (0)
2018– Forest Green Rovers 24 (6)
National team
2012 Wales U17 2 (0)
2013 Wales U19 7 (1)
2014–2016 Wales U21 3 (0)
2014– Wales 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:45, 23 Jan 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:39, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

George Christopher Williams (born 7 September 1995) is a professional footballer who plays for the English League Two team Forest Green Rovers and the Wales national team.

Career[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 12 November 2011 Williams made his debut in the FA Cup victory over Nantwich Town,[4] briefly becoming Milton Keynes Dons' youngest player, before scoring his first professional goal making him Milton Keynes Dons youngest goalscorer being 16 years, two months and five days old.[5] The goal also made him the youngest scorer within the FA Cup proper rounds.

Fulham[edit]

On 14 June 2012, Williams joined Premier League side Fulham as a first year academy scholar for the 2012–13 season after an undisclosed compensation package was agreed between the two clubs.[6] Following his move to Fulham, MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said he was disappointed seeing Williams leave the club, and told the club's official website: "We are very disappointed that George has chosen not to take up his scholarship or the offer of a professional contract with MK Dons and has instead decided his future is best served with Fulham".[7]

Loan spells[edit]

On 16 February 2015, Williams rejoined League One side Milton Keynes Dons on a youth loan for the remainder of the 2014–15 season,[8] but his loan was cut short by an anterior cruciate ligament injury, keeping him out for between four and six months.[9]

On 12 February 2016, Williams joined League One side Gillingham on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season.[10]

On 29 July 2016, Williams returned to Milton Keynes Dons on loan until the end of the 2016–17 season.[11]

On 31 January 2018, Williams joined Scottish Premiership side St. Johnstone on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season.[12]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

On 12 June 2018, Williams signed for League Two club Forest Green Rovers.[13] On 4 September 2018, He scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 EFL Trophy win over Cheltenham Town.[14]

International[edit]

Williams qualifies for Wales through his mother and represented Wales at under-17 and under-19 levels.[15] On 5 March 2014, Williams made his Wales under-21 debut as an 83rd-minute substitute in a 1–0 defeat to England.[16] On 27 May 2014, he was called up to the senior Wales squad for a friendly match against Holland to be played on 4 June 2014 as a replacement for the injured Gareth Bale. He made his international debut as a replacement for Jonathan Williams in the 70th minute of the match.

Williams was included by manager Chris Coleman as a member of Wales' Euro 2016 squad that reached the semi-finals of the tournament.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 May 2018[18]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milton Keynes Dons 2011–12 League One 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Fulham 2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Championship 14 0 0 0 2 0 16 0
2015–16 Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 17 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2014–15 League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Gillingham (loan) 2015–16 League One 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2016–17 League One 11 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 15 0
St Johnstone (loan) 2017–18 Scottish Premiership 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Career total 53 0 1 1 4 0 2 0 60 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  2. ^ "George Williams". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  3. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 499. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
  4. ^ "MK Dons 6–0 Nantwich Town". BBC Sport. 12 November 2011.
  5. ^ "ROBBO: BOY DON GOOD". Milton Keynes Dons FC. 12 November 2011. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012.
  6. ^ "FFC Sign Williams". Fulham FC. 14 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Dons irked as Cottagers pounce". Sky Sports. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  8. ^ "George Williams: MK Dons re-sign Fulham & Wales midfielder". BBC Sport. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Williams Injury Update". Fulham F.C. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  10. ^ "George Williams: Gillingham sign Fulham midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Wales' Williams rejoins Dons". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Duo Leave On Loan | Fulham Football Club". Fulham F.C. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  13. ^ "George Williams: Forest Green sign ex-Fulham midfielder". BBC Sport. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Forest Green Rovers 4-0 Cheltenham Town - Report". stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Wales". George Williams. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  16. ^ "England U21 1–0 Wales U21". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Euro 2016: Wales include Joe Ledley in 23-man squad for Euro 2016". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Games played by George Williams". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 August 2016.

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