Graham Williams (footballer, born 1938)
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|Full name||Graham Evan Williams|
|Date of birth||2 April 1938|
|Place of birth||Henllan, Denbighshire, Wales|
|Playing position||Full back|
|1955–1972||West Bromwich Albion||314||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Williams was born in Henllan, Denbighshire. He joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur in September 1954 and turned professional in April 1955. He captained the side to victory in the 1966 Football League Cup Final and 1968 FA Cup Final, scoring in the second leg of the 1966 final against West Ham United. He also won 26 caps for Wales.
After leaving Albion in 1972 he took up the post of player-manager with Weymouth, with whom he remained until 1975. In November 1981, he was appointed chief coach of Cardiff City, taking over from Richie Morgan, who moved to a general manager's role. After a disastrous run of nine losses in fifteen games, both Williams and Morgan were sacked in February 1982, with Len Ashurst taking over at Ninian Park. Williams took several coaching jobs abroad including steering Finnish team RoPS to the quarter finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Later on in his career he served as the assistant manager of the Welsh national side under Bobby Gould.
Williams was probably part of one of the best compliments to George Best, based on fact but with some poetic licence...
- "Will you stand still for a minute so I can look at your face?" asked an exhausted Williams of Best.
- "Why?" asked Best in return.
- "Because all I've ever seen of you," explained Williams, "is your backside disappearing down the touchline."
- Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. pp. 246–247. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.
- "The Best and worst of a legend". BBC. 25 November 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2008.