Harry Williams (footballer, born 1996)

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Harry Williams
Personal information
Full name Harry John Robert Williams[1]
Date of birth (1996-01-17) 17 January 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Cheltenham, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Gloucester City
Youth career
2012–2014 Cheltenham Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Cheltenham Town 13 (0)
2013Farnborough (loan) 1 (0)
2014Evesham United (loan) 7 (4)
2014Gloucester City (loan) 7 (3)
2015Farnborough (loan)
2015Gloucester City (loan) 9 (4)
2016–2017 Sacramento Republic 41 (5)
2018– Gloucester City 8 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:50, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

Harry John Robert Williams (born 17 January 1996)[2] is an English footballer who plays for Gloucester City as a forward.

Playing career[edit]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

Williams was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,[3] and began a scholarship with Cheltenham Town in July 2012.[4] Williams previously was at Southside before being scouted at eight. Despite this, Williams remained at the club until he went on a six weeks trial with Cheltenham Town, which ultimately led him joining the club.[5]

He is a product of the Cheltenham Town youth system, starting at the Academy in the Under 9's, making his first-team debut at the age of 17, on 22 October 2013, as a late substitute as Cheltenham beat Morecambe 3–0 in League Two.[3] As a result of making his first team breakthrough at Cheltenham Town, Williams went on to win the club's Young Player of the Year[6] and was honoured by the League Football Education.[7] Additionally, Williams was nominated for Young Sports Personality of the year at the Gloucestershire Media Sports.[5]

Following this reward Williams continued the second year of his scholarship, scoring a Cheltenham Town youth record 38 goals.[8] Added to this he scored in every round of the FA Youth cup that the club participated in. This resulted in him being offered his first professional deal, signing two-year contract on 1 July 2014.[9] After appearing eight more appearance in the 2014-15 season, Williams signed a contract extension with the club, keeping him until 2016.[10]

On 9 December 2015 it was announced that Williams' contract will not be renewed at the end of the season.[11]

Loan Spells from Cheltenham Town[edit]

In December 2013, Williams was loaned out to Conference South side Farnborough and made one appearance before returning to his parent club.[12]

On 5 September 2014, Williams joined Evesham United on a one-month loan.[13] The next day, Williams scored on his Evesham United debut, in a 1-1 draw against Wimborne Town.[14] Williams then made his first start for Evesham United in the following game that saw them lose 3-1 against Didcot Town.[15] After extending his loan for the second[16] and third time,[17] Williams went on to make eleven appearance for the club and scored five times before recalled by his parent club on 17 November 2014.[18]

After his loan spell at Evesham United came to an end, Williams once again loaned out when he joined Gloucester City on 12 March 2015 for a one-month loan.[19] Three days later, on 15 March 2015, Williams made his Gloucester City debut, making his first start, in a 1-0 loss against Boston United.[20] Williams then scored his first Gloucester City goal, in a 3-1 win over Leamington on 5 April 2015.[21] Williams soon extended his loan spell with the club until the end of the season[22] and scored three times in seven appearance before being recalled in mid-April.[23]

Prior to the 2015/16 campaign Williams, along with another Cheltenham Town youngster Bobbie Dale, joined Isthmian League Premier Division club Farnborough on loan until January.[24] Williams went on to make ten appearance and scoring ten times, including scoring a hat-trick against Three Bridges on 21 October 2015.[25] However, Williams was recalled by his parent club in late=October.[26]

Shortly after ending his loan spell at Farnborough, Williams re-joined Gloucester City for the second time on 12 November 2015.[27] Williams then re-debuted for the club on 14 November 2015, in a 1-0 loss against Lowestoft Town.[28] Williams eventually scored four times in nine appearance before returning to his parent club on loan.

Sacramento Republic[edit]

After leaving Cheltenham Town, Williams moved to United States, signing for United Soccer League club Sacramento Republic in February 2016 where he reunited with former Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle.[29]

After picking up a minor knee injury in pre-season,[30] Williams eventually made his Sacramento Republic USL debut on 12 June 2016, in a 2-1 win over Real Monarchs.[31] Williams then scored his first Sacramento Republic goal on 7 May 2016, in a 2-0 win against LA Galaxy II.[32] Williams scored 4 goals during the regular season (a team high for a player of U23 age), with the 3rd goal being the winning goal versus Orange County Blues, a 2-1 win which secured a place in the playoffs for Sacramento Republic.[33]

He rejoined Gloucester City in February 2018 on non-contract terms until the end of the 2017/2018 season.[34]

Statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 February 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[a]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cheltenham Town 2013–14[35] League Two 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2014–15[36] League Two 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2015–16[37] National League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Farnborough (loan) 2014–15[38] Conference South 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Gloucester City (loans) 2014–15[38] Conference North 7 3 0 0 0 0 7 3
2015–16[38] National League North 9 4 0 0 0 0 9 4
Total 16 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 7
Career total 30 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 7
  1. ^ Lower league loan spells appearances are not included
  2. ^ Other competitive appearances, including the Football League Trophy and FA Trophy

Personal life[edit]

While playing in the America, Williams shared his apartment with teammate, Mackenzie Pridham.[39]

Growing up in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, England, Williams began playing football at age five and attended Glenfall Primary School[5] and Balcarras School.[40] While playing in America, Williams was nicknamed "Hack-A-Harry".[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Football League Limited: Club list of registered players as at 16th May 2015" (PDF). The Football League. 16 May 2015. p. 70. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Harry Williams: Player profile". Cheltenham Town F.C. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Toms, Murry (22 October 2013). "Full-time: Robins 3, Morecambe 0". Cheltenham Town F.C. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  4. ^ "List of Players Registered as Scholars in Accordance with Rule C.3 Between 01/07/2012 and 31/07/2012". The Football Association. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Cheltenham Town prospect Harry Williams nominated for Young Sports Personality of the Year". Gloustershire Echo. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ "2013-14 End of Season Awards". Cheltenahm Town F.C. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Harry Honoured". Cheltenham Town F.C. 21 October 2013. Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Scholars Signed On". Cheltenham Town F.C.1. 8 July 2013. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Harry Williams and Bobbie Dale Turn Professional". Cheltenham Town F.C. 28 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "VIDEO: Harry Williams signs one year contract extension with Cheltenham Town". Cheltenham Town F.C. 31 December 2014. Archived from the original on 29 May 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Contracts will not be extended". Cheltenham Town F.C. 9 December 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Day looks to deliver a triple festive boost". Get Hampshire. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Evesham Loan Harry Williams". Cheltenham Town F.C. 5 September 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Loan Watch, 8.9.14". Cheltenham Town F.C. 8 September 2014. Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Loan Watch, 11.9.14". Cheltenham Town F.C. 11 September 2014. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Cheltenham Town to sign Wolves' Eusebio". Cheltenham Town F.C. 9 October 2014. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Williams Signs On-Loan for Third Month". Evesham United F.C. 3 November 2014. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Williams Recalled by Cheltenham Town". Evesham United F.C. 17 November 2014. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Harry Williams and James Bowen join Gloucester City on loan". Cheltenham Town F.C. 12 March 2015. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Gloucester City beaten by Boston United". Gloucestershire Live. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Gloucester City see off relegation rivals Leamington". Gloucestershire Live. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Williams and Bowen extend loan stays with Gloucester City". Cheltenham Town F.C. 10 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Harry Williams and James Bowen recalled after loan spells at Gloucester City". Gloucestershire Live. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Youngsters sent out to gain experience". Cheltenham Town F.C. 7 August 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Williams gives Farnborough a timely boost ahead of vital game". Get Hampshire. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  26. ^ "Bobbie Dale and Harry Williams recalled". Farnborough F.C. 26 October 2015. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  27. ^ "Harry Williams joins Gloucester City on loan from World of Smile Stadium landlords Cheltenham Town". Gloucestershire Live. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  28. ^ "Gloucester City beaten at home by Lowestoft Town". Gloucestershire Liv. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  29. ^ "Sacramento Signs Young English Forward". USL Soccer. 24 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  30. ^ a b "Republic FC's Harry Williams upbeat despite foul debut". The Sacramento Bee. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  31. ^ "Republic FC beats Real Monarchs SLC 2-1 in Reno". The Sacramento Bee. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  32. ^ "Republic FC score two goals, earn fourth shutout of the season, break scoreless drought and losing streak with road win over LA Galaxy II". Sacramento Republic. 7 May 2016. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  33. ^ "Sacramento Republic FC clinch a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over Orange County Blues FC". Sacramento Republic. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  34. ^ "Gloucester City's new signing has "grown up" during spell in USA". Gloucestershire Live. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  35. ^ "Games played by Harry Williams in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  36. ^ "Games played by Harry Williams in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  37. ^ "Games played by Harry Williams in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  38. ^ a b c "Games played by Harry Williams (soccerway)". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  39. ^ "Former Cheltenham Town forward Harry Williams loving American adventure". Gloucestershire Live. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  40. ^ "Collicutt: Williams has big future in football". Cheltenham Town F.C. 7 October 2014. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.

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