Mike Williams (footballer, born 1986)

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Mike Williams
Personal information
Full name Michael Paul John Williams[1]
Date of birth (1986-10-27) 27 October 1986 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Colwyn Bay, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Llandudno
Youth career
000?–2005 Wrexham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Wrexham 117 (6)
2010–2013 Kidderminster Harriers 80 (4)
2013–2014 Altrincham 7 (0)
2015– Llandudno 50 (5)
National team
2004–2005 Wales U19 7 (1)
2006–2008 Wales U21 13 (2)
2009– Wales Semi-Pro 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2017.

Michael Paul John "Mike" Williams (born 27 October 1986) is a Welsh footballer currently playing for Llandudno. He has represented the country of his birth, Wales, at under-21 level.

Club career[edit]

Williams, who is the older brother of fellow footballer Marc Williams, began his career as a trainee at Wrexham and signed professional terms in July 2005, when he was described by manager Denis Smith as "...quick, strong and has a good left foot."[2] He made his first-team debut as a half-time substitute in a 4–1 defeat by Wycombe Wanderers in September 2005[3] and became an established player in the Wrexham back four, making 60 league appearances in three seasons[4] and playing in the cup upsets at Sheffield Wednesday in August 2006[5] and Scunthorpe United in December 2006.[6] In November 2006, Williams agreed a new contract keeping him at Wrexham until 2009.[7] At the end of the 2009–10 season, Williams was released by Wrexham.

Williams is the third post-war player called Mike Williams to play for Wrexham. The first came through the youth system in the 1970s, with the second joining from Chester City in 1984.[8]

In July 2010 he joined fellow Conference Premier outfit Kidderminster Harriers on trial and was handed a permanent one-year contract with the Aggborough Stadium club on 20 July.[9] On 30 May 2012, he signed a new one-year contract.[10]

He joined Conference North side Altrincham in 2013, securing promotion to the Conference with them via the play-offs in 2013–14. He was forced to retire in November 2014, at the age of 28, after being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips.[11] Williams came out of retirement in August 2015 after a successful pre-season with Welsh Premier League side Llandudno,[12] playing alongside his brother Marc again.

International career[edit]

Williams made his debut for Wales U21 against Northern Ireland U21 in February 2006[13] and scored the winner on his second cap against Cyprus U21 in May 2006.[14] He went on to make 13 appearances for Wales U21 in total, scoring two goals.[15]

On 8 September 2009, he made his debut for the Wales semi-professional side during a 2–1 defeat to Poland.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 April 2010.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wrexham 2005–06 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2006–07 31 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 37 0
2007–08 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2008–09 27 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 31 2
2009–10 30 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 34 4
Total 118 6 6 0 2 0 6 0 132 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 440. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "Wrexham put their faith in youth". BBC Sport. 16 July 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "Wycombe 4–1 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Mike Williams". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Sheffield Wed 1–4 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 23 August 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Scunthorpe 0–2 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Wrexham trio agree new contracts". BBC Sport. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  8. ^ Barry Hugman (2005). The PFA Premier and Football League Players' Records, 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. pp. 662–663. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  9. ^ "Williams and Morris joins Harriers". Kidderminster Shuttle. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/other-football/kidderminster-harriers-fc/2012/05/30/mike-williams-signs-new-harriers-deal/
  11. ^ "Former Wrexham FC player Mike Williams forced to call time on career". Daily Post. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Morgs delighted to lure Williams out of retirement". Welsh-Premier. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Wales U21 0–1 N Ireland U21". BBC Sport. 28 February 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  14. ^ "Wales U21 1–0 Cyprus U21". BBC Sport. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  15. ^ "Men – Under 21 – Mike Williams". Football Association of Wales. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2008. 
  16. ^ "Wales 1–2 Poland". faw.org.uk. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 

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