Oshor Williams

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Oshor Williams
Personal information
Full name Oshor Joseph Williams[1]
Date of birth (1958-04-21) 21 April 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Forward
Youth career
1972–1975 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Manchester United 0 (0)
1977 Billingham Synthonia
1977–1978 Gateshead
1978–1979 Southampton 7 (0)
1978Exeter City (loan) 3 (0)
1979–1984 Stockport County 193 (26)
1984–1986 Port Vale 49 (6)
1986–1989 Preston North End 39 (12)
1989–1990 Lancaster City
1991–1993 Winsford United
1993–1994 Witton Albion
1994–1995 Hyde United 16 (0)
Total 307+ (44+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Oshor Joseph Williams (born 21 April 1958) is an English former footballer in the English Football League who now works for the PFA as a union learning representative. During his playing days he played both in midfielder and in attack. During his career he took part in two successful Fourth Division promotion campaigns.

He started his career as a youth team player at Middlesbrough, before joining Manchester United in 1976. Failing to make the first team, he joined non-league Billingham Synthonia and then Gateshead, before returning to the professional game with Southampton in 1978. A year later he signed for Stockport County, where his career really took off. Five years he spent with Stockport, making close to 200 league appearances. He then spent two years at Port Vale and then Preston North End. In 1989, he left the professional game permanently, joining non-league Lancaster City. He signed with Winsford United in 1993 and then Hyde United a year later. He retired as a player in 1995.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born and raised in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, Williams joined his local league club Middlesbrough as a schoolboy in 1972, signing apprentice forms with the club once he had turned fifteen. However, when "Boro" decided not to offer Williams a professional contract in August 1976, he was immediately offered a second chance by Manchester United. Williams spent twelve months at Old Trafford before they in turn decided to release him.[2]

Upon his release from United, Williams returned to the North East and had spells with both Billingham Synthonia and Gateshead before he was spotted by a scout from Southampton, who offered him a trial with the club in March 1978.[2]

Southampton[edit]

After impressing manager Lawrie McMenemy, Williams signed professional forms with the Dell club after they secured his services for a £4,000 fee.[3] After just a handful of reserve team outings, he was loaned out to basement club Exeter City for the start of the 1978–79 season. In his month at St James Park, Williams made two appearances, scoring once, before returning to the "Saints". He made his debut on 3 March 1979, taking Terry Curran's place at outside left at home to Arsenal.[4] Despite showing plenty of natural ball control, his final touch was lacking,[5] and he made only three further starts, plus two substitute appearances, before he was given a free transfer to Stockport County in September 1979.

Stockport County[edit]

It was at County that Williams found his feet, becoming a favourite with the Stockport fans. A quick winger with an eye for goal, Williams was at his most dangerous with the ball at his feet attacking the opposition full back. He acted as the captain whenever skipper Tommy Sword was unavailable.[2] In four-and-a-half seasons at Edgeley Park, Williams played 216 games in all competitions, scoring 31 goals, before being surprisingly sold to Port Vale for £7,000 in November 1984.[6] Under Jimmy McGuigan's stewardship, the "Hatters" struggled in the lower half of the Fourth Division table in 1979–80, 1980–81, and 1981–82. Their form improved slightly under new boss Eric Webster in the 1982–83 and 1983–84 campaigns.

Port Vale[edit]

His first season at Vale Park saw him make 22 appearances, scoring two goals.[6] He cracked his left kneecap in a training accident in February 1985, but recovered his first team place on his recovery two months later.[6] His second season with the club saw Williams win his first promotion, when John Rudge's "Valiants" were promoted to the Third Division in 1986. Soon, though, after 62 games and seven goals for Vale, troubled Preston North End came calling, and after agreeing a bargain £2,000 fee in August 1986.[2] Having recently refused new terms with the Vale, the move came as little surprise to observers of the game.[6]

Preston North End[edit]

Manager John McGrath immediately installed Williams as captain.[7] He made his debut on 26 August, and scored on his home debut at Deepdale the following week in a 2–1 victory over Swansea City.[2] Preston stormed to promotion at the end of the 1986–87 season; Williams missed three months with injury but scored 14 goals in 36 games, with four of his goals coming in braces against former clubs Stockport and Exeter.[2] The next two seasons, however, were almost a washout, with injury restricting Williams to just a handful of games.[2] At the end of the 1988–89 season, Williams decided to call it a day from playing full-time and started work behind the scenes at Deepdale, both as a coach and in the commercial department.[2] Nevertheless, Williams still turned out part-time for Lancaster City in the Northern Premier League.

Later career[edit]

Upon leaving Lancaster at the end of the 1990–91 season, Williams moved onto Winsford United.[2] He signed for Northern Premier League Premier Division side Hyde United for the 1994–95 season. He played 29 games and scored once during his time at Ewen Fields, helping the "Tigers" to a fourth-place finish and qualification to the First Round of the FA Cup, with his goal coming as a last-minute equaliser to take the FA Cup Second Round qualification match at Colwyn Bay to a replay.[8]

Post-retirement[edit]

It was after leaving Hyde that Williams studied at the University of Salford for his BA in politics and history.[9] He later worked as a Sports studies lecturer at Trafford College.[10] He joined the coaching staff at Aberdeen in February 1993, and remained at Pittodrie until he was sacked alongside manager Steve Paterson in May 2004.[2]

Williams now works for the PFA education service, where he is on hand to offer help and advice to footballers past and present in their efforts to gain qualifications for life after football.[2] Williams also works as a coach at Wigan Athletic, where he coaches the under-16s at the Latics Centre of Excellence.[11]

Statistics[edit]

Source:[12]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 1976–77 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Southampton 1977–78 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978–79 First Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1979–80 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Exeter City (loan) 1978–79 Third Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Stockport County 1979–80 Fourth Division 28 1 0 0 2 0 30 1
1980–81 Fourth Division 36 6 2 0 5 0 43 6
1981–82 Fourth Division 45 9 2 2 2 0 49 11
1982–83 Fourth Division 34 2 1 1 2 0 37 3
1983–84 Fourth Division 37 6 1 0 4 2 42 8
1984–85 Fourth Division 13 2 0 0 2 0 15 2
Total 193 26 6 3 17 2 216 31
Port Vale 1984–85 Fourth Division 17 3 3 0 2 1 22 4
1985–86 Fourth Division 32 3 4 0 4 0 40 3
Total 49 6 7 0 6 1 62 7
Preston North End 1986–87 Fourth Division 29 10 3 2 4 2 36 14
1987–88 Third Division 10 2 0 0 2 0 12 2
1988–89 Third Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 39 12 3 2 7 2 49 16
Hyde United[13] 1994–95 Northern Premier League Premier Division 16 0 5 1 8 0 29 1
Career total 307 44 21 6 38 0 366 55

Honours[edit]

Preston North End
Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oshor Williams". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Ob790. "Player Profile Oshor Williams". prestonnorthend-mad.co.uk. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  3. ^ Amos, Mike (6 July 2017). "Mike Amos: Easy Ryder". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  4. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 178–179. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.
  5. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. pp. 366–367. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.
  6. ^ a b c d Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 312. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.
  7. ^ "Oshor's debt to big Mac". Lancashire Post. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Hyde Football Club: Database". www.hydeunited.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Meet the Team". www.thepfa.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  10. ^ Ellis, Adam (31 March 2016). "Where Are They Now? Port Vale Fourth Div promotion winners 1985/86". The Football League Paper. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Serious message behind fun event". Northamptonshire Telegraph. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  12. ^ Oshor Williams at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  13. ^ "Hyde Football Club: Database". www.hydeunited.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  14. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Rags to Riches (1979–1990)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 258–290. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.
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