Ryan Williams (footballer, born 1991)
|Full name||Ryan Anthony Williams|
|Date of birth||8 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Birkenhead, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|2010–2011||→ Llandudno (loan)||16||(7)|
|2016||Inverness Caledonian Thistle||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:35, 22 November 2017 (UTC).
Ryan Anthony Williams (born 8 April 1991) is an English professional footballer midfielder who is currently unattached. After beginning his career at Chester City, Williams came to prominence with Morecambe and built a reputation as a free kick specialist. After spells with Brentford and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, he moved to Canada to join Ottawa Fury in 2016. Williams won an international futsal cap for England.
Born in Birkenhead, Williams came through the youth ranks at League Two side Chester City and a transfer embargo saw him and other youngsters promoted to the club's first team during the 2008–09 season at age 17. He was an unused substitute in seven matches between September and December 2008 and made his senior debut for the club in a 7–0 Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final defeat to Crewe Alexandra on 20 January 2009, but tore ankle ligaments on the stroke of half time and failed to recover before the Seals' relegation at the end of the season.
Williams signed for Northern Premier League Division One North side Colwyn Bay in late 2009. He helped the side achieve promotion to the Premier Division and moved on to sign for Cymru Alliance side Llandudno on loan during the 2010–11 season, with his performances winning him the club's Player of the Year award and a place in the league's Team of the Year. Williams signed with fellow Cymru Alliance side Rhyl in July 2011, putting in another Cymru Alliance Team of the Year performance across the 2011–12 season. He departed Rhyl midway through the 2012–13 season.
Williams began training with League Two side Morecambe in July 2012, but was not offered a contract due to financial constraints. After the departure of Joe Mwasile on loan, funds were made available for Williams to be offered a short-term contract with the Shrimps in October 2012. International clearance problems held up the signing, with Williams taking the opportunity to spend time on trial with Premier League side Stoke City, making two appearances for the club's Development Squad in November 2012. Williams finally signed for Morecambe on 7 January 2013 and finally made his Football League debut in a match versus Plymouth Argyle five days later, coming on as a 68th-minute substitute for Gary McDonald. He crowned his day with a long-range goal in the 80th minute, though the Shrimps would lose 2–1. He scored his second goal in three games versus Dagenham & Redbridge two weeks later, this time scoring a late winner in a 2–1 victory. A first start versus York City on 2 February and Man of the Match performances later in the month versus Exeter City and Aldershot Town saw Williams sign a new contract running until the end of the 2013–14 season. Williams made 16 appearances and scored two goals during the second half of the 2012–13 season.
Williams was a regular starter during the 2013–14 season and got his campaign off to a flyer, netting long range goals with a free kick in a League Cup first round victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and a 25-yard strike in a league draw with Torquay United. His performances saw him sign a new one-year contract extension in February 2014. Williams made 29 appearances and scored four goals during his first full season of league football winning his teams Goal of the Season award in the process. Williams began the 2014–15 season alternating between a starting berth and a place on the bench, failing to score any goals. Williams missed the final two months of the season with a hernia problem and finished the campaign with 16 appearances and no goals. Williams was released in May 2015 after making 61 appearances and scoring five goals during his two-and-a-half year spell at the Globe Arena.
On 11 June 2015, Williams signed a one-year deal with Championship club Brentford, with the option for a further year. His only appearance for the Bees came with a start in a 4–0 League Cup first round humbling at the hands of Oxford United on 11 August. On 1 February 2016 and having failed to win a call into the squad in over four months, Williams' contract was cancelled by mutual consent. Get West London later reported that Williams "was a set-piece expert, but was never going to get in the first team and (Brentford) turned him into a set-pieces coach".
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
On 1 February 2016, Williams joined Scottish Premiership club Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a deal running until the end of the 2015–16 season. He made his debut two weeks later as a substitute in a 3–1 victory over Aberdeen two weeks later.
On 19 July 2016, Williams moved to Canada to join North American Soccer League club Ottawa Fury. He made 18 appearances and scored four goals during the remainder of the 2016 season and was named as the Fans' Player of the Year. After making 20 appearances and scoring five goals during the 2017 United Soccer League season, Williams departed the club.
Williams played futsal for Tranmere Victoria and Liverpool and was named in the England squad for the 2010 FA Futsal Four Nations Tournament. He made his debut in the final of the tournament, a 3–2 defeat to Turkey.
- Ottawa Fury Fans' Player of the Year (1): 2016
- Llandudno Player of the Year (1): 2010–11
- Cymru Alliance Team of the Year (2): 2010–11, 2011–12
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- As of match played 15 October 2017.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Chester City||2008–09||League Two||0||0||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||1||0|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle||2015–16||Scottish Premiership||7||0||0||0||—||—||7||0|
|Ottawa Fury||2016||North American Soccer League||18||4||—||—||—||18||4|
|2017||United Soccer League||16||3||4||2||—||—||20||5|
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