Ryan Williams (footballer, born 1991)

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Ryan Williams
Personal information
Full name Ryan Anthony Williams[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-08) 8 April 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Birkenhead, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2007–2009 Chester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Chester City 0 (0)
2009–2011 Colwyn Bay 10 (1)
2010–2011 Llandudno (loan) 16 (7)
2011–2012 Rhyl 35 (16)
2013–2015 Morecambe 53 (5)
2015–2016 Brentford 1 (0)
2016 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 7 (0)
2016–2017 Ottawa Fury 34 (7)
National team
2010 England Futsal 1 (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.[3] 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.

Career[edit]

Chester City[edit]

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.[4] 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,[5][6][7] but tore ankle ligaments on the stroke of half time and failed to recover before the Seals' relegation at the end of the season.[8]

Non-league football[edit]

Williams signed for Northern Premier League Division One North side Colwyn Bay in late 2009.[9] 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,[10][11] with his performances winning him the club's Player of the Year award and a place in the league's Team of the Year.[9] 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.[9] He departed Rhyl midway through the 2012–13 season.[12]

Morecambe[edit]

Williams began training with League Two side Morecambe in July 2012, but was not offered a contract due to financial constraints.[13] 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.[14] International clearance problems held up the signing,[15] with Williams taking the opportunity to spend time on trial with Premier League side Stoke City,[8] making two appearances for the club's Development Squad in November 2012.[16] 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,[17] coming on as a 68th-minute substitute for Gary McDonald.[18] He crowned his day with a long-range goal in the 80th minute, though the Shrimps would lose 2–1.[19] 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.[18] 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.[20] Williams made 16 appearances and scored two goals during the second half of the 2012–13 season.[18]

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.[21] His performances saw him sign a new one-year contract extension in February 2014.[22] 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.[23] Williams began the 2014–15 season alternating between a starting berth and a place on the bench, failing to score any goals.[24] Williams missed the final two months of the season with a hernia problem and finished the campaign with 16 appearances and no goals.[25] 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.[26][27]

Brentford[edit]

On 11 June 2015, Williams signed a one-year deal with Championship club Brentford, with the option for a further year.[28] 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.[29] On 1 February 2016 and having failed to win a call into the squad in over four months,[30] Williams' contract was cancelled by mutual consent.[31] 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".[32]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[edit]

On 1 February 2016, Williams joined Scottish Premiership club Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a deal running until the end of the 2015–16 season.[33] He made his debut two weeks later as a substitute in a 3–1 victory over Aberdeen two weeks later.

Ottawa Fury[edit]

On 19 July 2016, Williams moved to Canada to join North American Soccer League club Ottawa Fury.[34] 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.[2][35] After making 20 appearances and scoring five goals during the 2017 United Soccer League season,[35] Williams departed the club.[36]

Futsal[edit]

Williams played futsal for Tranmere Victoria and Liverpool and was named in the England squad for the 2010 FA Futsal Four Nations Tournament.[37][38] He made his debut in the final of the tournament, a 3–2 defeat to Turkey.[8]

Personal life[edit]

After dropping out of professional football in 2009, Williams studied to become a personal trainer, eventually launching Roqstar Fitness, based in New Brighton.[8]

Honours[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 October 2017.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chester City 2008–09[39] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
Morecambe 2012–13[18] League Two 16 2 16 2
2013–14[23] 25 3 1 0 2 1 1[b] 0 29 4
2014–15[25] 12 0 1 0 1 0 2[b] 0 16 0
Total 53 5 2 0 3 1 3 0 61 6
Brentford 2015–16[29] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2015–16[29] Scottish Premiership 7 0 0 0 7 0
Ottawa Fury 2016[35] North American Soccer League 18 4 18 4
2017[35] United Soccer League 16 3 4 2 20 5
Total 34 7 4 2 38 9
Career total 94 12 6 2 4 1 4 0 108 15
  1. ^ Appearance in Cheshire Senior Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

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