Tom Williams (footballer)

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Tom Williams
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Pictured in 2011
Personal information
Full name Thomas Andrew Williams[1]
Date of birth (1980-07-08) 8 July 1980 (age 36)[1]
Place of birth Carshalton, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Defender, midfielder
Club information
Current team
Arizona United SC
Number 33
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Walton & Hersham ? (?)
2000–2001 West Ham United 0 (0)
2001 Peterborough United (loan) 2 (0)
2001–2002 Peterborough United 34 (2)
2002–2004 Birmingham City 4 (0)
2002–2003 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 26 (1)
2003 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2004 Peterborough United (loan) 14 (0)
2004 Peterborough United 7 (1)
2004–2005 Barnsley 39 (0)
2005–2006 Gillingham 13 (0)
2006–2007 Swansea City 46 (0)
2007 Wycombe Wanderers 10 (0)
2007–2008 Peterborough United (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2010 Peterborough United 40 (0)
2009 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 5 (0)
2010 Preston North End (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2011 Bristol City 1 (0)
2010 Colchester United (loan) 7 (1)
2011 Walsall 14 (1)
2011 Kettering Town 1 (0)
2012–2013 Notts County 1 (0)
2014 Guildford City 3 (0)
2016– Arizona United 5 (0)
National team
2006 Cyprus 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2016.

Thomas Andrew "Tom" Williams (born 8 July 1980) is a former Cyprus international footballer who plays primarily as a defender, but he can also play in midfield. He has made nearly 300 appearances in the Football League playing for numerous different clubs. He now plays for Arizona United SC in the United Soccer League.


Club career[edit]

Williams was born in Carshalton, London.[1] His professional career began with West Ham United in April 2000 when he joined the club from Walton & Hersham for a fee of £40,000. He went on loan to Peterborough United in March 2001, without having made his senior debut, and the move was made permanent during the summer. He stayed with the Posh for one season, before moving to Birmingham City for a fee of £350,000.

His career stalled at St Andrew's, playing just four games for Birmingham, and, after two loan periods at Queens Park Rangers, he rejoined Peterborough United, initially on loan, later joining permanently. In May 2004 Williams went to Barnsley on a free transfer.

He played a full season for the South Yorkshire side, before moving again on a free transfer to Gillingham in July 2005, and then signing for Swansea City in January 2006 after the Gills suffered financial problems. He returned to the side in December 2006 after a hernia operation in November. He was released by the club on 7 May 2007.

On 27 July 2007, he joined Wycombe Wanderers on a two-year deal.[2]

On 31 December 2007 Williams joined Peterborough United for the third time, initially on an emergency loan to make him available for the match on New Year's Day, for which he was an unused substitute. The loan was converted to a two-year permanent deal two days later.[3][4][5]

On 9 November 2009, Williams rejoined Championship side Queens Park Rangers on a short term loan deal, with a possible view to sign permanently in the January transfer window. This did not happen in the end and he returned to Peterborough during January 2010.

Williams joined former boss Darren Ferguson at Preston North End on loan for the rest of the season. Preston decided not to sign him on a permanent basis and he returned to Peterborough where he was released following his contract expiry.

After a pre-season trial,[6] Williams joined Championship club Bristol City on a six-month contract on 5 August 2010.[7]

Williams joined Colchester United on a months loan on 30 September. This was later extended twice until 31 December. Williams had his contract terminated at Bristol City on 5 January 2011.

On 14 February 2011, he joined League One side Walsall on a deal until the end of the season.[8] In August 2011, Williams played one match in the Conference for Kettering Town, a 3–0 defeat away at Mansfield Town.[9] He signed for Notts County in August 2012 on a short-term deal,[10] and was released in January 2013 when his contract expired.[11]

Williams played for Southern League Division 1 South and West side Guildford City in early 2014.[12]

In February 2014, Williams was one of a number of foreign signings made by Vanuatu club Amicale to strengthen their team ahead of the 2013–14 OFC Champions League campaign.[13]

International career[edit]

Williams qualifies for Cyprus through his mother,[14] and has one international cap to date, which came in 2006.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Williams is married to former glamour model Nicola McLean.[16] The couple have two sons.[17]


Peterborough United


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 455. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ "Wycombe recruit defender Williams". BBC Sport. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2007. 
  3. ^ Swann, Alan (31 December 2007). "Posh signings: Williams and Hatch". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  4. ^ Cecil, Matt (31 December 2007). "Tom Williams leaves the club". Wycombe Wanderers F.C. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Tom Williams". Peterborough United F.C. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Defender Tom Williams handed trial by Bristol City". BBC Sport. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tom Pens Six-Month Deal". Bristol City F.C. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "Walsall sign utility player Tom Williams". BBC Sport. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Mansfield Town 3–0 Kettering Town". Kettering Town F.C. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Notts County sign Carl Regan and Tom Williams". BBC Sport. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Duo released". Notts County F.C. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Guildford City v Clevedon Town – Today (GAME ON) & New Signings". Guildford City F.C. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. We also welcome the highly experienced central defender Tom Williams who joins us from Notts County. Tom gained a full international cap for Cyprus in 2006 and has made nearly 300 Football League appearances for a number of clubs including Peterborough United, Barnsley and Swansea City. 
    Underwood, Barry (12 January 2014). "Guildford City 3–2 Clevedon Town". Guildford City F.C. Retrieved 18 March 2015. City for their part gave a debut to Cyprus international Tom Williams in the centre of defence 
    "Merthyr Town 12–0 Guildford City". Guildford City F.C. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Amicale look to Europe for Champions League glory". Vanuatu Football Federation. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Blanche, Phil (9 September 2006). "Watch out for Cyprus, warns Williams" (reprint). Western Mail. Cardiff. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Tom Williams at
  16. ^ Reinis, Nick (11 July 2009). "Tommy Williams and Nicola McLean tie the knot in a TV ceremony". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  17. ^ Kay, Nathan (25 March 2010). "It's a boy! Nicola McLean gives birth to her second child". Mail Online. London. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 

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