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Gary Williams

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Position Right back
Born 17 Jun 1960, Wolverhampton (England)
Height 175 cm
Weight 70 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Aston Villa 01 Jun 1978 01 Jul 1987 240 0 £235000
Walsall 01 Mar 1980   9 0 on loan
Leeds United 01 Jul 1987 01 Jan 1990 45 3 £0
Watford 01 Jan 1990 01 Dec 1991 42 0  
Bradford City 01 Dec 1991 01 Jun 1994 85 5  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1987 - 1988 31 3 1   3   0   0  
1988 - 1989 8   0(1)   1   0   0  
Total 39 3 1(1)   4   0   0  

Jabba's Comments

Experienced full-back who was one of Billy Bremner's last signings. Williams had enjoyed a great career with Aston Villa, winning a League Championship medal and also being a part of the side that beat Bayern Munich to take the European Cup in 1982. Villa's slide from such lofty heights was slow to start, but by 1987 they were relegated and Williams was released. He gained a regular place at Elland Road, but under Wilko his chances were more and more limited, and he was released on a free transfer in 1990.

Nick Pennington says: I used to work with Gary in a pub in Boston Spa, where he was learning the pub trade in preparation to one day buying one. I found him to be a very nice, interesting and lively man, who must prefer Yorkshire to the Midlands!

We did have many conversations about football, but didn't really mention Leeds. The best part of his career was spent at Villa, and listening to his memories of the 1982 European Cup were spell-binding. The man marked Diego Maradona for goodness sake!! This was excellent stuff.

By the way, he claimed to me that he did win some England caps, at his time at Villa, though they were friendlies and he never played for England in a competative match.

Katie says: hey,i live opposite gary and hes a great guy,ive known him years and hes bin a big inspiration 2 me,and my footie m8s,we luk up 2 u gaz!rock on!

simon williams says: Gary Williams is my Dad, and i am hoping to follow in his footsteps if i could be half the player he was i will have a great carrer, i have just turned professional footballer myself i play in the premiership in Finland, i am there now, so i hope one day i can be like him, oh by the way he was injury hit at Leeds and when he came back wilko was in charge ask any pro what they think of him, and villa wanted him to stay were he was, also forget to say when he was at villa, he was linked with the likes of Arsnal, Nottingham Foreset and Rangers. Thank you

johnathen zoltie says: I think that Gary william was i very steady player it was true that his highs of his carrer was at the villa,but injury hit him at united and was unlucky, but when he did play he was very steady and experienced player, i must say that i once saw him walking through the city centre when he first camt to united and i spock to him and wished him all the best with united. He was very down to earth and pollite and considering what he had achived in his career that was great, Once he left Leeds i followed his career and he reganed his form at Watford and ended his career at Bradford City very well, So i would like to say Gaza the true Gentleman and proffesional

Mike Lonsdale says: I liked gary very much as a player he was a steady player always gave 100% and i was very happy when he signed for us.

Anna vesuella says: y name is Anna i am the girlfriend of Simon gary's soon. Evem though i live in Finland and i have never seen him play, but i have met him and simon is very proud of him and makes me watch tapes of him, and he seemed like was a good player and Si made me go on this site to put a comment on, so here it is, Si is at practice write now so he will be happy wen i talk him and say i done it. Kitos (Tank you)

Daniel Jmaes says: Good full back we could do with someone like gary now in the team, stedy player, very consisdent. I live near Gary now in a little village called Scarcroft near to Weaterby, i am 17 years old, and i always see him driving past in his Mercadies and he always waves to me, and i am friends with his younger son and he always get's us free tickets to the Games. I can't remember what he was like as a player but he is a great guy.

Chris Hiles says: i go drinking with Gary sometimes at the Bingley arms in Bardsey and he is a grat laugh top lad, and when we have had a fewc he and Brendon tell us all stories from the days they are so funny, lets hope their wifes never find out

jon zoltie says: first of all, the person who posted my name in one of the past comments was not me but i have a good idea who it was!!! anyway,garys son and i are best mates and i thought i would just mention that gary williams is a legend who played in top flight football for quite a while. he had a great career and to have a european cup medal to your name is something special(especially after marking maradona!!!) i know the familly well and gary is a gentleman, a squire and a good family guy who has supported his son all the way through to his proffesional signing through lots of advice and tuition. i owe the family a lot of food from late night cravings after alcohol and so would like to take the opportunity to say that i will one day take them out to dinner.(including paulo the dog cos he is a legend also!!!) if sy is reading this, i hope to see you soon mate, keep in touch.

Peter Hammingom says: Hay Gary Williams was a tariffic player and is a true Gentleman and we could of done with him in the team in resent events.

Simon Williams (son) says: hay Jon i have just red your comments, thanks for those grat things you said about my Dad, he is a true Gentleman and a squire and i want everyone to know that he has always supported me with my football, i cant thank him enough for what he has done for me in the past, i know that a am being byest but to me he was the gratest full back of his time, just look what he has won at the Villa, but there one thing i wish i could achieve half the things that he has won and i will have a grat career.

Simon Williams says: My Dad was not released from Villa he choose to leave he was offered another contract but choose to go to Leeds from other offers such as Forrest, Southampton to go to Leeds because of the support and the potentioal, so please get you facts right jabba, also i n his carrer the likes of Rangers, Arsenal, Manchester United were all intrested but why go when he was winning this with the Villa?

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