Graham Williams

Graham Williams

Graham Williams was born in Henllan, near Denbigh, 2nd April 1938. He joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur in September 1954 and turned professional in April 1955 spending 18 years at the club. He started out outside left but adapted to the left back role to become the main stay of the Albion defence. 

He captained the side to victory in the 1966 Football League Cup Final against West Ham United which he scored in the second leg and again captained the team in the 1968 FA Cup Final.

Made his debut against Blackpool on 19th November 1955 in a 2-1 defeat but it was not until 1962 -63 season that he became a firm fixture in Albion’s defence playing in over 400 games for Albion, 314 of them in the first division, although a full back he scored 11 goals the first of which was against Bolton Wanderers 31st August 1963.

His final league game came on 27th December 1969 against Derby County at the Baseball Ground Derby However his final match was the League Cup Final 7th March 1970 in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, What a fitting end to a career if he could have lifted the Cup just one more time,

 He was granted a testimonial by the club 28th April 1965 against a former Albion XI. After leaving Albion in 1972 he took up the post of player-manager with Weymouth, with whom he remained until 1975.

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