John Williams (footballer, born 1968)
|Full name||John Nelson Williams|
|Date of birth||11 May 1968|
|Place of birth||Birmingham, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1994||→ Notts County (loan)||5||(2)|
|1994||→ Stoke City (loan)||4||(0)|
|1995||→ Swansea City (loan)||7||(2)|
|2008||Boldmere St. Michaels|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He notably played in the Premier League for Coventry City. He played in the Football League for Swansea City, Notts County, Stoke City, Wycombe Wanderers, Hereford United, Walsall, Exeter City, Cardiff City, York City and Darlington, as well as in Non-league for Cradley Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Bath City, Redditch United, Evesham United, Weston-super-Mare, Stourbridge, Willenhall Town and Boldmere St. Michaels.
Williams started his footballing career at his local club Cradley Town in 1990. After impressing in the lower leagues he attracted the attention of Football League sides and joined Welsh side Swansea City in 1991. After having a decent season with Swansea he move on up to Coventry City the following season. He spent three years with the sky blues making 80 league appearances, the most he would acquire in his career. Williams' early goal against Middlesbrough on 15 August 1992 was only the second goal ever scored in the newly formed FA Premiership (the goal came in the ninth minute of the game which was approximately four minutes after Brian Deane's goal against Manchester United on the opening day of the new season). Whilst at Coventry Williams had loan spells at Notts County, Stoke City and at his old club Swansea City. He left Coventry in 1995 and joined new league side Wycombe Wanderers to start a somewhat nomadic career. After two years with the chairboys he moved on to unsuccessful spells at Hereford United and Walsall. Williams then went on to have a new club every season starting with Exeter City in the 1997–98 season. He went on to play for Cardiff City, York City, Darlington, two seasons with Swansea City his third spell at the club and his final Football League side Kidderminster Harriers. Known as the "flying postman" due to his speed and career before football, when playing for Kidderminster scored famously against Wolves in the FA Cup 3rd round only for his goal to be equalised in the final minutes.
Following the end of his professional career Williams has gone on to have a similar nomadic career in non-league football. These clubs are Bath City, Redditch United, Evesham United, Weston-super-Mare, Stourbridge, Willenhall Town and most recently Boldmere St. Michaels. This has taken his total number of clubs to 22.
John has since worked as a youth and community worker in Birmingham whilst keeping links with the game as an agent with a Sports management company. His company 'Flying Postman productions' also produces football themed evening entertainments. At the 1992 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium he claimed the £10,000 pound first prize when he won the Rumbelows Sprint Contest in a time of 11.49 seconds beating amongst others Leigh Jenkinson and Efan Ekoku.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Swansea City||1991–92||Third Division||39||11||3||0||3||0||1||0||46||11|
|Coventry City||1992–93||Premier League||41||8||1||0||2||0||0||0||44||8|
|Notts County (loan)||1994–95||First Division||5||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||2|
|Stoke City (loan)||1994–95||First Division||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Swansea City (loan)||1994–95||Second Division||7||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||2|
|Wycombe Wanderers||1995–96||Second Division||29||8||1||0||2||0||2||0||34||8|
|Hereford United||1996–97||Third Division||11||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||3|
|Exeter City||1997–98||Third Division||36||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||36||4|
|Cardiff City||1998–99||Third Division||43||12||5||3||2||1||1||0||51||16|
|York City||1999–2000||Third Division||36||3||1||0||1||0||1||0||39||3|
|Swansea City||2001–02||Third Division||41||4||2||1||1||0||1||0||45||5|
|Kidderminster Harriers||2003–04||Third Division||44||4||4||1||1||0||1||0||50||5|
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 454. ISBN 1-85291-651-6.
- *Lowe, Simon: "Stoke City The Modern Era – A Complete Record" (Desert Island Books, ISBN 1-874287-39-2).
- "Willenhall to take cup chance". Express & Star. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Flying postman John Williams is still a handful". Birmingham Mail. 15 August 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- John Williams at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
- John Williams at Soccerbase