Bobby Williams



Years at the club: 1969 - 71
Date of birth: 17/02/1950
Birth place: Bristol
Position: Midfield/Forward
Appearances: 72
Goals: 22
Clubs: Bristol City, Rotherham Utd, Bristol Rov., ASO Ostend (Belgium )
Honours: Bristol City: Football League Third Division runners up 1964–65

Bobby "Shadow" Williams played locally in Bristol. Peter Doherty signed Bobby Williams in May 1958 for Bristol City. Williams moved from Bristol City to Rotherham United in February 1965 for £10,000 and then onto Bristol Rovers in March 1967.

Williams moved to Reading in August 1969 following his old Rotherham manager Jack Mansell to Elm Park. An naturaral in inspiring leader, Jack made him captain and proved a key member of Mansell's Styllish, attacking Reading team of the late '70's.

The crowning glory of his time at Reading was pitting his wits against Manchester United captain Bobby Charlton when the two came together for the 1970 Watney Cup match at Elm Park in 1970.

Bobby Williams then had spells with ASO Ostend in Belgium, with Cheltenham Town under the management of former Bristol City player Bobby Etheridge and with Weymouth in the Southern League.

Bobby williams was almost killed in a car crash in September 1972 which despite a playing comeback attempt with local Bristol club Keynsham Town brought an end to his playing career.

In 1976 Williams re- joined Reading as Reserves team manager. His competance at mentoring young players led to him being actively involved in developing Reading's highly succesful Centre of Excellance and progressing to become Youth team Manager in 1980.

In 1997 he returned to Bristol City in 1997 to work as Youth scout but returned to Reading just two years later to work as scout under old friend and chief scout Maurice Evans. He still holds that position at Madejski Stadium at the age of 62.

(as at Februart 2013)

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