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Adrian Williams
Personal information
Date of birth 16 August 1971 (1971-08-16) (age 38)
Place of birth    Reading, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Weston-super-Mare A.F.C.
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989–1996
1996–2000
2000
2000–2004
2004–2006
2005

2006–2009
2009–

Reading
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Reading (loan)
Reading
Coventry City
Millwall (loan)
Swindon Town
Weston-super-Mare
196 (14)
028 0(0)
015 0(1)
122 0(3)
035 0(2)
012 0(1)
028 0(0)
000 0(0)   
National team2
1995–2003 Wales 013 0(1)
Teams managed
1994–1995
2006
Reading (joint caretaker)
Swindon Town (caretaker)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13:38, 20 January 2008 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 12:47, 23 May 2006 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Adrian "Ady" Williams (born 16 August 1971, in Reading, England) is a Wales international footballer.

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Club career

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Reading

Williams started his career with Reading, making his first appearance in the 1991–92 season. This first spell at Reading saw him established as a firm fans favourite. His talent and youth saw him play in every position for The Royals, from centre-forward to emergency goalkeeper, wearing every shirt number from 1-11 in the process. He was a regular in the side that missed out on promotion to the Premier League, eventually losing to Bolton Wanderers in the 1994–95 First Division Play-off Final at Wembley.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In 1996 he was signed by Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he remained until the 1999–2000 season. His time at Molineux was largely interrupted by injury; he made just 36 appearances in over three seasons.

Return to Reading

He returned to Reading during the 1999–2000 season and played a crucial part in their rejuvenation under Alan Pardew and their promotion to back to the First Division in 2001–02. In a vote to compile the Royals' best-ever eleven, Williams was voted the best centre back with 59.9% of the vote [1].[1][2]

Coventry City

Despite being a firm favourite at the Madejski Stadium he chose to move to Championship rivals Coventry City on a free transfer in Autumn 2004, having been refused the contract he wanted with Reading. Signed by Peter Reid to replace Calum Davenport and Muhamed Konjić, Williams went on to make 23 appearances in League and Cup, scoring goals in a 2-1 win at Millmoor against Rotherham United, and in a 2-1 home defeat by Queens Park Rangers.

He started the 2005–06 season out of the Sky Blues side and joined struggling Millwall on loan for three months. Following the end of this loan spell, Williams returned to the Coventry side for the home game against his old club Wolves on 2 January 2006, playing a key defensive role in a 2-0 home win. This performance, and other similar performances put him right back in the first team picture at the Ricoh Arena.

Swindon Town

Williams joined Swindon Town in the summer of 2006, and following the resignation of Dave Tuttle as caretaker manager, Williams briefly held that position himself until the appointment of Paul Sturrock on 7 November 2006. On the 3rd of May 2008 he decided that the Swindon Town vs Millwall game would be his last, ending his 19-year career span, although ultimately he was not selected on the day. [3].

Weston-super-Mare

Williams joined Weston-super-Mare in June 2009[4], though has yet to play a game for the Seagulls. In his spare time, he pens occasional in the form of regional newspaper columns[5].

International career

Williams was born in Reading but qualified to play for Wales through his father. He made seven international appearances during his first spell with Reading, including one at home to Moldova in 1995 alongside fellow Reading player Lee Nogan. Five more caps followed whilst at Wolverhampton Wanderers, including scoring his first international goal during a 2–1 win over Denmark,[6][7] and in November 2002 he received his first international call-up for three years when he was selected for a squad to take on Azerbaijan.[8] On 26 May 2003 Williams played the full 90 minutes as Wales lost 2-0 against the USA in an international friendly at the Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California, his first international start for four years.[9] He was an unused substitute for a number of matches including an away defeat to Italy in the San Siro, while he missed the play-off with Russia through injury.

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