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Ashley Williams
Personal information
Full name Ashley Errol Williams
Date of birth August 23, 1984 (1984-08-23) (age 25)
Place of birth    Wolverhampton, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Central defender
Club information
Current club Swansea City
Number 2
Youth career
-2001 West Bromwich Albion
Belgrave Bullets
Tamworth
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2001–2003
2003–2008
2008
2008–
Hednesford Town
Stockport County
Swansea City (loan)
Swansea City
034 (0)
162 (3)
003 (0)
068 (4)   
National team2
2008– Wales 018 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19:41, 23 December 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 17:00, 14 November 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Ashley Williams (born August 23, 1984 in Wolverhampton, England) is a Wales international footballer. Williams qualifies to play for Wales as his grandfather was born in Wales[1] and made his international debut in a friendly against Luxembourg on March 26, 2008.[2]

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Stockport County

He began his career at West Bromwich Albion as a youth player but was released by the club at 16 and went on to join Hednesford Town.[2] He impressed enough in his time at the club that he eventually joined Stockport County, who prevailed over competition from Oldham Athletic in December 2003.[2][3] He plays mainly as a central defender, and can also play right-back.

On November 12, 2007, Ashley won the Inaugural North-West League Two Player of the Year Award. On the same night he won the Inaugral North-West Player of the Year Award too, beating such players as Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney to the award.[4][5]

On March 26 Ashley made his international debut for Wales national football team, and two days later secured a move to a side close to clinching promotion to the Football League Championship. His departure from County meant he missed their run in to the end of the season, and ultimately promotion to Football League One through playoff victory at Wembley.

Swansea City

In March 2008, he signed for Swansea City on loan until the end of the 2007-08 season, with a view to a permanent move.[2] On May 22, he made the move permanent, it is believed to be around £400,000.[6] Williams scored his first Swansea goal against Derby County on 16 September 2008. He has since covered the midfield position at Swansea due to the midfield injury crisis.

On November 11, 2009, Williams was named "Wales Footballer of the Year" and "Clubman of the Year" at an FAW awards dinner in Cardiff.[7]

Career statistics

As of 23 December 2009

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Total
2003-04 Stockport League One 10 0 - - 10 0
2004-05 44 0 3 0 1 0 49 0
2005-06 League Two 36 1 1 0 1 0 38 1
2006-07 46 1 2 0 1 0 49 1
2007-08 26 0 - 2 0 28 0
2007-08 Swansea City League One 3 0 - - 3 0
2008-09 Championship 46 2 4 0 1 0 51 2
2009-10 22 2 0 0 0 0 22 2
Total England 225 7 10 0 6 0 249 13
Career Total 225 7 10 0 6 0 249 13

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