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Geraint Williams
Personal information
Full name David Geraint Williams
Date of birth 5 January 1962 (1962-01-05) (age 48)
Place of birth    Cwmparc, Wales
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Leyton Orient
Youth career
Treorchy and Cwmparc Boys Club
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Bristol Rovers
Derby County
Ipswich Town
Colchester United
141 0(8)
277 0(9)
217 0(3)
039 0(0)   
National team
1988–1996 Wales 013 0(0)
Teams managed
Colchester United (caretaker)
Colchester United
Leyton Orient

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

(David) Geraint Williams (born 5 January 1962 in Cwmparc) is manager of Leyton Orient and a former professional footballer who also played for Wales.



Amongst the clubs he played for were Bristol Rovers, Derby County, Ipswich Town and finally Colchester United. Geraint played in centre midfield and was considered a steady, defensive midfielder. When he retired from playing he stayed at Layer Road to become assistant manager in 2000. In July 2006, Geraint took charge of the U's, replacing out going manager Phil Parkinson. He had previously managed Colchester on a four-week caretaker basis during the 2002–03 season prior to Parkinson's appointment.

Colchester were among most people's favourites to be relegated from the Football League Championship in the 2006–07 season, as they had the smallest ground in the division - it was also their first season in the second tier of the English league. After a slow start, they entered a run of consistent good form and were in the challenge for a playoff place. They finished 10th in the Championship – above more favoured sides such as Crystal Palace, Leicester City and most notably the relegated Leeds United. However the club were unable to sustain their success as they were relegated the following season. Following a poor start to the 2008-09 season, where the club fell to second from bottom of League One, he left his post on 22 September 2008 after discussions with the Chairman. Williams was appointed manager of Leyton Orient in February 2009 and will aim to keep their League One status. He started very well and managed to help Leyton Orient to 5 wins from his first 8 games in charge, including wins over teams such as Crewe Alexandra, Brighton & Hove Albion and Carlisle United.

He is a life-long fan of Cardiff City.[1]

Family life

He married his wife Lynne on the 6th of July 1985 at St David's Church, Ton Pentre. They had their first child together David Rhys Williams on the 5th of November 1988, shortly followed by their daughter Bethan Louise Williams on the 31st of December 1990, both born in Derby.

Managerial stats

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Colchester United England January 29, 2003 February 25, 2003 5 2 0 3 40.00
Colchester United England July 28, 2006 September 22, 2008 106 30 47 29 28.30
Leyton Orient England February 5, 2009 Present 21 10 7 4 47.62


  1. ^ "Jones wants to turn up heat" Western Mail Retrieved on 20 November 2008

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