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Gareth Williams (Cardiff City, Bolton Wanderers, Bury)

 



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Former Bury midfielder Gareth Williams has passed away after an operation at the age of 76.

Hendon born Williams started professionally with Cardiff City after being plucked from local football, and eventually went on to captain the Bluebirds before leaving for Bolton Wanderers in a 45,000 deal in October 1967.

He joined Bury in 1971, making 42 appearances for the Shakers during his two year spell at Gigg Lane, finding the net four times before he hung up his boots in 1973.

He had made his Bolton debut in 1967 but after Nat Lofthouse stepped in as manager in 1968 and they would clash on a number of disciplinary issues.

Their relationship ended with a defeat at Birmingham that saw Bolton drop into the third tier for the first time in their history. Williams then left Burnden Park for Bury, playing two seasons in Division Four under Tom McAnearney and Allan Brown.

He later worked in the prison service and ran a hotel in Fylde before moving to Gran Canaria in later life with his wife Karen.


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Gareth Cyril Williams

born 30th March 1941 Hendon
died Monday 4th June 2018 Las Palmas, Spain, aged 76

Hengoed
Apr 1959 Cardiff City Juniors
Jne 1961 Cardiff City 161+0 13
Oct 1967 Bolton Wanderers 108+1 11
Oct 1971 Bury 37+2 4

Despite his impressive performances at Cardiff, Williams never played for Wales due to his place of birth.

His pregnant mother had travelled from her home in Wales to visit his father who was working in London during the war.

She went into labour there and as such Williams was born in England meaning he did not qualify to play for Wales.

Several years after he retired, the rules were changed to allow players with Welsh parents to play for the side.

 
 


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