Bristol City Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of former centre-half Alan Williams, aged 78.
The Bristol-born defender had been suffering with dementia and his brave fight was finally lost after a six-year battle against the illness.
Having started his career at Ashton Gate, Williams signed professional forms as a teenager in 1955 – the year of City’s Third Division (South) title triumph.
His stay with the club lasted six seasons, in which time he made 140 appearances and scored two goals.
City’s tenth-placed finish in the Second Division in 1958/59, with Williams a regular at the heart of the defence, was the club’s highest position at the end of a campaign for nearly 40 years.
In 1961, he made the move north to Oldham Athletic to commence a four-year spell in which he captained the Latics to promotion to the third tier in 1962/63.
Williams later spent time with Watford, Newport County, Swansea Town, Cheltenham Town and Gloucester City.
Having returned to the South West, he was a regular visitor to Ashton Gate to watch his favourite team in action and reminisce over his playing days.
He leaves behind five children; daughters Karen, Kaye and Kaytee and two sons, Gary and Lee. Everyone at the club sends its condolences to Alan’s family and friends at this sad time.