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Alan Williams 1938-2017

Posted: Fri 19 May 2017
Author: Mark Perrow
Alan Williams

Alan Williams

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Former player sadly passes away, aged 78.

  • Williams passes away after battle with dementia
  • Bristol-born defender made 140 City appearances
  • Club sends its condolences to Alan's family and friends
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.