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Skilly Williams

Professional football player

Died when: 69 years 166 days (833 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn


Skilly Williams

Reginald George "Skilly" Williams (4 January 1890 – 19 June 1959) was an English association footballer.Born in Watford, he played primarily as a striker during his amateur career, but later switched to become a goalkeeper.

After playing for Leavesden Mental Hospital's football team, as well as for Hertfordshire, Williams joined Watford as an amateur in 1910, turning professional in 1914.

During his first season as a professional, Watford won the 1914–1915 Southern Football League title.League football was then interrupted for four seasons due to the First World War.

He served as a private in the Norfolk Regiment and the Labour Corps during the conflict.Following the resumption of competitive football in 1919, Williams again played a part as Watford finished runners up to Portsmouth on goal average.

Watford entered the Football League the following season, and Williams stayed with the club for a further six seasons.He holds the record for the most Watford appearances by a goalkeeper; 83 in the Southern League, 240 in the Football League, 17 in the FA Cup and one in the Southern Charity Cup.

He stayed at Watford until 1926, before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer.

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