Derek Williams Corhampton Senior Men’s Captain 1997
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Derek Williams Football History
Les McDowell, Wrexham’s manager when Derek was training there as a schoolboy, became City’s manager and he approached Derek to sign for the Manchester club. Derek signed as an amateur in May 1951.
When he was just a 17 year old schoolboy, in February 1952, he replaced Bert Trautman in goal against Blackpool at Maine Road.
Derek certainly played his part in goal, as the game was scoreless.
Unfortunately, this was Derek’s only appearance for Manchester City.
Derek made a few appearances for Mold Alex on an intermittent basis until 1955.
Goalkeeper Derek Williams with the Welsh Squad
Goalkeeper Derek Williams with the Welsh Team
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Wrexham FC Having trained with The Robins as a schoolboy, Derek signed amateur forms for the club in 1954. His debut was on the 25th August, standing in for Eggleston in goal..
Derek signed for Oldham Athletic in September 1956 and quickly established himself in the first team. He made 28 appearances, but these were his only games as he was called up for National Service. His signature was retained by the club until the 30th June 1959.
Oldham Team – 1956-57 Goalkeeper Derek Williams