Stuart Grenville Williams started his playing career as an
amateur in 1946 with his home-town club Wrexham where his father was a director.
He made just five first team appearances for the Welsh side before he joined Albion in late 1950.
He made his debut for the club in a 3-0 defeat away at
Huddersfield Town on February
16, 1952, the first of 246 appearances he would make for the Baggies. Actually
starting off as a forward, he was quickly converted by the Baggies into a
full-back, a position he would make his own for both club and country over the
next ten years.
Williams, who featured in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, won
33 Welsh caps during his stay at The Hawthorns, the total for many years a club
record amount of caps for an Albion player, overtaken only recently by Zoltan
His last game for
Albion came in a 3-1 defeat against
Sheffield Wednesday at
Hillsborough on September 1, 1962. Shortly after he joined Second Division
Southampton for a fee of £15,000.
He became a regular in the Saints’ side, making 167
appearances over the next four seasons. Williams' final match for
Southampton, and the final one
in his playing career, came on 23 April 1966 at Deepdale, Preston. He returned to The Hawthorns in 1967 as club trainer, a role he
held for a couple of years before leaving, later taking up a similar position
with Aston Villa. He returned to
Southampton in 1971 to become
assistant manager to Ted Bates and stayed at The Dell until 1973 when he left to
take over as Norwegian side Viking FK’s manager.
Williams, who was presented with an award by the Welsh FA in
2003 for services to the game, returned to
live in Southampton after his
role with Viking ended and remained on the
until his death on November 5 at the age of 83.