Skilly Williams

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Skilly Williams
Personal information
Full name Reginald George Williams
Date of birth (1890-01-04)4 January 1890
Place of birth Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Date of death 19 June 1959(1959-06-19) (aged 69)
Place of death Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Playing position Goalkeeper or striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1909–1910 Leavesden Mental Hospital
1910–1926 Watford 323 (100)
1926–1929 Brighton & Hove Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Reginald George "Skilly" Williams (4 January 1890 – 19 June 1959) was an English association football player. 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. Following its resumption 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.[1] He stayed at Watford until 1926, before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer.[2]


  1. ^ "Watford's great goalkeepers". Watford Football Club. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 243. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1.