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Steve Williams

Steve Williams

Date of birth: 16 Oct 1974

Place of birth: Aberystwyth, Wales

Position: Manager

Former Clubs:

Player: Coventry City, Cardiff City, Dundalk, Shelbourne, Bray Wanderers, Sporting Fingal, Drogheda United


Williams, a native of Aberystwyth, became affectionately known as ‘The Great Wall of Wales’ during his spell at Oriel Park as a goalkeeper in the late 90s, having been tempted to Ireland by former Cardiff City manager Eddie May. He had previously been on the books of Coventry City.

Having arrived from The Bluebirds in 1997, Williams made 83 appearances for Dundalk over the following two years before departing for Shelbourne after the Louth club’s first ever relegation to the First Division.

At Tolka Park, Williams won five Premier Division titles and an FAI Cup as well as two Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Goalkeeper of the Year awards, while he also played in their memorable UEFA Champions League run in 2004.

Steve – who was capped at a number of levels by Wales, including U21 – went on to play for Bray Wanderers (2007), Sporting Fingal (2008) and Drogheda United (2009) before finishing his playing days back at Shels in 2010.

Williams returned to Boyneside for a short time in 2011 as Goalkeeping Coach, but in 2013 he arrived back at his first Irish home for the same role.