Career at Leeds, 1949-57.
Winger. Born Briton Ferry, Glamorgan,17th June 1924.
Debut against Queens Park Rangers at home, Division
Two, 20th August 1949 drew 1-1. 5ft 4ins, 8st 11lb.
(1953). Harold Williams first came to the attention of
Leeds United when he roasted United in an FA Cup-tie
as a Newport County Player. The Welsh minnows pulled
of a shock 3-1 win, inspired by Williams who had been
up in the early hours of the day to complete his milk round
before travelling to Leeds. As a boy he was rejected by
Swansea after trials, but he made wartime guest
appearances for Belfast Celtic and Cliftonville. When
he was demobbed from the Royal Navy, where he
served on destroyers, he signed for Briton Ferry Athletic
and joined Newport in November 1946. Major Buckley
paid £12,000 for him in July 1949. The winger with
the size five and a half boots could dribble with either
foot and was therefore employed on either wing. He
already had two Welsh International caps when he joined
Leeds and added a couple more during his stay at Elland
Road. He fought back from a broken leg sustained in a
game against Everton in 1952 to reclaim his first-team
place. In March 1957 he returned to Newport, but left
Somerton Park after only three months to join Bradford
where his career ended after a succession of injuries. He
moved into the licensed trade, running the Railway
Inn public house at Beeston, near Elland Road, and a
The Griffin Head in Gildersome before retiring in 1986.
Harold is still in excellent health and lives at
League Appearances: 211, goals 32:
FA Cup Appearances: 17, goals 3
Harold appears in David Saffers “Leeds Legends”
“Harold Williams caused havoc for defenders with
his tricky wing play as Leeds United developed from an
ordinary side to one consistent enough to win promotion
back to the first division. A wonderful talent, Williams
was one of the most dangerous players to represent
Leeds who could be a genuine threat from both flanks.
Williams returned from injury on the first day of the
1953-54 season. All sorts of records were broken as
John Charles scored a club-record 42 league goals.
Williams assisted in many of the gentle giant’s goals
and notched 7 himself including strikes in Leeds’ 6-0
win against Notts County and 7-1 victory against
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