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Name: Ady Williams
Nationality: Welsh
Date of Birth: 16/08/1971
Height:6' 2" (188cm)
Weight:13st 2lbs (83.54kg)
Previous  
Clubs:Reading, Millwall (loan), Coventry City, Wolves, Reading (loan)
Position: Defender



Adie Williams

Adie is the Club captain and a Welsh international central defender who is set to break 400 appearances for the Royals during the 2004/5 campaign.

His name was circulated for transfer in early October 2004 after a meeting with Steve Coppell in which it was confirmed to Adie that the Club was not in a position to offer him a new contract at that point.

Started his career as a youngster at the Centre Of Excellence at Elm Park, and has been a key figure in the move from our former home to the magnificent Madejski Stadium. The 2004/5 season the 13th that Adie has begun with the Club, and his only time away from Berkshire was a four-year spell with Wolves beginning in 1996.

He made his debut for the Royals away at Notts County in the old Division Three in 1988, playing in a defence that included the legendary Martin Hicks. For the next couple of years he was not a regular starter under Ian Porterfield, beginning only 23 games in two seasons.

The departure of Hicks and Porterfield in the summer of 1991 allowed Adie to establish himself as a key member of the squad, and he began 40 matches in 1991/2 as he formed a solid partnership with Keith McPherson under Mark McGhee's management. The partnership flourished over the next two years as the Royals just missed out on the Division Two play-offs in 1992/3 and then won the Championship the following year. Adie only missed five games all season as the title was secured.

Williams' fortunes continued to rise as the Club remained on the up, and with help from the Reading Evening Post's Clive Baskerville, the Welsh FA became aware of Adie's parentage and gave him his international debut in 1994.

When McGhee controversially departed in late 1994, Adie temporarily took charge of team affairs with Mick Gooding, Jeff Hopkins and Jimmy Quinn. When Gooding and Quinn took the job permanently Adie was out injured, but he returned later that season to make a key contribution. He scored in the final home game with Charlton to secure second place in Division One, and was a goalscoring captain in the Wembley play-off final defeat to Bolton.

As the likes of Shaka Hislop and Simon Osborn moved on to pastures new following the loss to Bolton, Adie remained with the Club for another season before making a £750,000 switch to Molineux in the summer of 1996, teaming up with McGhee again in the process. Sadly, injuries limited him to just 34(3) appearances in four seasons, and he moved back to Reading on loan in early 2000.

He completed his homecoming on a permanent basis in the summer of 2000, but his return began badly as he was injured at the start of the season then made just five appearances before another he picked up another injury away at Bristol City. He came back for the win at home to Wigan in the play-off semi-final, and lasted 105 minutes in the final against Walsall before being replaced by Barry Hunter.

He played 35 games as the Royals secured promotion in 2001/2, and was a member of the starting eleven that earned a vital point at Brentford on the final day of the season. He had missed the previous game, but returned to the team in place of the injured John Mackie.

As the Royals continued their renaissance under Alan Pardew Adie fought off a number of contenders for a central defensive role to make 41 appearances in the 2002/3 season that ended with a play-off defeat to his former club Wolves. Phil Parkinson moved to Colchester during that season, and Adie was confirmed as Club skipper when Parky departed.

In November 2002 he received his first international call-up for three years when he was selected for a squad to take on Azerbaijan.

During the close season of 2003 he signed a contract to stay with Reading until the end of the 2004/5 campaign.

In the summer of 2003 he started his first international match for four years and played the full match away to a USA team that included Bobby Convey. He was an unused sub for a number of matches including an away defeat to Italy in the San Siro, while he missed the play-off with Russia through injury, and another knock prevented him from facing Graeme Murty on his Scotland debut.

While the Club suffered a difficult season in 2003/4 as Pardew moved to West Ham, Adie stayed at the heart of the team and was a first choice for the majority of the season as Steve Coppell took charge.

2004/5 season
Adie agreed to be made available for transfer in early October after a meeting with Steve Coppell. He has marshalled the defence well in an excellent opening period but was disappointed to miss out on a Welsh call-up for their World Cup games. He skippered the team to our highest-ever League position when we went top at Watford. but then picked up a hamstring injury at Ipswich and was forced off in the first half.

Last updated 27.10.04

Related links
20.10.04 Adie on link with Bristol City
05.10.04 Adie agrees to be made available
30.09.04 Hamstring injury blow
25.09.04 Emotional after going top
22.09.04 Left out for England game
03.08.04 Out of Welsh squad
10.05.04 Unused for two Wales games
02.09.03 In squad for Italy game
27.05.03 USA full 90 minutes
10.03.03 Double call-up
22.11.02 Unused for Azerbaijan
18.11.02 Azerbaijan call-up

Season 2007 - 08

Competition Apps
(as sub)
Goals Yellow
Cards
Red
Cards
League 0  (1) 0 0 0
 

Career History:
Club Season Comp. Apps
(as sub)
Goals
Swindon Town 2006 - 07League 27  (0) 0
  FA Cup 3  (0) 0
Millwall 2005 - 06League 12  (0) 1
Coventry City 2005 - 06League 12  (2) 0
  FA Cup 3  (0) 0
  League Cup 1  (0) 0
Coventry City 2004 - 05League 21  (0) 2
  FA Cup 2  (0) 0
Reading 2004 - 05League 11  (0) 0
  League Cup 2  (0) 0
Reading 2003 - 04League 33  (0) 1
  FA Cup 2  (0) 0
  League Cup 3  (0) 0
Reading 2002 - 03League 40  (0) 1
  League Cup 0  (1) 0
Reading 2001 - 02League 33  (2) 1
  FA Cup 1  (0) 0
  League Cup 3  (0) 0
Reading 2000 - 01League 7  (0) 0
Wolves 1999 - 00League 0  (1) 0
Reading 1999 - 00League 15  (0) 1
Wolves 1998 - 99League Cup 1  (0) 0
Wolves 1997 - 98League 20  (0) 0
  FA Cup 2  (2) 0
  League Cup 2  (0) 0
Wolves 1996 - 97League 8  (0) 1
Reading 1995 - 96League 32  (0) 3
  FA Cup 2  (0) 0
  League Cup 2  (0) 0
Reading 1994 - 95League 22  (0) 2
Reading 1993 - 94League 41  (0) 0
Reading 1992 - 93League 31  (0) 4
Reading 1991 - 92League 40  (0) 4
 
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