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Full name: Bert Williams
Born: 31st January 1922, Bradley Bilston
One of the greatest names in Wolverhampton Wanderers history, goalkeeper Bert Williams began his professional career with Walsall and made 28 league and Southern Section Cup appearances before the outbreak of the Second World War. During the hostilities he served with the RAF and also found time to play for his country in two wartime internationals against Wales and France, as well as turning out as a guest player for Nottingham Forest and Chelsea.
He had decided to join Chelsea but in September 1945 he joined Wolves for a bargain price of £3,500. He made his league debut on the opening day of the 1946/47 season in a 2-1 victory against Arsenal, along with his former Walsall team mate Johnny Hancocks also on his debut.
Over the next 11 seasons Williams was the clubs first-choice keeper, his outstanding displays winning him 24 caps for England. Just 3 weeks after he had won an FA Cup winners medal, when Wolves beat Leicester City, he received his first England cap in a 3-1 victory over France in Paris.
Williams won a League Championship medal in 1953/54 and went on to play in 419 League and Cup games for Wolves before retiring at the end of the 1956/57 season and handing over to Malcolm Finlayson. He later ran a successful sports outfitters shop in Bilston and a goalkeeping school before working in a engineering firm.