Legendary Watford goalkeeper 'Skilly' Williams died 55 years ago today

On this date in Watford FC history

On this date in Watford FC history

First published in Watford FC News

Friday, June 19, 1959

Legendary goalkeeper Reginald 'Skilly' Williams died at home in Watford.

Not established asa goalkeeper until he turned professional at the age of 24 - he had played a variety of positions for previous clubs- Williams made 399 appearances for Watford either side of the Great War, in which he served on the Western Front.

Renowned for his bravery, Williams was ever-present in the Southern League-winning side of 1915, played in the first game at Vicarage Road and was the first Watford keeper to save a penalty in the Football League.

Great-grandchildren Grant Cornock and Daniel Grieves were on the club's books in the 1990s.

Reproduced by kind permission of Matt Rowson from his book, Watford FC On This Day

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12:24am Mon 23 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

what a legend...399 apps....well done silky
what a legend...399 apps....well done silky bornyellow
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