Neil John Frederick Williams was born in the Essex town of Waltham Abbey and joined Watford as a teenager. He signed professional terms with the Hornets in 1982 after being part of the successful FA Youth Cup winning team, but was released in the 1984 close season without making a first team appearance after breaking his leg a year earlier.
Williams signed for Hull City on his release from Watford, attracted to the club by new manager Brian Horton who sourced a number of players from Watford and Luton Town. Williams was used a substitute in his first handful of outings in December 1984 and January 1985, but by the end of February he had secured a regular start in the midfield. He quickly found his feet in a City side that was competing at the top of the Third Division table and in March Neil scored three goals in four games against Swansea, Doncaster and Lincoln. He dropped out of the team in early April but returned to the midfield at the start of the 1985/86 with teh Tigers now elevated to the Second Division. Williams’ proneness to injury again took hold and while he was a regular starter when available, he missed six weeks of football in September and a further four months from January to April. Williams was a regular in the 1986/87 season, fulfilling a range of midfield and defensive roles for the team before injury in February 1987 again curtailed his season. In 1987/88 Horton started using Williams on the left side of midfield and he again scored a few goals, but when Horton left in April 1988 Williams was already out of the first team picture and he left in the close season.
Neil joined Preston North End in July 1988 and for two seasons he was practically an ever-present in the right back role, playing alongside other ex-Tigers Gary Swann and Warren Joyce. In December 1990 Williams again broke his leg and missed 8 months of football. It took a further six months to re-establish himself as a first team regular, but in the 1988 close season Williams was released by Preston after 138 first team appearances. He spent 1992/93 at Carlisle where he made 26 appearances but dropped in the non-leagues in 1993 and saw out his career at Chorley and North Ferriby United.
Date/Place of Birth: 23 October 1964, Waltham Abbey
Hull City First Game: 15 December 1984, Walsall H (Division Three), 20 years, 53 days old
Hull City Final Game: 19 March 1988, Plymouth Argyle H (Division Two), 23 years, 148 days old
Watford (1982-1984), Hull City (1984-1988), Preston North End (1988-1992), Carlisle United (1992-1993), Chorley (1993-1994), North Ferriby United (1994-1995)
Hull City Record
Career: 113 apps, 10 goalsNeil Williams
|1984/85||12 (5)||3||1 (0)||0||-||-||-||-||1 (0)||0|
|1985/86||18 (1)||3||-||-||2 (0)||0||-||-||4 (0)||0|
|1986/87||24 (6)||1||3 (0)||0||3 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0|
|1987/88||21 (4)||2||3 (0)||1||1 (1)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0|