Great players: Fred Williams

Frederick Williams was born in Bristol, England, in 1896. He could play in all of the defensive positions. Fred joined Ulster United in 1921 and played in the Inter-City League with the Redhanders from 1922 to 1925. In 1926 the Ulstermen joined the new National Soccer League.

Fred played for Canada in two international matches against the United States in 1925 and 1926. He starred for Ulster United for many seasons. In 1925 he was picked as Canada’s right fullback to play against the United States on November 8, 1925, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. The United States won the match 6-1.

As one of only two players from the 1925 team he was picked for the match in November 1926 against the United States. This match was also played at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. The match ended in a 6-2 win for the United States.

The five feet 11 inches and 180 pounds centre-half was seen a strong kicker and a fearless tackler. He won the 1925 Dominion Cup and the 1926 National Soccer League championship with Ulster United. In 1927 he was with the club when they won the Ontario Cup.

Fred died on September 1, 1929 in Toronto of meningitis. The news of his death came as a shock to followers of soccer in Canada. His death occured one week after playing for Ulster United. A small infection behind his ear led to blood poisoning, which again led to meningitis.

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