Great players: Fred Williams

Fred Williams -

Fred played for Canada in two international matches against the United States in 1925 and 1926. He starred for Ulster United for many seasons.

Fred was from Bristol in England. He could play in all of the defensive positions. He first made his name in Canada with Ulster United in the Inter-City League in 1924.

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. Fred played as a centre-half.

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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