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Viv's Bangor Days (Mike Smith, Bangor City Programme - 3/9/03)

Viv ranks in my memory as the finest "local" player I have seen wear a Bangor shirt. No disrespect to Phil Lunn, Dewi Atherton, Ray Rowland's lad, Eifion, Jiws, Lofty or Robbo. It is all a matter of opinion. But the swashbuckling runs, the powerful shooting and clinical finishing made Viv a legend at Farrar Road. Frederikstad and Atletico were also attracted to the dashing striker whose face adorned local and national newspapers.

Three weeks after the trip to Atletico of 6th November 1985 City travelled to Hereford for a Welsh Cup clash. This was the season of many goalkeepers. Dai Davies had played in Europe but was not available, Trevor Ball was dogged by a knee injury. John Mahoney opted for Viv Williams who took over in goal and - if memory serves me -saved a penalty in a 2-0 defeat. As usual he was calm, confident and quick off his line! In the Hereford United lounge bar after the match the Bulls chairman enquired about the young lad "who played against Madrid". When told that he was "in goal tonight" he replied with something unprintable and wandered off!

The Eighties were difficult times for local players at Farrar Road. Viv drifted away, City looked elsewhere for goals as the NPL era gave way to the newly formed LoW.

When Porthmadog were searching for a manager to lead them back to The Welsh Premier Viv was the natural choice. Well liked and respected by players and supporters alike, he set about forging a locally recruited side that could win the Cymru Alliance and then hold its own in the national league. So far so good, but win or lose Viv always finds time to shake hands and chat with football followers who seek him out at most grounds.

Its good to see Porthmadog back in the WP and even more so to see Viv Williams make a good impression in these early weeks of the season. Long may it continue.



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