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CLUB LEGEND: Brett Williams

Brett Williams is very much a Hamworthy lad, and in his younger days went to Herbert Carter School where he played for the school football team. Brett has two sisters Shelley and Teresa and a half- brother Lewis. He and his much loved Partner Jemma have two lovely daughters Darcie and Nellie. Andy James encouraged Brett to join the Hamworthy United Youth Team by getting him an apprenticeship as an upholsterer at Sunseeker, where he still works today.

Brett was to have fifteen very successful years playing for the Hammers, the last ten of which was playing for the First Team. He was a very good reliable central defender and was lucky enough to play alongside some of the best centre-halves playing at that time. None more so than his manager Sean Bartlett, but also Steve Gilbert, both of whom had previously played in the Southern League, and with whom he formed great partnerships. He also tried to be a steadying influence on young 17 year old Nathan Walker’s early career, but

I am not sure that he succeeded in that task.

Brett played under several managers at United which included Alan Powell, Sean Bartlett, Alex Pike and Phil Simpkin. He also played in the most successful period in the Club’s history, bringing him a clutch of medals in the process.

He was in the team that won the Dorset Combination League in 2002-03, and went on the following season to win the renamed Dorset Premier League. This also brought the team promotion to the Sydenhams Wessex League Division 1 (now the Premier League). Brett was in the teams that won the Wessex League Cup in their first year of entering it, and the Dorset Senior Cup in 2005/06 beating Poole Town at Wimborne.

He also won at least a couple Charity Cup and Shield medals and a few runners up medals, all of which were well deserved.

Brett was a rarity especially by today’s standards. He was very loyal and a Manager’s dream, in as much that he let his boots do the talking, and not his mouth. He vary rarely got booked and was also a one Club man; Hamworthy United being his only Saturday Club in 15 yrs of playing.

In 2007 he was awarded a Testimonial Match for his services to the Club. Brett was only the second Hamworthy United player to ever get this honour, the other being Chipper Russell. The game against a Portsmouth FC Team was arranged by his then manager Phil Simpkin, and it was watched by over 200 people.

Unfortunately soon after this his playing days came to an abrupt end when he injured his cruciate ligament, and was unable to recover from it. Phil Simpkin in his notes in the Testimonial Match Programme said that in his 37years in football he found Brett to be one of the most honest and genuine people he had come across.

This is a sentiment shared by many people and one of the reasons that Brett Williams is a true Hamworthy United Legend.

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