John William Williams was born in Buckley on the 15th February 1885. He later became known as James and most noticeably Ginger Williams. He started out playing in the town of Buckley and then moved into the professional game playing for Atherton Church House, Accrington Stanley and Birmingham (now Birmingham City).
In 1909 Ginger signed for Crystal Palace. It is here his career glistened and fans admired his forward play. Ginger Williams netted 58 times in 149 games for Palace before his move to Millwall FC.
Millwall paid a club record fee for Ginger in the February of 1914, but his career was cut short due to the advent of war which would be a great loss to Millwall and football.
During his career Ginger Williams represented Wales twice at full international level competing against Scotland and Ireland. In one of the games he was replaced by Manchester United legend Billy Meredith.
Sadly, on the 5th June 1916, Ginger was killed in action at Vimmy Ridge aged just 30. A benefit match was held between Crystal Palace and Millwall at the Den for his wife and only son Kenneth.
Further to this, Millwall hold a plaque remembering the ultimate sacrifice of Ginger Williams at the New Den stadium.
Buckley Town FC would like to thank Millwall FC for their support in supply the information.
R.I.P. John William “Ginger” Williams