Darren Williams

Date of birth28 April 1977
Place of birthMiddlesbrough
NationalityEnglish
Weight75 kg
Height1.78 m
PositionDefender/Midfielder

Often referred to by Peter Reid as his best value-for-money signing, this dependable Sunderland utility man signed a five-year extension to his contract at the Stadium of Light in September 2000.

Darren can operate in the centre of defence, at full back, or in midfield and, although he has stressed that he would like to establish himself in one position, he remains an extremely useful squad player who can do a job almost anywhere on the field.

A good tackler and competitor, Darren was made available for transfer by Hartlepool United in May 2006.

He joined Bradford City in July 2007 with a one-year contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
York City 21 Jun 1995 18 Oct 1996
Sunderland 18 Oct 1996 10 Dec 2004
Cardiff City 22 Sep 2004 09 Dec 2004 L
Cardiff City 10 Dec 2004 19 Jul 2005
Hartlepool United 19 Jul 2005 30 Jun 2007
Bradford City 27 Jul 2007 30 Jun 2008
Dundee 01 Aug 2008 31 May 2009
Gateshead 28 Aug 2009 30 Jun 2010

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 York City League Cup 3
1996-97 Sunderland FA Cup 1
1
1996-97 Sunderland Premier League 10
1
2
1
1997-98 Sunderland League Cup 3
1
1998-99 Sunderland League Cup 4
1
1999-00 Sunderland League Cup 3
1
1
1999-00 Sunderland Premier League 13
12
3
2000-01 Sunderland FA Cup 4
1
2000-01 Sunderland League Cup 4
1
2000-01 Sunderland Premier League 21
7
7
2001-02 Sunderland FA Cup 1
2001-02 Sunderland League Cup 1
2001-02 Sunderland Premier League 23
5
3
2002-03 Sunderland FA Cup 2
2002-03 Sunderland League Cup 3
1
1
2002-03 Sunderland Premier League 12
4
5
2003-04 Sunderland FA Cup 1
1
2003-04 Sunderland League Cup 1
1
2003-04 Sunderland League Division 1 24
5
6
2003-04 Sunderland League Division 1 Play-Offs 1
1
2004-05 Cardiff City League Championship 17
3
1
2004-05 Sunderland League Championship 1
2004-05 Sunderland League Cup 1
2005-06 Hartlepool United FA Cup 2
2005-06 Hartlepool United League Cup 2
2005-06 Hartlepool United League One 33
6
9
1
2006-07 Hartlepool United FA Cup 2
1
2006-07 Hartlepool United Johnstones Paint Trophy 1
1
2006-07 Hartlepool United League Cup 2
2006-07 Hartlepool United League Two 19
7
2
2007-08 Bradford City FA Cup 2
2007-08 Bradford City League Cup 1
2007-08 Bradford City League Two 28
4
2009-10 Gateshead FA Cup 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
20 Sep 1995 Manchester United v York City W 0-3 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
03 Oct 1995 York City v Manchester United L 1-3
Agg: 4-3
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
25 Oct 1995 Queens Park Rangers v York City L 3-1 League Cup 3rd round


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1997-98 England B International 1
1997-98 England Under-21
1
1998-99 England Under-21 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
24 Mar 1998 Switzerland v England L 2-0 Under-21
21 Apr 1998 England v Russia W 4-1 B INTER
09 Feb 1999 England v France W 2-1 Under-21


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.