Williams, Rod

Birth Date

9th December 1909


Newport, Monmouthshire



Biographical Text

With Fred Whitlow’s record seasonal tally of 33 league goals set in 1932/33, Rod Williams came close to matching it when he netted 29 times in 1936/37 which was his only season with Exeter City. Welsh-born, but growing up in London, he had played top amateur football in the South East before playing professionally with Crystal Palace and Norwich City ahead of his arrival at St James’ Park. He left Exeter to sign for Reading but had also appeared for West Ham and Clapton Orient by the time the outbreak of war ended his career.    

Rod played for Sutton United, Epsom and Uxbridge Town before he got a Football League opportunity with Crystal Palace in 1932 although he didn’t make the first team during his time with the club. Moving to Norwich City in 1933 he netted 9 goals in 19 league games before signing for Exeter City in the summer of 1936. 

An immediate success he made this debut against Notts County on 29 August 1936 and, after two goals against Torquay United in his second match, went on to score 29 of City's 59 goals that season in a poor side that finished second-bottom in Division Three (South)

Rod left City after a single season to join Reading for a club record fee with the Grecians' chairman citing financial reasons in the wake of an unsuccessful season. Rod subsequently signed for West Ham United in 1937, where he scored five times in nine games, before moving to Clapton Orient in 1938 and contributing 18 goals from 38 starts before war intervened.

Returning to the Norfolk area, Rod died in East Dereham in 1987.







Charlotte Spooner


i wonder whether you could help me, Rod Williams is my great Uncle and I would love to get some copies of the photos you have on file to give to my dad, also called Rod Williams. Is this something you could help with?

Many thanks


Joannie Gray ( nee Williams)

  1. Roderick Williams was my Uncle  brother of my father Thomas James Williams and Billy Williams my Uncle I would dearly like to know more about my Uncle and like Charlotte Spooner have copies of the actual photographs if possible
  2. My thanks in advance 
  3. Kindest regards
  4. Joannie Gray

Paul Farley


Can you contact the supporters trust history group.

history group@ecfc.co.uk

Paul Farley

You can contact us by using the football club e-mail, see the club website. They will forward to us.

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