By Alex O'Loughlin
December 7 2010
Glover Lover this week focuses on summer signing Andy Williams, from Hereford favourite to Rovers outcast, before arriving in Somerset.
Born in Hereford, Williams came through the Bulls Holme Lacy youth system. Throughout his time in the youth side the striker spent time at Aston Villa and Birmingham, taking part in their youth academies.
His debut for Hereford took place during the 2003-04 season, making a substitute appearance in the Herefordshire Senior Cup final against Forest Green Rovers.
Despite bursting onto the scene appearances became hard to come by, making only a handful of appearances in the following 2004-05 season, with his only starts coming against Burton Albion and Northwich Victoria in the GLS Conference Cup.
The breakthrough came though in the following season, scoring on his first league start for the Bulls against Woking, before going on to establish himself in the side, becoming a pivotal part in Hereford reaching the play-offs.
In fact, Williams scored in both the semi-final against Morecambe and the final itself against Halifax, earning the Bulls promotion to the Football League in a successful 2005-06 season.
On the way to the play-off final Williams scored thirteen goals, finishing Hereford's top goal scorer, something sure to have earned him the new contract he signed in March 2006.
In Hereford's first season in League Two Williams found himself being played out of position on the right wing, but he still managed to net eight times in forty eight appearances.
It was this that ended up with Williams being linked with Bristol Rovers, something which turned into a number of bids from the Gas for the striker. An initial bid of £100,000 in August 2006 was rejected, before a follow up bid of £150,000 in January 2007 was accepted by Hereford. With a move seemingly sealed Williams rejected the move, stating he didn't want to move to a side in the same division.
However, Bristol Rovers gained promotion to League One that season, reigniting the pursuit of Williams. This time the deal happened, with the Englishman moving to the Memorial Ground in July 2007.
His arrival at Rovers was immediate, scoring on one of his first appearances for the Gas after coming on for Rickie Lambert. Inconsistency marred his first season at the Memorial Ground, something which saw Williams rejoin Hereford United on-loan in January 2009, remaining at Edgar Street until the end of the 2008-09 season.
His time at Bristol Rovers looked over when he was placed on the transfer market at the end of the season, before a number of impressive performances in the early fixtures of the 2009-10 season saw him removed from the transfer market.
But he didn't remain at the Memorial Ground much longer, joining the Glovers in July 2010. So far in his Yeovil career Williams has been used as a winger, currently having a record of seventeen games and three goals.