A Saint Or A White
Feature by Ob790
Updated Thursday, 20th December 2007
We take a look at one player who played for both Southamton and Preston ahead of this Saturday's clash at St Mary's.
Footballers who have played league football for both PNE and Southampton
932) Brett Ormerod
PNE 58 apps; 13 goals
Saints 98 apps; 12 goals
PNE debut 31/01/2006 v Crystal Palace (H) Won 2-0
382) Dick Rowley
PNE 51 apps; 14 goals
Saints 104 apps; 52 goals
PNE debut 12/12/1931 v Plymouth (A) Lost 1-2
350) Frank Ward
PNE 208 apps; 3 goals
Saints 27 apps; 0 goals
PNE debut 12/11/1927 v West Brom (H) Drawn 3-3
490) Charlie Wayman
PNE 157 apps; 105 goals
Saints 100 apps; 73 goals
PNE debut 09/09/1950 v Birmingham (A) Lost 0-1
697) Oshor Williams
PNE 39 apps; 12 goals
Saints 7 apps; 0 goals
PNE debut 23/08/1986 v Tranmere (A) Drawn 1-1
707) Frank Worthington
PNE 23 apps; 3 goals
Saints 34 apps; 4 goals
PNE debut 21/02/1987 v Torquay (A) Won 2-0
Player Profile Oshor Williams
Oshor Joseph Williams was born in Stockton on 21 April 1958. Williams joined Middlesbrough as a schoolboy in 1972 and later signed as an apprentice. However he was not offered a professional contract and was released.
In August 1976 Williams joined Manchester United but was released the following year without making a starting eleven appearance.
Williams returned to his native North East to join non-league Billingham Synthonia and later Gateshead.
In March 1978 after being spotted by a scout by Southampton Williams was offered a trial by the Saints and later signed for £5,000, he played the remainder of the season in the reserves.
At the start of the 1978/79 season Williams joined Fourth Division Exeter City on loan, making two appearances for the club and scoring one goal.
Williams returned to Southampton and made seven appearances for the First Division side. At the end of the 1978/79 season he was given a free transfer and joined Fourth Division Stockport in August 1979.
Williams remained at Stockport of over five years and made 193 appearances for the club, scoring 26 goals. Stockport never finished above mid-table whilst he was at County and deputised as captain when Tommy Sword was injured.
Following a dispute over his salary Williams joined Port Vale for a fee of £8,000 in November 1984. After finishing 12 th in the Fourth Division in 1984/85, he helped the club gain promotion the following season as Port Vale finished fourth. Williams made 49 appearances for the Valiants, scoring 6 goals.
In August 1986, Williams was signed by John McGrath at Preston for a fee of £2,000 and was immediately made captain.
Williams made his debut on 26 August in a 1-1 draw at Tranmere. His second league appearance a week later saw Williams score on his home debut in a 2-1 victory against Swansea. On 20 October Williams scored a brace against a former club Stockport in a 3-1 victory. His next match also saw him score against another former club Exeter as PNE won 2-1. Williams missed three months of the season but returned to score in a 2-1 win at Deepdale against Burnley on 28 March 1987.
Preston finished runners-up to Northampton in the Fourth Division with Williams making 29 league appearances and scoring 10 goals. Williams also scored a further 4 goals, (2 in the League Cup against Blackpool and West Ham and 2 in the FA Cup against Bury and Chorley).
The following season injuries limited him to just 10 appearances, scoring 2 goals. His last and only appearance was in the 1988/89 season when PNE drew 0-0 at Wigan in the First Round, First Leg of the Littlewoods Cup. He retired at the end on that season and in total Williams had made 39 league appearances for Preston, scoring 12 goals.
On retirement to the professional game Williams remained at Preston as a Coach and Community Development Officer. Williams later played for Lancaster in the Unibond League. Williams left Lancaster at the end of the 1990/91 season to join Winsford United.
In February 1993 Williams was recruited by former Old Trafford colleague Steve Paterson as he became a coach at Aberdeen.
But left on 24 May 2004 when Paterson was sacked as Aberdeen's manager. Williams then returned to playing football by joining non-league Hyde. He made his debut on 20 August 1994 in a 2-2 draw at Whitley Bay. Williams made 29 appearances, scoring 1 goal. His last appearance was on 1 May 1995 in a 2-1 win against Trafford.
After leaving Hyde, Williams studied for his BA in politics and history. Williams now works for the PFA education service to support past and present players to gain qualifications after their football career has ended.