throught his Chesterfield career as `George' (because of an alleged resemblance
to actor Brian Murphy's character in the television sitcom `George and Mildred,')
Steve Williams was an immensely
popular player at Chesterfield in a career that was sadly blighted by injury.
He left Mansfield, his first club, after only four starts and was at Eastwood
Town when Chesterfield offered him another chance at League football, in
He broke a leg twice; once, in front of the Kop against York in
December '89, and again, in a reserve comeback in February '94. In between
times, he suffered blows that might have discouraged a less wholehearted
individual; rehabilitating from the first break, he was knocked off a bike and
damaged his back: in the summer of '93 he ruptured his Achilles tendon going up
his stairs at home.
career stalled a little after the first break, but Chris McMenemy recalled him
to the side in March '91 and he began playing the best football of his
Saltergate career. As an emergency measure, he began playing in a left
wing-back position in a 1991 pre-season friendly and performed so well that he
played much of the rest of his football there. The defensive aspects of his
game were applied with determination and he was able to get forward in a pacy,
swashbuckling fashion that regularly caused consternation in opposition
After his second break Steve began to assist with youth team coaching and attempted another comeback with a few reserve games at the end of '94-5, but it became apparent that he would never recover full fitness. Retiring from full-time football, Steve became a postman, but kept up an involvement with the game by working for Derby County at the Rams Foundation. While he was never the most technically accomplished player, Steve had an attitude to the game and the club that struck a chord with every fan, and many felt sorry that his career should have ended under such circumstances.
For Chesterfield: 76+22 league appearances, 12 goals.