Williams gives thanks to backroom staff

Town striker Andy Williams

Town striker Andy Williams

First published in STFC News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Chief sports writer

HAVING got his first goal in a year Andy Williams was keen to give thanks to the people that helped him get back on the pitch after his dark period out injured.

As he ran off to celebrate his equaliser just before half-time at Priestfield on Tuesday Williams remembered to thank those who nursed him through the cruciate ligament injury that ended his season last term – physio Paul Godfrey and fitness coach Michael Cooper.

The 28-year-old reserved special praise for the pair in his post-match interview as well.

“The fact that the people who have been so close to me over the last nine months have got me back both mentally and physically fit is the most important thing for me,” said Williams.

“I went to the physio (Paul Godfrey) and the fitness coach Mike (Cooper) and all of them of them on the bench have been good with me (when I scored). Those two especially have been working so close with me every day and helping me stay sane while I’ve not been able to kick a ball.

“I’ve been having to watch the lads running round their training sessions and watching the football matches and trying not to pull my own hair out, but thankfully it’s all been worth it for today.”

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6:02am Thu 21 Aug 14

california andy says...

Good man. Score a hatfull. Hard road back from a dreadful injury. Looking forward to seeing you play on Saturday.
Good man. Score a hatfull. Hard road back from a dreadful injury. Looking forward to seeing you play on Saturday. california andy
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6:34am Thu 21 Aug 14

Redhouse Red says...

Good to see you back in a town shirt and scoring goals. Actually more to the point. Good to see you and Smith both scoring goals at the early stage of the season. No Jamie Curetonesque duck this year!
Good to see you back in a town shirt and scoring goals. Actually more to the point. Good to see you and Smith both scoring goals at the early stage of the season. No Jamie Curetonesque duck this year! Redhouse Red
  • Score: 12

7:02am Thu 21 Aug 14

port de soller says...

Was good to see his name on the score sheet.He hhas had a terrible year of injuries so let´s hope all is ok with him.
"HEADS UP ANDY"
Bag a few more good luck
Was good to see his name on the score sheet.He hhas had a terrible year of injuries so let´s hope all is ok with him. "HEADS UP ANDY" Bag a few more good luck port de soller
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7:54am Thu 21 Aug 14

WirralRed says...

california andy wrote:
Good man. Score a hatfull. Hard road back from a dreadful injury. Looking forward to seeing you play on Saturday.
Sometimes as supporters, we don't appreciate how much we all owe to the work of the backroom staff, so it is good to see the focus on them re: AW.
Thanks from us all Paul & Mike.
[quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: Good man. Score a hatfull. Hard road back from a dreadful injury. Looking forward to seeing you play on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Sometimes as supporters, we don't appreciate how much we all owe to the work of the backroom staff, so it is good to see the focus on them re: AW. Thanks from us all Paul & Mike. WirralRed
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9:38am Thu 21 Aug 14

bluesharpbob says...

Welcome back Andy and well done. Ignore the negative comments that you've received and feel encouraged by those who support and help you, at and outside of the County Ground. Good luck mate and great to see you on the score sheet.
Welcome back Andy and well done. Ignore the negative comments that you've received and feel encouraged by those who support and help you, at and outside of the County Ground. Good luck mate and great to see you on the score sheet. bluesharpbob
  • Score: 3

10:01am Thu 21 Aug 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

If Andy can get back to his best and him and Michael Smith stay free of injury then we might be wondering what all the fuss about strikers has been about. I do wish Andy offered a bit more physical strength up front but he has many other good attributes. Central defence is another matter but I'm sure MC and LP are working hard on that one.
If Andy can get back to his best and him and Michael Smith stay free of injury then we might be wondering what all the fuss about strikers has been about. I do wish Andy offered a bit more physical strength up front but he has many other good attributes. Central defence is another matter but I'm sure MC and LP are working hard on that one. Psychedelic Syd
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