The Cat in Wolf's Clothing

Bert Williams and his wife Evelyn had three children, Annette (Ann), Vaughan and Paul and thanks to Ann and her husband David Crawshaw who gave their kind permission for me to use Bert’s memorabilia from his book I can now start what, for me, is a labour of love.  From around 1950 to when he retired I read everything I could about “The Cat in Wolf’s Clothing” and this series of articles will start at the very beginning and chart his career in football and what a career it was.

A tribute from his manager, Stan Cullis, “On November 30th 1949 Bert was in goal for the England v Italy match at White Hart Lane and his fantastic display that day when England beat Italy 2-0 was hailed as one of the greatest ever by an England goalkeeper and earned him the nickname “The Cat” from the Italian press the next day!”  Stan Cullis was a man of few words who was rarely quoted in the newspapers but even Stan could not contain himself when asked about the near miraculous saves made by Bert that day.  He said, “He made save after save which was right out of the range of any other goalkeeper and I regard this performance as the finest I have ever seen from any goalkeeper in the world”.

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