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Title: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Flashheart on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 21:25:39
One of the most successful managers we've ever had.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Sir red ken on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 21:32:34
Very sad news. He was the best manager we've ever had.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: chalkies_shorts on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 21:39:56
Very sad news. He was an excellent spotter of talent and could organise a team. Had the pleasure of speaking to him a few times and was a very blunt northerner but a nice and very straightforward bloke.
A proper town legend.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Quagmire on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 21:40:33
In 1969
On League cup final day
The Arsenal went to Wembley
They walked the Wembley way
They thought they had it easy
They thought they’d won the cup
Along came Swindon Town F.C and fucked the bastards up

RIP Danny, thank you.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: suttonred on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 21:42:29
In 1969
On League cup final day
The Arsenal went to Wembley
They walked the Wembley way
They thought they had it easy
They thought they’d won the cup
Along came Swindon Town F.C and fucked the bastards up

RIP Danny, thank you.

We pulled into Finsbury Park on the way back from Peterboro a few years back just as the Arse kicked out. That was sung at full volume by about 30 of us.

Rip Danny. An STFC legend


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Crozzer on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 21:53:17

Thanks for everything Danny, RIP. 

I hope that there will be something in Danny's memory arranged by the club. 

March 15th, 2019, will be a fitting occasion to celebrate a life well spent.   


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 22:36:29
 Danny had a good innings.... shame he couldn't have made a century.  People probably don't realise that although he came from the Rotherham school of hard knocks... the traditional route of from the pit into football straight after the war, the style of play he evolved was quite "modern" ... namely front 3, involving false number 9, holding midfielder, along with a water carrier, and over lapping full backs.

 I remember when asked about the difference between living in the north and south... he replied "down south the birds sing, up north they cough"


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: THE FLASH on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 22:38:37
Proper Ledge! RIP


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Batch on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 23:02:27
RIP Danny. legend.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Sir red ken on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 23:18:36
Thanks for everything Danny, RIP. 

I hope that there will be something in Danny's memory arranged by the club. 

March 15th, 2019, will be a fitting occasion to celebrate a life well spent.   
A very big statue for a club legend.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Bob's Orange on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 23:18:55
A very big statue for a club legend.

Hear hear!


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Private Fraser on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 23:21:38
RIP Danny. Thank you for many wonderful memories and one of the best day’s of my life!


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Bedford Red on Sunday, February 3, 2019, 23:41:34
RIP Danny. 94 is a damn good innings, a shame you won't be there on 16th March when a lot of the 69 squad (who remain) are from what i hear going to be at the County Ground, however you'll be remembered by everyone.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Wilf Shergold on Monday, February 4, 2019, 00:12:07
As a Rotherham legend, I often wondered how he felt about getting us promotion at the Millers in ‘69? 1-1, from memory the locals weren’t too friendly...

Of course was also the manager when we beat the Moore/Hurst/Peters Hammers in ‘67. True legend, thanks Danny.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Legends-Lounge on Monday, February 4, 2019, 01:38:39
One Danny Williams, there’s only one Danny Williams, one Danny Williams, there’s only one Danny Williams. Sadly the great man has climbed those famous steps for the last time and joins rightly so other legends who have already gone. Great man, great team great victory. Take your place at the top table Danny RIP.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Peter Venkman on Monday, February 4, 2019, 09:11:43
I met him once in 1979, one of the nicest men I ever met, sang Rawhide to me and gave me polo mints.

A good inningd Danny.

Rest in peace your memory will live forever with all Town fans whether they knew you or not.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: RedRag on Monday, February 4, 2019, 09:55:40
Quite shocked.  I had sort of presumed that Danny Williams would be around this March to enjoy the Wembley anniversary.

Sir Red Ken, you are right on the money.  A statue is required when a genuine legend departs.  Perhaps also a Danny Williams Way. Chairmen and Managers come and go but Danny will always be in the Swindon DNA.   

Meanwhile, a fitting celebration at the home game v the Vale on 16th March.

RIP.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Bob's Orange on Monday, February 4, 2019, 10:29:54
I will be doing my best to go to the Vale game to pay my respects to Danny and the Cup winning squad.

Something that I very much doubt I'll ever see again in my lifetime.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Anteater on Monday, February 4, 2019, 11:25:51
RIP Danny


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Pax Romana on Monday, February 4, 2019, 11:54:07
Yes, very sad he didn't make it to the 50th anniversary.

I was too young to see his famous spell as manager but his second spell was just as I started to watch the Town seriously.  I remember in (I think) his second season back going to the away game at Rotherham in 1975, completely unaware of his playing record for Rotherham, and being amazed at the reception he got.  We won as well which was even more amazing away from home in those days.

RIP Danny.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Nick Bamosomi on Monday, February 4, 2019, 12:05:10
Very sad to hear this, he was manager when I first got the Swindon bug. Great man, great legacy. The club cannot let this go without some sort of tribute.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: THE FLASH on Monday, February 4, 2019, 12:32:35
Quote from the great man after the game...


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Tails on Monday, February 4, 2019, 12:34:24
The same hint of arrogance that made us all fall in love with PDC. RIP Danny


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: horlock07 on Monday, February 4, 2019, 12:34:40
I only discovered he was still with us a couple of weeks back, way before my time but will always be a club legend for what he achieved, thoughts with his family and friends today.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Ticker45 on Monday, February 4, 2019, 14:13:33
All been said in this thread, just very, very glad I was around to watch a team he blended together to achieve what they did. R.I.P. Danny.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Family at War on Monday, February 4, 2019, 14:41:06
When kids these days talk about legends they use the word flippantly. Well if ever you need an example of a club legend Danny was one and the club has to do something to remember him by, as mentioned a statue would be great even if we have to fund raise. RIP Sir Danny you gave me and my dear old dad some of the greatest times of our lives.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Bewster on Monday, February 4, 2019, 15:41:31
I work with a Rotherham fan and Danny was his Dad's all time favourite Millers player.

I think the enormity of what he achieved can easily be lost over time but it was quite staggering. Everyone used to talk about Sunderland v Leeds but IMO this was bigger.

Thanks for memories and giving us one decent song Danny ! RIP.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Bathtime on Monday, February 4, 2019, 17:49:29
Absolute Swindon Town legend - should have a stand named after him really....first game I saw was a 5-0 against Charlton - I was hooked...such excitement...surprised to hear he was still alive..thanks for posting that he has passed on. Hero...happy days...


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: bamboonoshop on Monday, February 4, 2019, 18:20:29
When kids these days talk about legends they use the word flippantly. Well if ever you need an example of a club legend Danny was one and the club has to do something to remember him by, as mentioned a statue would be great even if we have to fund raise. RIP Sir Danny you gave me and my dear old dad some of the greatest times of our lives.

You can't really blame "the kids" for that though. The glamour and sensationalism of media outlets (largely SkySports) have made "legends" out of teams that win 3 games in a row. A responsibility as adults, I would say, lies with us to educate "the kids" to understand what a "legend" really is. Even then, it is still rather relative to the opinion expressed.

Yes, I'm sure there is a consensus where several names nationally and worldwide, come to mind. Almost without thought. Players Pele & Eusebio; managers Paisley & Michels. Yet while someone like Ferguson would rightly be remembered worldwide, I'm not so sure someone like Batteux, Ivic or Lobanovskyi would?  :hmmm:

Anyhow, sleep well Mr Williams. We will all join you one day, for that is our only true certainty.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Crozzer on Monday, February 4, 2019, 19:12:53
Absolute Swindon Town legend - should have a stand named after him really....first game I saw was a 5-0 against Charlton - I was hooked...such excitement...surprised to hear he was still alive..thanks for posting that he has passed on. Hero...happy days...


0:0 at half time.  That team was incredible to watch, the atmosphere in the ground was electric.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Monday, February 4, 2019, 20:36:22
Absolute Swindon Town legend - should have a stand named after him really....first game I saw was a 5-0 against Charlton - I was hooked...such excitement...surprised to hear he was still alive..thanks for posting that he has passed on. Hero...happy days...

Danny had gone by then Fred Ford was in charge for that game.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Bathtime on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10:24:27
Danny had gone by then Fred Ford was in charge for that game.

Thanks Reg...I wasn`t aware as I was only about 10 years old - I have grown up convinced that was a Danny Williams team - how long had he been gone for and how old was he when he managed us?. I remember him looking quite old but of course I was only quite young..


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Reg Smeeton on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10:38:39
Thanks Reg...I wasn`t aware as I was only about 10 years old - I have grown up convinced that was a Danny Williams team - how long had he been gone for and how old was he when he managed us?. I remember him looking quite old but of course I was only quite young..

It more or less was Danny's team, only Arthur Horsfield had been brought in.  He went at the end of the 69 season, to Sheff Weds.  Danny woud have been about 44 then  so about 40 when he came to Town.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Exiled Bob on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10:58:23
My memory is probably playing tricks on me, but I was under the impression that Danny Williams was caretaker manager for a little while after Bob Smith got sacked and before Trollope took over. As I say, it's probably my memory playing tricks on me as I have not seen it mentioned anywhere in his managerial record - I probably confused it at the time with him being General Manager.

Whatever, I only started supporting Town in 1979 so missed the cup glory by a long while and just missed out on seeing Danny as a manager, but every Town fan should be grateful to him and the 69 team for ensuring Swindon Town's place in the history books.


Title: Re: RIP Danny Williams
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 11:22:46
My memory is probably playing tricks on me, but I was under the impression that Danny Williams was caretaker manager for a little while after Bob Smith got sacked and before Trollope took over. As I say, it's probably my memory playing tricks on me as I have not seen it mentioned anywhere in his managerial record - I probably confused it at the time with him being General Manager.

Whatever, I only started supporting Town in 1979 so missed the cup glory by a long while and just missed out on seeing Danny as a manager, but every Town fan should be grateful to him and the 69 team for ensuring Swindon Town's place in the history books.
No I am pretty sure he was caretaker for a few weeks after Bob Smith left, taking on what they called "the firefighter" position.