Martin Williams was signed to provide options in midfield and attack – but it was often a mystery as to what position he was most comfortable in. Before Cloughie brought him in, Willo had seen enough action in the Football League. So, it’s not as if he came to us with little in the way of experience. It’s up for debate whether we saw the best of that while he was on our books, however.
Willo clocked up nearly a half century of starts for Boro’, but there were often times (or so it seemed) that he wasn’t up for the fight. On days that were too few and far between, the player was flighty and pacy; able to cause no end of trouble to Conference defences. But on days where he was neither of these things, he could be lethargic and temperamental. In football, that’s rarely a winning combination in a player. If ever.
Few goals indicated a preference for using Willo as a midfielder more often than not. But he can, at least, lay decent claim to scoring one of the finest goals seen at Broadhall Way – certainly at that time. After rounding the whole Northwich Victoria team, he then slotted home calm as you like. It was worthy of deciding the match and that it did; Boro’ taking all three points with a 1-0 win. He left for pastures new in 2003, making the move to Woking.