Darren Williams Player Profile
Debut: Scarborough (A, 2-2), 06/04/2004
A product of Boro’s much heralded EFCO scheme, Darren Williams was a player that many had earmarked as a possible star in the making. He was, after all, the captain of the FA Youth Cup side that made significant strides in the 2003/4 season, losing to Tranmere in the 4th Round 2-1.
But it is rare at this level that a player will break into the middle of a defensive unit at such a young age, and at 18 was hardly going to be blessed with chances to break into the first team.
He was awarded a chance though – injuries and suspensions ravaging the squad late that same season meant a substitute appearance away to Scarborough where he made a positive impression and helped his side recover a two goal deficit.
However, despite given the chance to shine during preseason the next year he was back out of the first team and was rarely placed in the reserve team. Before long he switched to Grays Athletic of the Conference South, before moving on again further down the pyramid.