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Christopher Gerald Bart-Williams (born 16 June 1974) is an English former footballer. His position was defence or midfield.

Chris Bart-Williams
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Personal information
Full name Christopher Gerald Bart-Williams
Date of birth (1974-06-16) 16 June 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Leyton Orient 36 (2)
1991–1995 Sheffield Wednesday 124 (16)
1995–2002 Nottingham Forest 207 (30)
2001–2002Charlton Athletic (loan) 6 (0)
2002–2003 Charlton Athletic 23 (2)
2003Ipswich Town (loan) 16 (2)
2003–2004 Ipswich Town 10 (0)
2004–2005 APOEL 19 (0)
2005–2006 Marsaxlokk 8 (0)
Total 449 (52)
National team
1992–1996 England U21 16 (2)
1994 England B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Bart-Williams grew up in North London and attended St. David's School and St Katharine in Hornsey. He represented his school, borough (Haringey), county (Middlesex), and adopted country (England) at youth level and went on to play for England under-21s and was called up to train with the senior squad although he never won a full England cap.

He was formerly an assistant coach for SoccerPlus Connecticut, a women's team in the WPSL in America.[1] He also served as an assistant coach for the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team for six years.[2]

Bart-Williams now lives in the U.S. and runs his own soccer training and college recruiting service, CBW Soccer Elite, assisting American and international student-athletes with college placement. In addition, Bart-Williams provides technical advice to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program at Charlotte Soccer Academy and is the head of Gulliver Schools' boys' soccer program in Miami, Florida.


Playing careerEdit

Leyton OrientEdit

When he was just 16 years old, Bart-Williams launched his professional career with Leyton Orient. He made 36 appearances with the club and scored twice.

Sheffield WednesdayEdit

Sheffield Wednesday showed interest in him and subsequently bought him for the record sum of £275,000 in 1991, the year they won promotion to the Football League First Division and were also winners of the Football League Cup.

Once with Sheffield Wednesday, Bart-Williams got a place in the first team immediately despite his young age. He began his career playing as an attacking midfielder. On 12 April 1993, he scored a hat-trick against Southampton in a 5–2 win.[3]

Bart-Williams played for Wednesday as a substitute in the 1993 FA Cup Final replacing Chris Waddle in the first game and Roland Nilsson towards the end of the replay.

He also helped the Owls reach the Football League Cup semi-finals in the 1993–94 season and also appeared in their short-lived UEFA Cup campaign (the club's first European run since the 1960s) the previous season.

Nottingham ForestEdit

After four years, he moved to Nottingham Forest for the sum of £2.5 million. Bart-Williams had a successful spell with Forest, and even though he played as a defensive midfielder he managed to score 35 goals, even being the club's top scorer in the 2000-2001 season, and was often clinical from free kicks and penalties.

During a game in 2000, Forest tried to experiment with their formation by playing 3–5–2 and played Bart-Williams as a sweeper. This experiment turned out to be a successful one as Nottingham Forest won 5–0 against Burnley, with Bart-Williams scoring twice.[4]

In 2001, Forest found themselves in financial difficulties and had to sell their better players. Bart-Williams turned down moves to Southampton[5] and Birmingham City[6]

Charlton AthleticEdit

In December 2001, Bart-Williams left Forest, signing for Charlton Athletic, initially on a short-term contract.[7] In May 2002 he signed a new two-year deal at the club.[8] Bart-Williams had 20 appearances and two goals.

Ipswich TownEdit

After spending two seasons with Charlton, Bart-Williams moved to Ipswich Town, initially on loan in September 2003,[9] and then permanently for the rest of the 2003–04 season. He was released the end of the season and decided to move away from English football.


Next for Bart-Williams was a move to APOEL in Cyprus in September 2004. He had been linked with a return to Nottingham Forest, although the rumour was denied by Forest.[10]


After unsuccessful attempts to lure Paul Gascoigne to the club,[citation needed] on 6 August 2005 Maltese team Marsaxlokk signed Bart-Williams.[11] But he managed only eight appearances and was sent home only two months into his three-year contract.[citation needed]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring from professional play, Bart-Williams moved to the United States to coach alongside former U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tony DiCicco. He served as an assistant for the Boston Breakers, a team in the Women's Professional Soccer League. He also was head coach of their reserve squads under the SoccerPlus Connecticut club. Bart-Williams joined the Quinnipiac University men's soccer program as an assistant coach, helping to lead them to a 2013 MAAC Conference championship and the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Bart-Williams now runs an international soccer training and college recruiting service, CBW Soccer Elite, placing talented student-athletes in American college soccer programs. Bart-Williams is also a consultant to Charlotte Soccer Academy's U.S. Soccer Development Academy program and is the head of Gulliver Schools' boys' soccer program in Miami, Florida.



  1. ^ [1] Archived 1 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ Andrews, Phil (13 April 1993). "Wednesday's strength in depth". The Independent. London. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Nottm Forest 5-0 Burnley". BBC Sport. 25 October 2000.
  5. ^ "Saints target Bart-Williams". BBC News. 5 November 2001.
  6. ^ "Bart-Williams snubs Blues". BBC News. 12 September 2001.
  7. ^ "Charlton swoop for Bart-Williams". BBC News. 3 December 2001.
  8. ^ "Bart-Williams secures deal". BBC News. 12 June 2002.
  9. ^ "Ipswich complete Bart-Williams deal". BBC News. 11 September 2003.
  10. ^ "Forest snub Bart-Williams". BBC News. 4 September 2004.
  11. ^ "Bart-Williams form". 22 June 2013.

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