Aztex bring in former Stoke and Watford star

Austin Aztex News Release – www.austinaztex.com

Thursday, January 8, 2009

AUSTIN, TX — Ex-Watford and Stoke City striker Gifton Noel-Williams has agreed to a two-year deal with the Austin Aztex FC, the club announced today.

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Noel-Williams spent two seasons with Stoke in the ChampionshipNoel-Williams has an impressive resume. He played for the English national team at various stages early on in his career. At 16 years old he began his professional career playing at Watford. Two seasons later Noel-Williams led Watford in scoring as the team was promoted to the Premiership. He scored 33 goals for Watford before moving to Stoke City in 2003.

While at Stoke, the 6’3” striker led The Potters in scoring two consecutive seasons (2003-05), where he found the net a total of 23 times. He continued his career at Burnley before moving to Spain to play for second flight Real Murcia, helping lead the club to La Liga before joining Elche. He began the 2008-09 campaign with Millwall in League 1, but has spent most of the season with fellow League 1 club Yeovil Town on loan.

Aztex president and team owner Phil Rawlins, who is also part owner and on the board of directors at Stoke City, said the signing of Noel-Williams is a significant event for the Aztex.

“I expect him to be a ‘franchise’ player for us and to make a significant contribution to our team’s development,” Rawlins said. “Gifton has 10 years experience playing at the very highest level in both England and Spain and that experience and leadership will be invaluable to us both on and off the field. I am absolutely delighted that he has agreed to join us.”

The English-born center-forward, who will join the Aztex in February for pre-season training, agreed.

“I am very happy about this move. It comes at the right time for me in my career. I am still only 28 and have my best years ahead of me as a striker. The chance to join (head coach) Adrian (Heath) and Phil in Austin is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. It’s very exciting to be in at the beginning of something new, where I feel I can make a big contribution.”

Year Team League (Tier) Games Goals
1996-1997 Watford England Second Division (3) 25 2
1997-1998 Watford England Second Division (3) 40 7
1998-1999 Watford England First Division (2) 26 10
1999-2000 Watford England Premier League (1) 3 0
2000-2001 Watford England First Division (2) 32 8
2001-2002 Watford England First Division (2) 29 6
2002-2003 Watford England First Division (2) 16 0
2003-2004 Stoke City England Championship (2) 42 10
2004-2005 Stoke City England Championship (2) 46 13
2005-2006 Burnley England Championship (2) 29 2
2005-2006 Brighton (loan) England League 1 (3) 7 2
2006-2007 Burnley England Championship (2) 23 5
2006-2007 Real Murcia Spain Segunda (2) 10 4
2007-2008 Elche CF Spain Segunda (2) 21 5
2008-2009 Millwall England League 1 (3) 1 0
2008-2009 Yeovil Town (loan) England League 1 (3) 8 0

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