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Ashley Williams is a Welsh international defender who plays for Bristol City. Named Wales captain in October 2012, the powerful centre-back has earned a reputation as being one of the Premier Leagues finest defenders of recent years, prompting Everton to spend £12m on the player in August 2016. Born on 23rd August 1984, in Wolverhampton, Williams joined the youth set-up at West Bromwich Albion’s but was released at the age of 16. From there, Williams made a career in the lower leagues with Non-League Hednesford Town and then Division Two club Stockport County. A loan move saw Williams play a small part in Swansea City’s 2008 League One title campaign before striking a permanent a then club-record £400,000 permanent deal that summer. Promotion to the Premier League followed in 2010/11 before lifting the League Cup in 2013 – Williams was named Swans’ captain in July 2013. Williams has more than 60 caps for Wales and played every minute of his country’s qualifying campaign and at the finals of UEFA Euro 2016.