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At the age of 16, to follow my dream to become a professional goalkeeper, I left home and signed my first professional contract with Crewe Alexandra. When I was 21 I left Crewe for first team football opportunities with Stockport County where I become the clubs number 1 and made 82 senior appearances. I also spent time on loan at Bury and Rochdale. I then went on to play for 4 seasons with Tranmere Rovers making 161 senior appearances. During my professional career I have been lucky enough to fulfil my dream and represent my country. I have been capped at all ages including Wales under 17,19, 21 and senior level. I achieved my ultimate goal on the 13th November 2015 when I made my first appearance at senior level against Holland. I have recently spent a season out in the USA playing for the USL team Indy Eleven, where I was awarded 'Player of the season'.
I have always had a passion for art, I used to draw and colour in my favourite goalkeeping gloves as a child, and then as I grew older I started more complexed pieces using different mediums. When I paint, it is an escape from the everyday demands of being a footballer. I am able to clear my mind and go in to my own world for a moment....often hours.
Having moved away from home at the age of 16, art has kept me in touch with the culture and history of home, Dyffryn Nantlle,Wales.
I gain inspiration from the generations of my family that worked in the hardship of the slate quarries, and their brotherhood bond that created a community. I am proud of my roots and of my Welsh identity and I hope my pride shows in my work.
Thank you for your support, on and off the pitch.
Owain Fôn Williams