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Evening with Oshor Williams and Tommy Sword

The Co-op is delighted to announce an evening with Oshor Williams and Tommy Sword at Stockport
Gin on Wednesday 31 st January, hosted by Club President, Steve Bellis.

Oshor Williams began his career at Middlesbrough, having spells at Manchester United, Billingham,
Gateshead and Southampton, before joining Stockport County in August 1979. Oshor made his
County debut in a League Cup game against Crystal Palace at Edgeley Park and made an immediate
impact, with his performance against the current England full-back Kenny Samsom. The game ended
1 – 1, with Oshor providing the cross for County’s goal against their Second division opponents.

Over the next six seasons, Williams played a total of 216 games, scoring 31 goals and was appointed
Club captain. He was a pivotal figure in team that won at First Division Sunderland in the League
Cup, and provided many assists for Mick Quinn who was establishing himself as a star striker in the
Football League.

In 1984, Williams played his part in holding the reigning European Champions to two goalless draws,
before losing 0 – 2 at Anfield in the League Cup. Later that season, despite publicly stating that he
didn’t want to leave Edgeley Park, he was sold to Port Vale for £8,000. He would go on to gain his
first honours in football, winning promotion with both Port Vale and then Preston North End, before
moving into non-league football with spells at Lancaster City, Winsford United, Witton Albion and
Hyde United. Oshor Williams has worked for the PFA for many years, since retiring from playing. He
is now a Club ambassador for Stockport County.

Tommy Sword was initially signed as a centre forward, but converted to centre back after Les Bradd
suffered an injury. Sword enjoyed a successful transition to a defender, missing only three matches
in his first season, whilst scoring at regular intervals. After seven seasons at Edgeley Park, he signed
for Hartlepool for a fee of £5,000, but returned to County just over six months later, scoring from the
spot on his second debut against Cambridge United. The big defender played his last game for the
Hatters in November 1987 having become the most successful penalty taker in County’s history at
the time. 24 of his penalties were scored in Football League games, with his only Cup success giving
County a famous 2 – 1 victory at Roker Park, against First Division Sunderland in 1980.

Tommy played for County in two spells, from 1979 to 1987, making 270 appearances and scoring 55
goals for the Hatters and was rewarded with a testimonial against Manchester City.

Join the Co-op to receive priority access to Co-op events and big discounts –


  • Location – The Loft @ Stockport Gin, 19B St Petersgate, Stockport

  • Date – Wednesday 31 st January 2024

  • Doors – 7pm, for a prompt start at 7.30pm

  • Price – £5 for Co-op members, £10 non-members


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