At the time of the second World War, Bert Williams was playing for Walsall, but the six-year conflict resulted in professional football being brought to a halt. However, upon the end of the battle, Wolverhampton Wanderers benefited as they secured the services of a goalkeeper who would go on to become their greatest ever stopper.
Williams made 420 appearances between the sticks in the Black Country and also represented England on 30 occasions but you need more than statistics to see that Williams was a huge success at Wolves.
At just five feet and nine inches, Williams was tiny compared to the height generally required to make a top-class goalkeeper, but his remarkably sharp reactions made him stand out from the rest. His interventions saw him nicknamed "The Big Cat", and the amount of saves that he would make during his 14-year spell at Wolves would help the club to the FA Cup in 1949 and the Division One title five years later.
England honours naturally followed throughout his impressive showings for Wolves and he represented his country at the 1950 World Cup, but it is at Wolves where he is held in the highest of regards and will probably never be replaced from his status as the best custodian ever to represent the club.