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Jennison Myrie-Williams – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

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Age:32 years

Jennison Machisti Myrie-Williams (born 17 May 1988) is an English footballer who plays as a winger for League Two club Newport County.
Myrie-Williams began his career at Bristol City, progressing through the club’s youth system before making his first-team debut in May 2006. He played regularly for Bristol City during the 2006–07 season as the club were promoted to the Championship. During the 2007–08 season, Myrie-Williams was loaned out to Cheltenham Town and Tranmere Rovers respectively in order to gain more first-team experience. The following season he was loaned out to Cheltenham Town again, before having further loan spells at Carlisle United and Hereford United.
He was released by Bristol City in May 2009, and joined Scottish Premier League side Dundee United on a free transfer a month later. After a season at Dundee United, Myrie-Williams moved to St Johnstone on a free transfer, making five appearances, before leaving the club in January 2011. He joined League Two side Oxford United in the same month, but the deal collapsed due to the fact that the player had already played for two clubs during the 2010–11 campaign. In July 2011, Myrie-Williams signed for League One side Stevenage on a free transfer. He joined Port Vale on a six-week loan spell in November 2011. He was released by Stevenage in May 2012, and signed for Port Vale on a permanent basis two months later. He helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two in 2012–13, and was also voted onto the PFA Team of the Year. He signed with Scunthorpe United in June 2014. He had a second spell on loan at Tranmere Rovers in January 2015. He joined Irish club Sligo Rovers in August 2015, and then joined Newport County in June 2016.

Club career

Bristol City

Myrie-Williams joined Bristol City’s Academy in 2002. He made his Bristol City debut on the last day of the 2005–06 season, coming on as a 61st-minute substitute in a 1–0 loss at Southend United on 6 May 2006. Myrie-Williams made three substitute appearances at the start of Bristol City’s 2006–07 campaign, before making his first starting appearance in a 1–0 home victory against Brighton & Hove Albion on 2 September 2006. He scored his first professional goal in a 3–1 home win against Chesterfield on 16 September 2006, scoring with a chipped effort to give Bristol City a two-goal lead. Myrie-Williams was appearing regularly for Bristol City throughout the 2006–07 season, providing assists in the club’s Football League Trophy games against Nottingham Forest and Brighton respectively. He scored his second goal of the season in a 3–2 win against Tranmere Rovers, coming on as a substitute in the 67th minute and scoring the winning goal with his first touch. Myrie-Williams made 35 appearances for the club during the 2006–07 season, scoring twice, in a season that witnessed Bristol City earn promotion to the Championship after finishing in second place.

Loan moves

Ahead of the 2007–08 season, Bristol City manager Gary Johnson stated his intention to send Myrie-Williams out on loan in order to gain more first-team experience. Johnson believed that Myrie-Williams would only benefit from a loan move to a League One club, given that he was playing in the third tier of English football prior to Bristol City’s promotion to the Championship during the 2006–07 campaign. Two days before the start of the 2007–08 season, Myrie-Williams joined Cheltenham Town on a month’s loan. He made his debut for Cheltenham in the club’s 1–0 home win against Gillingham on the first day of the season, coming on as a substitute in the 68th minute. Myrie-Williams made a further substitute appearance in a 1–0 defeat at Millwall a week later, before starting his first game in a 1–1 draw with Swindon Town on 25 August 2007. After making four first-team appearances for Cheltenham, Myrie-Williams’ loan was extended for a further month, running until 6 October 2007. Cheltenham Town manager John Ward said “I am really pleased that Jennison will be staying with us. In the last two or three games he has started to show his tremendous pace and ability on the ball”. His loan was extended yet again in October 2007, taking him into a third month with Cheltenham. He scored his first goal for Cheltenham in a 3–1 away win at Swindon Town in the Football League Trophy, scoring the first goal of the game, “finishing neatly after a superb through ball from Craig Reid”. He made his final appearance for Cheltenham in a 2–2 home draw with Crewe Alexandra, coming on as a substitute as Cheltenham scored two late goals to salvage a point. After the game, Myrie-Williams suffered a knee injury in training, ruling him out of first-team action for two weeks. He made 13 appearances for Cheltenham during his three-month loan spell, scoring one goal — he returned to his parent club in early November 2007.

After impressing during his loan spell at Cheltenham, Myrie-Williams joined League One rivals Tranmere Rovers on a month’s loan. On bringing Myrie-Williams to the club, Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore stated “He is left footed and will bring balance to our side”. He made his debut for Tranmere two days later, starting in the club’s 1–0 home defeat to eventual champions Swansea City. He was given permission to play in Tranmere’s FA Cup tie against Bradford City on 1 December 2007, but he was an unused substitute in the match. Myrie-Williams played a key role in Tranmere’s 3–1 home win against Bournemouth a week later, winning a penalty that was duly converted by Chris Greenacre. His loan spell was extended for a further month on 19 December 2007, after Myrie-Williams had impressed manager Ronnie Moore during his four weeks with the club. He provided the assist for Paul McLaren’s goal in a 2–0 home win over Carlisle United on 26 December 2007. Myrie-Williams scored his first goal for Tranmere on 26 January 2008, scoring the winner from the penalty spot in a 2–1 win against Yeovil Town at Prenton Park. Two days after scoring his first goal for the club, his loan spell was extended until the end of the 2007–08 season. Both managers were “delighted” with the progress Myrie-Williams was making at Tranmere, with Bristol City manager Gary Johnson adding “Jennison’s developing well at Tranmere and it would be criminal to bring him back now”. He scored his second goal for Tranmere just five days later in a 2–0 away win at Leeds United — Myrie-Williams scored with an “angled shot” in the 61st minute to give Tranmere their fourth consecutive victory. Myrie-Williams was also fouled in the area in a game against Port Vale, with Chris Greenacre scoring the resulting spot kick to give Tranmere the lead in an eventual 2–0 win. He scored his third goal of the camapign on 5 April 2008, netting with a header from Andrew Taylor’s cross in the third minute to give Tranmere the lead away at Walsall. However, he was taken off after 55 minutes with an injury that ruled him out for the rest of the campaign. He returned to Bristol City, having scored three goals in 26 appearance for Tranmere.

At the start of the 2008–09 season, Myrie-Williams returned to Cheltenham Town, signing on a one-month loan deal on 14 August 2008. On bringing Myrie-Williams back to the club, Cheltenham manager Keith Downing said “Jennison is an exciting young player who will give us some different options. We’ve perhaps been lacking a bit of pace and he will give us that as well”. He made his second debut for the club four days later, scoring with a header in the 80th minute to ensure Cheltenham picked up their first win of the 2008–09 season with a 2–0 win against Swindon Town. Myrie-Williams made five appearances for Cheltenham during his one-month loan spell, scoring one goal. He returned to Bristol City on 15 September 2008. Shortly after returning to his parent club, Myrie-Williams was loaned out to another League One club, this time in the form of Carlisle United. Myrie-Williams stated that the move appealed to him because of manager John Ward, who he had played under at Cheltenham Town — “We have kept in contact since I was at Cheltenham. He’s a good manager and I enjoyed playing for him. I heard about a possible move in pre-season which came to nothing but I’m delighted to finally be here”. He made his Carlisle debut on 20 September 2008, coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute in a 2–0 home defeat to Leeds United, a result that ended Carlisle’s 100% home record. His loan spell was extended for another month on 15 October 2008. His final appearance for Carlisle was in the club’s FA Cup 1–1 draw with Grays Athletic, a game in which Myrie-Williams was substituted after 59 minutes. He made 10 appearances during his two months at Carlisle. Myrie-Williams was loaned out for a third time during the 2008–09 season, his fifth loan spell in total, when he joined Hereford United in January 2009. He scored his first goal for Hereford on 17 February 2009 in the club’s 2–0 home victory against Leeds United, scoring with a low shot to give Hereford the lead just before half-time. He returned to Bristol City after Hereford’s 1–0 home loss against Peterborough United on 21 February 2009. A month later, Myrie-Williams rejoined Hereford until the end of the season. Myrie-Williams scored his second goal for Hereford in an away draw with Yeovil Town in April 2009. He made 15 appearances over the period of the two loan spells, scoring twice, as Hereford were relegated back to League Two after finishing bottom of the table.

Dundee United

At the end of the 2008–09 season, Myrie-Williams was released by Bristol City. In June 2009, he joined Dundee United on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal with the Scottish Premier League club. Dundee United manager Craig Levein stated “I am excited about the signing and I am sure he will develop into a real talent. Jennison is a player I’ve known about and admired for some time and up to about two years ago I would have said he was one of the brightest prospects in the country. He is a player who will not only excite the fans with his direct, quick running at defences, but he will also add pace to the team and strengthen our options going forward”. Myrie-Williams made his Dundee United debut on 22 August 2009, coming on as an 88th-minute substitute in a 0–0 draw at St Mirren. He made a further two appearances as a late substitute, before starting his first game for Dundee United in the club’s 2–0 away win against Ross County in the League Cup on 22 September 2009. He made his first league start on 17 October 2009, playing 84 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Hamilton Academical, earning the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his performance. Myrie-Williams was again named as the ‘Man of the Match’ for his performance in a 2–1 win against Celtic at Tannadice on 22 November 2009 — the club’s website reported that he made “the most creative impact during the game” and that he “continued his fine form of late and in doing so gave Celtic left back Danny Fox a torrid 90 minutes”. He scored his first competitive goal for Dundee United in a 3–2 home win against St Mirren on 5 December 2009, scoring the club’s third with a neat finish. He was on the scoresheet again in January 2010, scoring in a game against St Johnstone, Myrie-Williams’ goal gave Dundee United the lead after trailing 2–0 at half-time, although the game ended 3–3. Myrie-Williams received the first red card of his career when he was sent-off for two bookable offences in the side’s 2–0 home loss against Celtic on 25 April 2010. He played in the club’s 2–0 win over Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup semi-final, but was not selected for the Hampden Park final itself. He made 27 appearances for the “Tangerines” in his first season at the club, scoring twice.

He remained at Dundee United ahead of the 2010–11 season, and made his first appearance of the season in a 1–1 draw with St Mirren on 14 August 2010, appearing as a substitute in the 74th minute. It was to be Myrie-Williams’ only appearance for the club at the start of the campaign, and four days later, on 18 August, Dundee United manager Peter Houston told the player he was available for transfer in order to cut the club’s wage bill. Shortly before the summer transfer window closed, on 31 August 2010, Myrie-Williams left the club by mutual consent.

St Johnstone

Myrie-Williams signed for another Scottish Premier League club in the form of St Johnstone on 14 September 2010, again moving on a free transfer. He joined the club on a short-term deal lasting until January 2011, and was assigned the number 25 shirt on his arrival. He made his debut for the club four days later, playing the whole match in St Johnstone’s 2–1 home victory against St Mirren. Myrie-Williams started in the club’s next three fixtures, before appearing as a substitute in a 1–1 draw at Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 16 October 2010. After two appearances in two home defeats in quick succession against Celtic in late October 2010, Myrie-Williams did not feature again for two months. His last appearance for the club was as an 89th-minute substitute in the club’s 2–0 away defeat against Celtic at Celtic Park on 26 December 2010. Shortly after the game, he was told by manager Derek McInnes that he was free to find a new club — with his contract expiring at the end of January 2011. Myrie-Williams made eight appearances for St Johnstone during his three-month spell at the club.

Shortly after leaving St Johnstone, Myrie-Williams opted for a move back to England, signing for League Two side Oxford United on 27 January 2011 for the rest of the 2010–11 campaign. However, the transfer collapsed as a result of Myrie-Williams having already played for two clubs during the 2010–11 season — playing one game for Dundee United and eight for St Johnstone. Under FIFA regulations, a player can not play for more than two permanent clubs in a season. The English Football Association could not register Myrie-Williams as they are bound by FIFA regulations. Similarly, the Football League could not register him to play for Oxford as his international clearance could not be granted.

Stevenage

Myrie-Williams signed for League One side Stevenage on a free transfer on 8 July 2011. He was handed the number 11 shirt ahead of the 2011–12 season. He made his debut for Stevenage in the club’s 3–1 away win against Bournemouth on 16 August 2011, coming on as a 74th-minute substitute and helping to create Stevenage’s third goal. After making four successive substitute appearances, Myrie-Williams started his first match for the club on 24 September, playing 45 minutes in a 1–0 defeat to Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Myrie-Williams joined League Two side Port Vale on loan on 24 November, joining the club until January 2012. A day later, on 25 November, he made his debut for Port Vale in a 0–0 home draw against Torquay United, playing the whole match. During the game, he impressed manager Micky Adams — “He (Myrie-Williams) lifted me, as I’m asking people to be positive and show character, because the fans are disappointed with the way things have gone recently, and we need to give them something to shout about, which I believe he did. I thought he was outstanding, he looked exciting on the ball and he got crosses into the box”. In his next appearance for the club, he scored the equalising goal in a 2–1 win at Dagenham & Redbridge, when he “blasted in” a “25-yard blockbuster” – fellow Stevenage loanee Madjo went on to score the winning goal. Myrie-Williams’ effort was Vale’s first goal in 502 minutes (more than five games) of football. He won a penalty in his fourth game for the club, which was converted by Marc Richards to give Vale a 2–1 win at Hereford United. He returned to Broadhall Way in January having scored one goal in six games for Port Vale, who were unable to extend the loan deal due to an acute lack of funds.

On his return to Stevenage, Myrie-Williams was made available for transfer by manager Graham Westley, and was told he did not feature in Westley’s plans. Both Port Vale and Sheffield United were reportedly interested in signing the player on a permanent basis. League Two club Bradford City also spoke to Stevenage with a view to bringing in Myrie-Williams, although “the chase was put on hold” following Westley’s departure — with new manager Gary Smith wishing to evaluate the squad. No transfer materialised, and he came on as a late substitute in Stevenage’s 2–0 defeat to Charlton Athletic on 25 February 2012, marking his first appearance for Stevenage in five months. In the club’s next match, a home game against Huddersfield Town, Myrie-Williams came on as a 74th-minute substitute and assisted Robin Shroot’s late equaliser as Stevenage came from two goals down to earn a point. Four days later, on 3 March, Myrie-Williams again made an impact from the substitute’s bench, appearing as a 63rd-minute substitute and assisting Robin Shroot’s goal, a minute after coming on, in Stevenage’s 1–1 away draw against Exeter City. Myrie-Williams made 19 appearances for Stevenage in all competitions during the campaign. Despite playing more under new manager Gary Smith, he was released by Stevenage when his contract expired in May 2012.

Port Vale

Myrie-Williams joined Port Vale on a free transfer on 2 July 2012, signing a two-year contract after having impressed during his brief loan spell at the club during the 2011–12 season. He hit the ground running at Vale Park, and put in a particularly strong performance against League One leaders Tranmere Rovers in the Football League Trophy First Round, as he “tormented” full-back Zoumana Bakayogo, and claimed both goals of a 2–0 win with a penalty and a 30-yard free-kick he described as “up there with the best goals I’ve scored”. As the 2012–13 season drew to a close, League Two managers voted him the fifth best player of the season at the annual Football League Awards. Vale secured promotion with a third-place finish at the end of the season, and Myrie-Williams finished with nine assists and 11 goals in 50 games. He was voted onto the PFA Team of the Year, alongside teammate Tom Pope.

He lost his first team place in mid-October of the 2013–14 season after Adams dropped the winger system, before he marked his return to the starting line-up with a brace against Shortwood United in the FA Cup. He ended the campaign with ten goals in 45 appearances, helping the club to secure a ninth-place finish in League One.

“I want to thank Jennison for his efforts while he has been at the club. He has been terrific. At times he has been unplayable and at other times he has let himself down slightly, but that is the life of a winger… This is not having a go at Jennison, but I don’t see Scunthorpe as a progression in his career. I have to say I think that move is purely a money one.”

— Manager Micky Adams thanked Myrie-Williams for his efforts at Vale Park whilst passing judgement on his decision to join Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe United

Myrie-Williams rejected a contract with Port Vale to sign a two-year deal with newly promoted League One club Scunthorpe United in June 2014. He went on loan to League Two side Tranmere Rovers in January 2015, after being signed by his former Port Vale boss Micky Adams. Rovers were relegated out of the Football League at the end of the 2014–15 season, and Myrie-Williams became a free agent in the summer after his contract with Scunthorpe was cancelled by mutual consent.

Sligo Rovers

He had trials with Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town in summer 2015. At the end of the month he signed with League of Ireland Premier Division side Sligo Rovers, managed by his former Port Vale manager Micky Adams.

Newport County

In June 2016, Myrie-Williams signed a one-year contract with League Two club Newport County. He made his debut for Newport on 6 August 2016 versus Mansfield Town. He scored his first competitive goal for Newport on 16 August 2016 in the League Two match versus Luton Town.

International career

Myrie-Williams has represented England at under-18 level.

Style of play

Myrie-Williams is generally deployed as a winger, and can play on either flank. He is predominantly left-footed, and has been used on the wing for the majority of his career. Despite being left-footed, Myrie-Williams states that he is much more comfortable on the right wing — cutting inside and getting a shot on goal. He has been described as being “blessed with searing pace and an impressive left foot”, causing defenders “countless problems”. Myrie-Williams believes that his strongest attribute is that he “loves running at defenders”, as well as being “pretty confident with the ball at his feet” and “not being afraid to take anyone on due to his pace”. He also states that he can “spot a good pass”, and gets as much enjoyment assisting goals as he does scoring them. He has been described as a “direct winger” with “a habit of drifting out wide”. Myrie-Williams often takes set-pieces and has been described as a “dangerous crosser of the ball”.

In June 2009, former footballer turned pundit Steve Claridge stated that Myrie-Williams was “an exciting prospect” due to his style of play. He also claimed Myrie-Williams was a “priceless asset” in terms of turning defence into attack and relieving defensive pressure — “Whenever he was given time and space to run at the opposition he looked dangerous and comfortable with the ball at his feet. This appears to be a side to his game that comes naturally. As the match became stretched he quickly turned defence into attack with lung-bursting 50-yard runs”. Claridge did, however, believe that Myrie-Williams often tried to complicate matters too much and needed to work on “simplifying his game” in order to be able to “assess the situation” better.

Myrie-Williams believes that he needs to work on his heading ability, and despite actively trying to improve it, he states that it still “needs a bit of work”. He also states that managers often tell him he needs to track back more and do more defensive work in matches — in-turn offering more protection to the full back.

Personal life

He was born in Lambeth, south London. Myrie-Williams and his family moved to Bristol at the age of 14 in order to make it easier for him to play at Bristol City’s Academy. He states that the biggest influence in his life is his mother, as well as saying that former Bristol City manager Gary Johnson “really looked after him” during his time at the club. He has always wanted to play professional football, and stated that he never considered any other career path. He supports Manchester United, and “loves watching the way they play”, in particular the club’s treble winning team during the 1998–99 campaign. He has a daughter, born in 2011.

Career statistics

As of 5 May 2015.
ClubSeasonDivisionLeague[A]FA CupLeague CupOther[B]Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Bristol City 2005–06League One1000000010
2006–07League One252501040352
2007–08Championship0000000000
2008–09Championship0000000000
Total262501040362
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2007–08League One120000011131
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2007–08League One253100000263
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2008–09League One5100000051
Carlisle United (loan) 2008–09League One80100010100
Hereford United (loan) 2008–09League One152000000152
Dundee United 2009–10SPL242102000272
2010–11SPL1000000010
Total252102000282
St Johnstone 2010–11SPL6000200080
Stevenage 2011–12League One170100010190
Port Vale 2011–12League Two6100000061
2012–13League Two4492010325011
2013–14League One3775310204510
Total871773205210122
Scunthorpe United 2014–15League One150201020200
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2014–15League Two183000000183
Sligo Rovers 2015League of Ireland Premier7010000080
Newport County 2016–17League Two0000000000
Career totals267291938014330736
A. ^ The “League” column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Scottish Premier League.
B. ^ The “Other” column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy and play-offs.

Honours

Individual
  • PFA Team of the Year (League Two): 2012–13
Bristol City
  • Football League One promotion: 2006–07
Dundee United
  • Scottish Cup winner: 2010
Port Vale
  • Football League Two promotion: 2012–13
  • Sherwin, Phil; Johnson, Dave (2013), Port Vale This Side Up: 2012-2013 Promotion Celebration, BGL, ISBN 978-0-9926579-0-1