All his life, Bill Williams had been passionate about sports, both as a player and an avid follower. In his earlier life, Bill played football (soccer) to a high standard and was associated with three professional clubs in England. Once it became apparent that he would not aspire to super stardom, he played and coached at the semi-professional level for some fifteen years with a number of nonleague clubs in and around the London area. His passion though was always football, and when he was not playing he was a regular supporter, home and away, of the team he followed as a small boy, namely West Ham United. Williams was born in the East End of London, so it should be no surprise that his allegiances were to the local team. His father on the other hand was a Chelsea supporter, which manifested into a lot of good natured rivalry at home. His dad and his side of the family hailed from South West London and his mother was a Cockney girl and him a Cockney boy.
His passion in later life turned to golf when he moved to Venice, Florida. He played regularly and became infatuated with the history of the game. He would regularly return home to the UK to research his book subjects and spent a lot of time in St Andrews, Scotland which he deemed his spiritual home. Unfortunately Bill passed away in July 2020 and left behind his two children who ensured he was laid to rest in St Andrews. His legacy now lives on in his books and extensive research completed.