The Death of Chris Bart-Williams


Who was Chris Bart-Williams?

Chris Bart-Williams was a former professional footballer who played as a midfielder for several clubs in England, including Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest, Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town. He also represented England at the under-19, under-21 and B levels. He was born in Sierra Leone but moved to England as a child.


When and where did he die?

Bart-Williams died on 24 July 2023, at the age of 49. He had been working and living in the United States, where he was a mentor and coach for young footballers. He was the owner and chief executive officer of the US College Soccer recruiting agency CBW Soccer Elite. He also worked as a head coach for Florida-based Dade County.


What was the cause of his death?

The cause of his death has not been officially confirmed, but some reports suggest that he suffered a heart attack. His death came on the same day as his former Sheffield Wednesday manager Trevor Francis, who also died of a heart attack in Spain.


How did the football world react to his death?

His death was greeted with shock and sadness by his former clubs, teammates and fans. Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Leyton Orient, Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town all posted tributes on their websites and social media accounts, expressing their condolences to his family and friends. His former teammate Mark Crossley tweeted: "Devastating and I’m so upset to hear the news of Trevor Francis passing and my former team mate Chris Bart Williams, both so young, it is so sad , RIP Trevor and Chris."


What legacy did he leave behind?

Bart-Williams was a talented and versatile player who could play in various positions across the midfield. He was known for his passing, vision, leadership and free-kick ability. He made over 500 appearances in his club career, scoring 64 goals. He also helped Sheffield Wednesday reach the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1993, and Nottingham Forest win promotion to the Premier League in 1998. He was one of the first black players to captain a top-flight club in England. He also inspired many young players with his coaching and mentoring work in the US. He will be remembered as a legend by his former clubs and fans.

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