Charleston resident snaps back at Cotts... Williams’ family tradition

A sign that greets visitors to Charleston Battery's Blackbaud Stadium
A sign that greets visitors to Charleston Battery's Blackbaud Stadium
Stuart O'Keefe. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey midfielder will relish facing former club

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Steve Cotterill has had to contend with plenty during his 13-month Pompey reign.

Yet nothing compares to his encounter with one particularly ferocious character whose toothy grin and evil intentions had him shaking... an alligator.

The Blues boss and first-team coach Guy Whittingham stumbled across the beast while visiting Charleston Battery’s Blackbaud Stadium.

The ground is centred in a beautiful location, with osprey nests on top of two floodlights and a river bordering two sides.

And residents in that same river are a number of extremely large alligators.

Apparently, one of them gave a large extravagant yawn as the duo looked in his direction. Thankfully, the plucky duo were protected by a fence and the width of the river, ensuring they were never in any danger.

Still, as Cotterill joked, he’s met worse during his Pompey days.

n Academy youngster Ryan Williams has emerged into the first-team spotlight this pre-season.

Then again, his family expect nothing less.

After all, football is very much in the blood of the 17-year-old Australian.

His father, Eric, was born in Kent and played for QPR before emigrating Down Under. In addition, he also collected several England under-21 caps.

Meanwhile, Ryan’s mother, Audrey, was an Australian international. Easy to see where the Williams children get their footballing talents from.

Aside from Ryan, there is twin brother Aryn, who is currently at Burnley’s Academy. And completing the clan is older brother Rhys – a highly-regarded player with Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old is an Australian international and, if fit, is a certainty to start against Pompey at the Riverside on August 6.