On Sunday 12 January 2014 The Voyagers made a special presentation to the family of Pontypridd prop Stuart Williams at half time during Sunday’s game between London Welsh and Pontypridd at the Kassam Stadium.
Stuart tragically passed away at the age of 33 on October 21 - just two days after the club’s British & Irish Cup fixture with London Welsh at Sardis Road.
Stuart left a wife, Victoria, and two children, Harvey (8) and Megan (13) and The Voyagers Committee presented a cheque for £2000 which was accepted on the family’s behalf by a representative of Pontypridd RFC. A bucket collection was also made at the game which raised a further £580 for the family.
A double-winner with Pontypridd, Stuart’s loyalty to the club was such that he was the only player in the current squad to play every season of the new semi-professional era.
Originally from Glyncoch, Stuart graduated through the ranks at Pontypridd RFC and joined Rhymney in 2000. He became a regular member of the Pontypridd senior squad following a spell with Cilfynydd.
He made his senior debut as a replacement against Aberavon and made six appearances in his first campaign. The following season he became a regular in the team making 28 appearances.
He continued to serve Pontypridd RFC unstintingly in the front row over the next 11 seasons, making a total of 238 appearances for the club. He was also involved as a player and assisting with coaching duties at Cilfynydd RFC.