Charles Williams was recruited from Payneham and described as a dependable, dour defender. He played the 1930 Norwood trials on a half back flank and showed good enough form to be included in the Association (seconds) training squad. He displayed excellent form in his first three seconds games and was invited to train with the league squad.
Continuing his good form he was chosen as a reserve against West Adelaide on Monday of the long weekend in early June. During this game Walter Scott, Norwood captain and centre half back was injured, so the following Saturday a reshuffle of the backline resulted in Williams being placed on a half back flank against Port Adelaide; an intense game resulted in a draw.
With the return of Scott, Charles returned to the seconds for the remainder of the season. There was some compensation as he played in the Norwood side that defeated Port Adelaide at Thebarton Oval to win the 1930 Association premiership.
In 1931 Williams continued playing with the seconds and was showing his typical, dependable good form when mid- season he sustained an ankle injury that curtailed his season.
Charles took a break from Norwood for the next two years, eventually returning for the 1934 trials. He initially played for Norwood B which was actually the third choice side in a trial against Magill. Such was his form he was selected in the senior trial the following week and then included in the seconds training squad. His consistency of form saw him again invited to train with the league squad.
In early July, Norwood faced a crisis when Krome resigned as captain and was replaced by Chinnery. At selection, McCallum and L. Chinnery were unavailable due to injury and Maddern and Jones were omitted. Williams was selected on a half back flank.
There were no league games the following week due to the State side playing in Perth. The next week Charles had his last taste of league football when he was chosen as a reserve against Port Adelaide.
B Ridge July 2022