Ryhope, Sunderland born winger Owen Williams started his football career in 1913 with Ryhope Colliery and had trials with Sunderland and Manchester United, also playing for Easington Colliery Welfare in 1915. During the First World War he guested for among others Liverpool, but he made his name at Second Division Clapton Orient, whom he joined soon after World War One in July 1919, making his debut that September against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and for whom he scored 35 goals in 170 games over the next 5 seasons.
His quality led him to an England debut against Ireland at The Hawthorns in October 1922 and a further cap the following March against Wales in Cardiff. He signed for Middlesbrough in February 1924 for £3,000 scoring 42 goals in 194 games over the next 6 years, winning the Second Division Championship with them in 1927. He also represented the Football Association on their 1926 Tour of Canada. He finished his professional career with a season at Southend United in 1930-31 who bought him in July 1930 for £250, where he scored 4 times in 16 games before going non league with Shildon in September 1931.
His brother Tommy Williams also played with him for Clapton Orient as well as for a variety of other clubs.