Mark M. Williams


Mark M. Williams

Infobox afl player | firstname = Mark
lastname = Williams




birthdate = Birth date and age|1958|8|21|df=y
birthplace =
originalteam = West Adelaide
heightweight = 183 cm / 80 kg
dead = alive
deathdate =
deathplace =
debutdate = 1981
debutteam = Collingwood Magpies
debutopponent =
debutstadium =
playingteams = Total - 201 games, 236 goals
* Collingwood (1981–1986) 135 games, 178 goals
* Brisbane (1987–1990) 66 games, 58 goals
coach = coach
coachingteams = Port Adelaide (1999-2009)
* 223 games, 133 wins, 88 losses, 2 draws
statsend = Round 9, 2008
careerhighlights =

* Collingwood captain, 1983-1986
* Collingwood best and fairest (Copeland Trophy), 1981 and 1985
* Collingwood leading goal kicker, 1984 (53 goals)
* Brisbane vice-captain, 1987-1990
* All-Australian, 1980
* State representative (South Australia 8, Victoria 1)
* 4 SANFL Premierships as player with Port Adelaide, 1979,1980,1990 and 1992
* 2004 AFL premiership coach with Port Adelaide
* 2 time AFL Pre-Season championship winning coach

Mark Melville "Choco" Williams (born 21 August 1958) is a former Australian rules footballer and currently, the coach of the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Playing career

ANFL

Williams playing career began in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) at West Adelaide (where his father Fos Williams was coaching). He represented West Adelaide on 64 occasions for 37 goals.

Williams then moved to the Port Adelaide Magpies. He played 115 games and kicked 104 goals and flourished as a player, becoming one of the stars of the SANFL.Fact|date=September 2007

VFL

Williams was then recruited by Collingwood, making his Victorian Football League (VFL) debut in the 1981 season. He rose to the position of captain of the club during the mid-1980s.

After the 1986 season he joined the playing list of the newly-founded Brisbane Bears in the newly formed Australian Football League (AFL). At Brisbane he was appointed vice-captain to Mark Mickan. Williams played 4 seasons before retiring from the Bears during the 1990 season. He returned to the SANFL to play for Port Adelaide.

Coaching career

After his playing days were completed he coached Glenelg in 1993 and 1994 before joining Essendon as an assistant coach, and in 1999 won the head coaching role at Port Adelaide, replacing John Cahill. Port Adelaide topped the ladder at the end of 2002 and 2003, but losses in finals ruined their chances of winning the premiership. However in 2004 they again topped the ladder and Williams became Port Adelaide's first AFL premiership-winning coach, with the team defeating the Brisbane Lions. He was the coach of the Port Adelaide that suffered the worst ever Grand Final defeat in the 2007 Grand Final (at the hands of Geelong by 119 points).

Footballing dynasty

Williams comes from a large and intensely proud footballing dynasty, closely aligned with Port. His father, the late Fos Williams, is often referred to as the father of the Port Adelaide Football Club.

See List of Australian rules football families.

Personal life

Mark is married to Pauline and they have 5 children, Marcus, Georgina, Isaac, Louis, and Isabelle.

ee also

1990 SANFL Grand Final

External links

* [http://www.portmagpies.com.au/ Official Website of the Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club]
* [http://www.portadelaidefc.com.au/ Official Website of the Port Adelaide Football Club]
* [http://www.thepowerfromport.com.au/ The Power From Port - Unofficial Port Adelaide Power and Magpies Football Clubs Website]


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