MARK WILLIAMS has been the Senior Coach at Port Power since 1999. He has had a number of afl trading cards issued during his Playing Career and many are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Mark Williams was indoctrinated with Port Adelaide blood at birth by his father, Fos Williams, one of the true Legends of South Australian Football. The Collingwood Magpies recruited Williams from his beloved Port Adelaide Magpies in 1981. He immediately repaid Collingwood for their faith in him by winning the Club Best and Fairest Award and representing Victoria in his first season. The only downside to 1981 was that Williams played in the losing Grand Final side.
He stayed at Collingwood from 1981 to 1986, playing 135 Games and kicking 178 Goals, and was renowned for his attack on the ball, tackled opponents ferociously, had outstanding stamina, and, was a very strong mark, particularly in contested situations. We can understand his frustrations at times, particularly when a number of his Power players have not shown the application and resolve that was paramount in Williams personal playing style.
Mark Williams was very popular with the Collingwood Magpies faithful from his first game, with the Club appointing him Captain in his third season, 1983, a position he proudly held for 4 seasons until his premature departure from Collingwood at the end of the 1986 Season, due to a Contract dispute. Williams was always a loyal servant of the Club, and had won the Copeland Trophy a second time in 1985 as Collingwoods Best and Fairest Player.
The loss of Williams is said to have been the outcome of him not meeting a Deadline Ultimatum from Senior Coach, Leigh Matthews, to sign a New Contract by a particular date, and if the rumours at the time that Matthews did not particularly like Williams expressing his own opinions too often, this may well be the answer.
Mark Williams then transferred to Brisbane where he gave very solid service in 66 Games, kicking 58 Goals, from 1987 to 1990 . At the cessation of his playing career , Williams wrote to the Collingwood Magpies, seeking an Assistant Coaches position, but it is said that he was not even blessed with a reply. He then went to Essendon as an Assistant Coach to Coaching Guru, Kevin Sheedy, and after serving an extremely learned Coaching Apprenticeship, was appointed Senior Coach at Port Power in 1999.
The talented playing group assembled at Port Power responded admirably to Williams Coaching Style, and finished at the top of the Ladder at the end of the Home and Away Seasons of 2002 and 2003. Unfortunately, the Team capitulated during both Finals Series and did not reach the Grand Final in either year.
Season 2004 however, justified the Port Power’s faith in their Senior Coach as they played many outstanding games, with Williams occasionally pounding near the Boundary Line like a storm trooper. Mark Williams knew that he had the Cattle to go all the way, and he just had to convince the players of their commitment to Grand Final destiny.
Williams , and his players , had a super 2004 Finals Series and Port Power proved far too good for the Brisbane Lions in the Grand Final, to snuff out Brisbane’s attempt to equal the best performance in AFL history of 4 winning Premierships in succession.
Since 2004 the Port Power Team has endured a wide range of Performance Levels, being brilliant one week and pitiful the next. Media outlets of all forms have been very critical of Port Power , and the Coach , for some abysmal Team displays over the past 5 Seasons, and a number have called for the Coach to be sacked. The warning to all other AFL Clubs in Season 2010, is that there seems to be an increased spring in the Coaches step , and if anyone can resurrect a tilt at further Grand Final glory, it is Coach Mark Williams.
UPDATE– 10 July, 2010- Mark Williams has today announced his retirement as Senior Coach at the Port Power Football Club.
UPDATE- 26 November, 2010- Mark Williams has signed a 3 year deal as Senior Assistant Coach to Kevin Sheedy at the Greater Western Sydney Football Club.
UPDATE- 2/09/2012- Mark Williams has today been appointed as Head Development Coach at the Richmond Tigers for AFL Season 2013.
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