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Mark Williams

Mark Williams

1981-1986
21

135CFC Games Played

178CFC Goals

Date of Birth
21 August 1958
Recruited From
Port Adelaide (SANFL)
Collingwood Debut
Round 1, 1981
Height:
183cm
Weight:
80kg

Biography

From Port Adelaide, the son of South Australian legend Fos Williams, he won Collingwood’s best and fairest and represented Victoria in his first year as well as playing in the losing grand final side. In only his third season he was made captain of the Magpies and proved to be a fine leader for the remaining four seasons of his career at Collingwood.

Williams proved to be a success in Victoria after a batch of failures. He was a gritty competitor, and bored in for the ball and kept going all day. He was a strong mark and tackled ferociously and had great stamina.

He won his second Copeland trophy in 1985 and was a loyal servant of the club. His good friend Peter Daicos said that a Williams smother in the 1981 Grand Final almost turned the game the Magpies’ way.

A contract dispute flared at the end of 1986 which was unfortunate as he had always been reluctant to rock the boat over money. His coach Leigh Matthews told him to sign by Cup Day or move on. It was said in some quarters that his willingness to express opinions too often was not to Matthews’ liking. After the stalemate he went to new club Brisbane and gave solid service.

At the end of his time at Brisbane he wrote to Collingwood seeking an assistant coaching position, but never got a reply.

He went to Essendon as assistant coach to Sheedy. After serving his coaching apprenticeship, he was appointed Port Power coach in 1999 and guided the side to the top of the ladder at the end of the 2002 and 2003 seasons but both times the side failed to reach the Grand Final.

In 2004 he guided Port to its first AFL flag. He was sacked as coach late in the 2010 season, leading the Power into his final match against Collingwood in round 15. He later worked at Greater Western Sydney and Richmond as a development coach.

For years he was invited to take part in indigenous football matches because of his dark skin but in 2009 it was discovered that his great-great-grandfather was an Afro-Caribbean.

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Statistics

CFC Career Stats

Season played Games Goals Finals Win %
1981-1986 135 178 6 51%

CFC Season by Season Stats

Season GP GL B K H T D Guernsey No.
1981 25 21 18 388 129 517 21

1981 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Fitzroy W 1 1 17 7 24 21 View match >
Round 2 Western Bulldogs W 2 2 12 6 18 21 View match >
Round 3 St Kilda W 1 1 21 1 22 21 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 18 5 23 21 View match >
Round 5 Melbourne W 1 3 17 6 23 21 View match >
Round 6 Carlton W 1 23 2 25 21 View match >
Round 7 Sydney W 2 13 3 16 21 View match >
Round 9 North Melbourne W 1 14 4 18 21 View match >
Round 10 Richmond W 1 14 6 20 21 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn L 12 2 14 21 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 1 1 12 3 15 21 View match >
Round 13 St Kilda W 11 8 19 21 View match >
Round 14 Geelong W 13 4 17 21 View match >
Round 15 Melbourne W 1 2 27 2 29 21 View match >
Round 16 Carlton W 1 17 7 24 21 View match >
Round 17 Sydney L 1 16 3 19 21 View match >
Round 18 Essendon L 8 7 15 21 View match >
Round 19 North Melbourne W 1 1 23 6 29 21 View match >
Round 20 Richmond W 1 12 5 17 21 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn W 2 2 20 13 33 21 View match >
Round 22 Fitzroy L 1 17 6 23 21 View match >
Qualifying Final Geelong L 2 6 4 10 21 View match >
Semi Final Fitzroy W 2 13 8 21 21 View match >
Preliminary Final Geelong W 1 18 8 26 21 View match >
Grand Final Carlton L 2 0 14 3 17 21 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1982 22 22 14 340 130 470 21

1982 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Geelong L 1 1 17 5 22 21 View match >
Round 2 Western Bulldogs W 18 5 23 21 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 1 17 5 22 21 View match >
Round 4 Richmond L 17 10 27 21 View match >
Round 5 North Melbourne L 16 5 21 21 View match >
Round 6 Fitzroy L 1 8 4 12 21 View match >
Round 7 Essendon L 1 16 5 21 21 View match >
Round 8 Sydney L 9 4 13 21 View match >
Round 9 Hawthorn L 13 4 17 21 View match >
Round 10 Melbourne L 1 13 4 17 21 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 2 10 8 18 21 View match >
Round 12 Western Bulldogs W 3 2 19 10 29 21 View match >
Round 13 Carlton L 1 2 19 4 23 21 View match >
Round 14 Richmond L 3 1 15 2 17 21 View match >
Round 15 North Melbourne L 2 1 17 3 20 21 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy L 18 7 25 21 View match >
Round 17 Essendon L 3 1 16 3 19 21 View match >
Round 18 Sydney L 1 17 7 24 21 View match >
Round 19 Hawthorn L 2 16 8 24 21 View match >
Round 20 Melbourne L 1 2 12 6 18 21 View match >
Round 21 St Kilda L 19 14 33 21 View match >
Round 22 Geelong W 3 18 7 25 21 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1983 22 42 22 353 115 468 21

1983 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 16 6 22 21 View match >
Round 2 Geelong L 1 2 17 3 20 21 View match >
Round 3 Carlton L 1 2 18 2 20 21 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 3 1 18 5 23 21 View match >
Round 5 Hawthorn L 16 8 24 21 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 1 17 6 23 21 View match >
Round 7 Western Bulldogs W 4 11 3 14 21 View match >
Round 8 Richmond W 6 1 21 4 25 21 View match >
Round 9 Sydney L 2 2 11 2 13 21 View match >
Round 10 Fitzroy L 2 2 21 4 25 21 View match >
Round 11 St Kilda W 2 18 9 27 21 View match >
Round 12 Melbourne W 2 14 5 19 21 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 1 18 6 24 21 View match >
Round 14 Carlton W 2 5 4 9 21 View match >
Round 15 Essendon W 2 18 7 25 21 View match >
Round 16 Hawthorn L 3 9 3 12 21 View match >
Round 17 North Melbourne L 4 1 22 3 25 21 View match >
Round 18 Western Bulldogs W 1 13 5 18 21 View match >
Round 19 Richmond W 2 2 18 7 25 21 View match >
Round 20 Sydney W 3 2 17 13 30 21 View match >
Round 21 Fitzroy L 1 3 16 4 20 21 View match >
Round 22 St Kilda W 3 19 6 25 21 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1984 23 53 31 257 113 370 21

1984 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Melbourne W 1 6 8 14 21 View match >
Round 2 St Kilda W 3 15 5 20 21 View match >
Round 3 Essendon L 2 11 8 19 21 View match >
Round 4 Sydney L 2 17 8 25 21 View match >
Round 5 Carlton W 5 3 16 1 17 21 View match >
Round 6 North Melbourne W 2 2 10 2 12 21 View match >
Round 7 Geelong W 1 5 14 12 26 21 View match >
Round 8 Richmond L 1 3 9 8 17 21 View match >
Round 9 Fitzroy W 1 4 12 4 16 21 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs L 14 9 23 21 View match >
Round 11 Hawthorn L 7 2 13 1 14 21 View match >
Round 12 St Kilda W 3 1 8 4 12 21 View match >
Round 13 Essendon L 4 3 11 2 13 21 View match >
Round 14 Sydney W 3 3 11 5 16 21 View match >
Round 15 Carlton L 2 9 3 12 21 View match >
Round 16 North Melbourne W 1 14 9 23 21 View match >
Round 17 Geelong W 21 6 27 21 View match >
Round 18 Richmond W 3 16 9 25 21 View match >
Round 19 Fitzroy L 1 2 2 21 View match >
Round 21 Hawthorn L 3 10 4 14 21 View match >
Round 22 Western Bulldogs W 3 2 9 9 21 View match >
Elimination Final Fitzroy W 6 1 7 5 12 21 View match >
Semi Final Carlton W 1 2 2 21 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1985 22 16 13 341 134 475 21

1985 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 North Melbourne W 2 2 15 5 20 21 View match >
Round 2 Geelong W 1 12 7 19 21 View match >
Round 3 Melbourne W 6 10 16 21 View match >
Round 4 Essendon L 20 9 29 21 View match >
Round 5 Sydney W 7 4 11 21 View match >
Round 6 Richmond L 18 3 21 21 View match >
Round 7 Fitzroy L 1 18 8 26 21 View match >
Round 8 Hawthorn W 14 4 18 21 View match >
Round 9 St Kilda W 1 21 11 32 21 View match >
Round 10 Western Bulldogs L 1 14 3 17 21 View match >
Round 11 Carlton L 18 4 22 21 View match >
Round 12 North Melbourne L 2 1 16 9 25 21 View match >
Round 13 Geelong L 1 1 18 7 25 21 View match >
Round 14 Melbourne W 14 3 17 21 View match >
Round 15 Essendon L 17 9 26 21 View match >
Round 16 Sydney W 1 20 9 29 21 View match >
Round 17 Richmond W 1 20 4 24 21 View match >
Round 18 Fitzroy L 1 13 6 19 21 View match >
Round 19 Hawthorn L 11 3 14 21 View match >
Round 20 St Kilda W 5 3 11 2 13 21 View match >
Round 21 Western Bulldogs L 2 14 9 23 21 View match >
Round 22 Carlton L 2 1 24 5 29 21 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
1986 21 24 20 269 139 408 21

1986 Season stats

Hide Season
RD VS Result GL B K H T D Guernsey No. Match Report
Round 1 Essendon L 1 20 8 28 21 View match >
Round 2 Sydney L 2 6 7 13 21 View match >
Round 3 North Melbourne L 2 13 7 20 21 View match >
Round 4 Geelong W 2 1 12 14 26 21 View match >
Round 5 Western Bulldogs L 1 12 14 26 21 View match >
Round 6 Melbourne W 13 4 17 21 View match >
Round 7 Carlton L 11 4 15 21 View match >
Round 8 Hawthorn L 1 10 10 20 21 View match >
Round 9 Richmond W 1 4 10 4 14 21 View match >
Round 10 St Kilda W 2 4 16 9 25 21 View match >
Round 11 Fitzroy W 2 3 16 3 19 21 View match >
Round 12 Essendon W 1 10 6 16 21 View match >
Round 13 Sydney L 2 2 12 5 17 21 View match >
Round 14 North Melbourne W 1 13 4 17 21 View match >
Round 16 Fitzroy W 3 1 17 5 22 21 View match >
Round 17 Western Bulldogs W 13 3 16 21 View match >
Round 18 Melbourne L 7 6 13 21 View match >
Round 19 Carlton L 1 14 9 23 21 View match >
Round 20 Hawthorn L 1 12 6 18 21 View match >
Round 21 Richmond W 4 1 22 3 25 21 View match >
Round 22 St Kilda W 1 10 8 18 21 View match >
Legend
  • # Guernsey
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • D Disposals
  • M Marks
  • T Tackles
*Player goal statistics included VFA (Victorian Football Association) results.
Totals 135 178 118 1948 760 2708
Avg/Game   1.32 0.87 14.43 5.63 20.06
Legend
  • GP Games Played
  • GL Goals
  • B Behinds
  • K Kicks
  • H Handballs
  • T Tackles
  • D Disposals

Key Facts

CFC Debut Number

815

Total AFL Games
201
Total AFL Goals
236
CFC Debut
Round 1, 1981
CFC Last Game
Round 22, 1986
Recruited From
Port Adelaide (SANFL)
Full Name
Mark Williams
Nickname
Choco

Awards

  • All Australian
    1980
  • x2
    Most Courageous Player
    1982, 1985
  • Most Consistent Player
    1981
  • Leading Goalkicker (Gordon Coventry Trophy)
    1984
  • x2
    E.W. Copeland Trophy (Best and Fairest)
    1981, 1985
  • x4
    Team Captain
    1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
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