Monday, 24 January 2011

265 Mark Williams

Position : Right  back

Played : 1998-99

Appearances : 14

Goals : 1

Mark was a youngster from Liverpool who’d turned up for a trial after playing against us in a pre-season friendly at Barrow. After a handful of reserve games he was promoted to the first team at the expense of the struggling Paul Sparrow. He had an impressive debut at home to Leyton Orient in September playing his part in a 2-1 win with a superb recovery tackle in the second half. While not doing much in the opposition’s half he looked much safer than Sparrow at the back. He kept his place and two games later scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Halifax. He was unfortunately sent off away at Swansea in December , his first yellow being a case of mistaken identity. He was not immediately reinstated after serving his suspension and being on monthly terms, decided to try his luck at Rotherham instead.

He played 11 League games to the end of the season plus both legs of their play-off semi –final against Leyton Orient ( a real thriller which went to penalties after two goalless draws). He then suffered a serious injury in pre-season , didn’t play at all in 1999-2000 and had to retire from the professional game. He made a comeback in the Conference with Hereford in August 2001 before switching to Chester in March 2002. Released in the summer he went over to Brunei with some other Merseyside-based players to play for the national side managed by Mick Lyons but quickly returned after being caught in the Bali bombings though he survived uninjured.

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