Mark Williams (footballer, born 1970)
|Full name||Mark Stuart Williams|
|Date of birth||28 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Stalybridge, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2004–2005||Milton Keynes Dons||13||(0)|
|2004–2005||→ Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Mark Stuart Williams (born 28 September 1970) is a former Northern Irish footballer who played for Shrewsbury Town, Chesterfield, Watford, Wimbledon, Stoke City, Milton Keynes Dons and Rushden & Diamonds.
Williams started his career at Newtown, then moved to Shrewsbury Town where in 1993–94 season he helped the side win the Third Division title. After three seasons with the Shrews he moved to Chesterfield. In the 1995–96 season, he was part of Chesterfield's historic run to the FA Cup semi final, playing in both the semi final and semi final replay against Middlesbrough. Williams had earlier kick started their memorable cup run when he scored the only goal in the first round against Bury.
In 1999, he was signed by newly promoted Premier League side Watford. He scored once for Watford, his goal coming in a 2–1 defeat to Leeds United. However, at the end of the season the Hornets were relegated outright, in bottom place with just 24 points and Williams moved to another relegated side Wimbledon. Although an integral part of the team in his first season, he lost his place and joined Stoke City in March 2003. Stoke were in deep relegation trouble in 2002–03 and Williams played in six matches helping them to avoid the drop on the final day of the season. In the summer of 2003 he moved to the United States to play for Major League Soccer team Columbus Crew where he made five appearances before returning to England.
Williams re-joined old club Wimbledon in February 2004 and played 11 times for the club in 2003–04 as they suffered relegation to League One. He stayed at the club following their controversial change to Milton Keynes Dons and played 15 times for the re-branded club before ending his career with seven games on loan at Rushden & Diamonds.
In 2006, Williams married glamour model and pornographic actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie. The couple has one child, Luca Scott Mark Williams, born in May 2005. He also has a daughter from a previous relationship.
In November 2016, amid the United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal, Williams waived his right to anonymity and alleged he had been abused by youth coach Barry Bennell while a trainee at Crewe. In Manchester on 5 December 2016, Williams was one of five abuse victims at the launch of an organisation, the Offside Trust, to support player victims of abuse and their families.
- Sourced from The English National Football Archive
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Shrewsbury Town||1992–93||Third Division||28||1||2||0||1||0||1||0||32||1|
|Stoke City||2002–03||First Division||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Columbus Crew||2003||Major League Soccer||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Milton Keynes Dons||2004–05||League One||13||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||15||0|
|Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||2004–05||League Two||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
- Shrewsbury Town
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- "Williams joins Stoke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- 2003 Columbus Crew Statistics, USA Today.
- "Irish Football Association, Northern Ireland – Squad Profiles – Mark Williams – Defender". Archived from the original on 13 July 2008.
- Parveen, Nazia (29 November 2016). "Former Northern Ireland player Mark Williams was 'victim of sexual abuse'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
- Austin, Jack (29 November 2016). "Football abuse scandal: Former Premier League player becomes fifth footballer to reveal sexual abuse". Independent. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
- "Southampton 'abuser' still working in football". BBC News. BBC. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
- "Sex abuse footballers 'want to be free of pain'". BBC News. BBC. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.