Stephen Williams (footballer)

Stephen Williams (born 5 June 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer in the South Australian National Football League, playing for the Port Adelaide Magpies and is currently an assistant development coach at Port Adelaide Power and head coach of the Immanuel College first XVIII.

Stephen Williams
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-06-05) 5 June 1961
Original team(s) West Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 40, 1986 national draft
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1979–86, 1988–95 Port Adelaide (SANFL) 268 (288)
1987 Brisbane Bears (VFL) 004 (1)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1996–2003 Port Adelaide (SANFL) 163 (100–61–2) 61.34%
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

Stephen Williams is the son of Port Adelaide legend Fos Williams, and younger brother of twins Mark and Anthony. Stephen Williams was originally listed with West Adelaide Football Club along with Mark and Anthony, where father Fos was coach. When Fos left West Adelaide, the Williams brothers moved to Port Adelaide in 1979.

Port Adelaide player

It was at Port Adelaide that Fos had made his name as a champion player, captain, and coach. Stephen did not play any senior games with West Adelaide.

Williams made his league debut for Port Adelaide in 1979. After playing only 16 games in his first 3 years, Williams played 19 senior games in 1982. However, Williams continued to be a fringe player up until (and including) 1986, playing a handful of games in the reserves each year.

In 1986, Williams was drafted by the Brisbane Bears at number 40 in the AFL national draft. Williams played 4 games for the Bears in 1987 (alongside brother Mark), and returned to the Port Adelaide Magpies in 1988. After his brief stint in the (then) VFL, Williams became a key player for Port Adelaide. Williams played in the Port premiership teams of 1988,89,90,92,94,95 and retired from playing at the end of the 1995 season. Williams was awarded life membership of the Port Adelaide Football Club in 1989 and was inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2016.[1]

Port Adelaide SANFL coach

In 1996, Williams was appointed assistant coach of Port Adelaide Magpies. When coach John Cahill left mid-season to coach the newly formed Port Adelaide Power in the AFL, Williams took over as coach. Port Adelaide Magpies won the SANFL premiership in that year. Williams also coached Port Adelaide to premierships in 1998 and 1999.

Port Adelaide AFL assistant coach

Williams left the Port Adelaide Magpies at the end of the 2003 season to take up a role at the Port Adelaide Power in the AFL, where brother Mark was coach. As of 2008, Williams is their Assistant Development Coach.


  1. Rucci, Michelangelo (13 September 2016). "Stephen Williams joins the premiership clan in the SA Football Hall of Fame". The Advertiser.
  • Football Times - 1984 Year Book
  • Football Times - 1989 Year Book
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