Today is the 12th anniversary of the Cymru Premier’s most prolific striker reaching 300 league goals

Marc Lloyd Williams (yellow) on the ball for Porthmadog against Bangor City. Picture: Porthmadog FC website

On this date 12 years ago Marc Lloyd Williams netted his 300th Welsh Premier League goal.

April 11, 2009, saw Jiws make it a triple century when he scored for Porthmadog in a 2-1 win over Haverfordwest County at Y Traeth.

He remains the only player ever to reach 300 goals in the 29-year history of the national league.

Port were 1-0 up through Ryan Davies before the magic moment arrived in the 76th minute.

A long ball out of defence resulted in Lloyd Williams getting in behind the visitors rearguard, outpacing Lee Jarman and beating advancing keeper Lee Idzi to score his record-breaking goal – much to his own delight and that of the home supporters.

Haverfordwest pulled a goal back, but Port held on for a vital win.

Jiws’ boosted his final tally to 319 goals from 467 appearances before playing his last game in the league in 2010-11.

In early 2010, Lloyd Williams was officially the world’s leading top division goalscorer among still active players.

The International Federation of Football History and Statistics revealed the Llanberis man’s then record of 313 goals from 445 appearances in the domestic league headed a list which included global greats like Henrik Larsson (268 goals/478 matches), Rivaldo (261/518), Ronaldo (240/335), Thierry Henry (230/443) and Raul Gonzalez (225/534).

Lloyd Williams began his career in the Welsh Premier with Porthmadog in 1992.

Apart from brief spells with Football League clubs Halifax Town, York City and Stockport County, plus short stints at Altrincham, Colwyn Bay, Southport and Haugesund in Norway, as well as Llanberis and Llanfairpwll lower down the Welsh pyramid, he remained faithful to the national league of Wales.

The striker’s most prolific Welsh Premier scoring feats came at Bangor City, where he racked up 149 goals over five stints.

He would have won the European Golden Boot after scoring 47 goals in the 2001/02 season, but was not eligible as the Welsh Premier has a lower co-efficient than some of Europe’s bigger leagues.

That 47-goal tally is a record for a single season in the WPL.

Marc Lloyd Williams – Welsh Premier League stats (league appearances and goals only)

1992-93: Porthmadog – appearances 37 goals 6
1993-94: Porthmadog – appearances 38 goals 22
1994-95: Bangor City – appearances 29 goals 21
1996-97: Bangor City – appearances 20 goals 10
1997-98: Bangor City – appearances 38 goals 21
2000-01: Bangor City – appearances 21 goals 21
2001-02: Bangor City – appearances 34 goals 47
2002-03: Bangor City – appearances 17 goals 10
2003-04: Aberystwyth Town – appearances 32 goals 18
2004-05: Total Network Solutions – appearances 34 goals 34
2005-06: Total Network Solutions – appearances 33 goals 26
2006-07: Bangor City – appearances 30 goals 19
2007-08: Rhyl – appearances 13 goals 7
2007-08: Newtown – appearances 20 goals 16
2008-09: Porthmadog – appearances 33 goals 24
2009-10: Airbus UK Broughton – appearances 34 goals 16
2010-11: Newtown – appearances 4 goals 1

Total Welsh Premier appearances: 467
Total Welsh Premier goals: 319

Welsh Premier Player of the Season 2001-02.

Across all leagues and in all competitions, Lloyd Williams has piled up an estimated 450 goals.

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