Sofa Guy – You Don’t Realise How Happy You’ve Made This City

Mike Williamson is so far having an excellent season for Newcastle in the Premier League,  and this lad seems to continue to improve as he gets more experience in the Premier League.

Mike Williamson – down but not out against Sunderland on Sunday

At £1M from Portsmouth, Mike’s got to be one of the bargain buys made by the club this year,  and of course Newcastle are looking for bargains in the transfer market all the time, and with the club’s burgeoning Youth Policy, we needn’t spend big money in the transfer market – well not until we are a lot better than we are now.

And Mike had a tough time at Portsmouth where because of contractual reasons, and Portsmouth being so short of money, he never played once for their first team after joining them in September last year from Watford.

Miek talked about those  tough times today:

“They were dark times.” “But they are behind me now.” “Now it is a totally different contrast going to the Emirates.” “That’s what makes all of those days when I was in the gym and staying fit worth it.”

“It was hard. I was working on my own and trying to keep my head up, but this is the reward.” “It will be a big moment and a fantastic one to play at the Emirates.”

“Every week it’s something different. When it’s at Old Trafford or the Emirates it does have that special feeling about it.” “But Arsene Wenger is a great manager and has his side playing great football.”

“It’s well documented how he pulls a player from nowhere and gets them playing. They come through the system and it certainly pays off when you look at the way they play.” “They will only get better.”

Williamson has played 12 times for Newcastle this season, and in total has played in 28 games since joining the Magpies last January, and Mike thinks the great team spirit at Newcastle and the morale boosting win against the old enemy, will do nothing bit good for Newcastle’s future this season.

The Stoke-on-Trent born player continued:

“Satisfying is the understatement of all time. Firstly it’s three points, which we wanted to achieve.” “But more than anything we can take local pride out of it and a lot of confidence which we can take into our next game.”

“We want to do well and produce some performances, but especially in a derby.” “Even living in London you can sense the rivalry between these two teams when you see it on TV. It’s a special occasion. The atmosphere was amazing for us.”

“I had a sofa delivered to my house and even the guy who delivered it said ‘You don’t realise how happy you have made this city’.” “The gaffer was right when he said we were disappointed to concede even one.” “But it doesn’t take the gloss off a fantastic result.”

Well if Mike wasn’t aware of the total joy Newcastle’s performance last Sunday gave Newcastle supporters all over the world, he’ll know now from the Sofa guy.  It was the biggest win over Sunderland in 55 years  – and it’s hard to ask  more than that from the lads.

And that previous 6-1 win wasn’t in 1956 – as some reports would have it – we beat Sunderland on Boxing Day, 26th December, 1955 at Roker Park, and indeed the score was 6-1 after 65 minutes,  but Bobby Mitchell was injured and Newcastle were reduced to 10 men – otherwise it could have been 10-1. We also smashed Sunderland 6-1 back in the 1920-1921 season.

In 1955 Newcastle were FA Cup holders, having smashed Don Revie’s Manchester City 3-1 in the final that previous May, and my mother and father were both at Wembley for that game, when Jackie Milburn scored a header in the very first minute, and the win made it 3 FA Cup wins in just 5 years.

Those were the days alright.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • William

    Nov 4, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1
  • chuck

    Nov 4, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Well Ed. once again we disagree !
    I`m afraid your praise of Williamson is way over the top.
    Only proves that everyone has a different perspective on games.
    It`s my opinion Williamson is both slow and is easily beaten by pacey attackers, not that great in the air and his distribution is woeful.
    As for the win over Citeh in 55, i have the dvd and we have to give credit to a good Citeh side who almost came from behind, having played with 10 men for the greater part of the game.
    For those who are curious to know why? there were no substitutions allowed in those days.
    The game is available on dvd and for those interested in comparing to-days game with how they played then, take a dekko, you may be surprised.

  • munch27

    Nov 4, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #3

    whats this mybrute shit Ed? please sort this idiot out . As for Mike i think he is coming along nicely but is gonna have too step it up a notch with Tayls and Sol both getting close to full fitness.

  • G

    Nov 4, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #4

    @ william, post 1.… get it… now p**s off and let the grown ups talk about football.

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 4, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Munch27 I have already contacted Ed asking him to delete the post and block the bas***d trying to use the site for his own crap. It has nothing to do with NUFC.

  • ilde2551

    Nov 4, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #6

    @ Chuck, post 2.

    Who exactly are you referring to when you say ‘we disagree’, because it certainly isnt myself and the majority of newcastle fans. Personally i prefer williamson to colo, and as the most recent poll has suggested he is the second favorite CB at the club.

  • DanNUFC

    Nov 4, 2010 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #7

    just watching the liverpool game, and Lavezzi would be a great signing from Napoli

  • petey

    Nov 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #8

    He isnt THAT bad, he had has his moments…but yea he isnt all that great either. I remember the days collocini felt very uncomfortable at times though.

    At the moment i dont think he would make first team come Steven Taylor.

  • xfer

    Nov 5, 2010 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Mike is a decent defender. However he offers more than that in an attacking sense. How many times has he gotten his head at the end of our set pieces.

    Carroll, Ameobi, Colo, Mike, Nolan. We got 5 big guys there who can nick in. I like the threat we pose from our set-pieces, and I expect the guys to be scoring more often.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 5, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Willo has had some very dodgy games this season. He played ok against Sunderland, but if Sol is fit , I’d be tempted to play him for the experience he brings against his old club.

  • munch27

    Nov 5, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    You gotta laugh

    Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has accused Newcastle of a lack of “etiquette” after the Monkees hit Daydream Believer was played over the stadium tannoy at the end of the Magpies 5-1 victory over the Black Cats on Sunday. Newcastle fans had been taunting Bruce with an X-rated version of the song throughout the match.
    Full story: Daily Mirror

  • John Tudor

    Nov 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #13

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