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.