One of the big reasons Newcastle have been successful for the last 17 months or so, is down to the great team spirit on Tyneside, and the fact the players at the club want to be at Newcastle.
Mike Williamson – challenges former Magpie James Milner
That’s a lot different from two years ago, when Newcastle had too many prima donnas on Tyneside, and they didn’t have the fight or passion on the pitch – and it showed.
One of the excellent signings Newcastle have made in the last year is 27 tear-old Mike Williamson , who came in from Portsmouth in late January, and has already played 32 times for the Magpies.
The 6’4″ center-back has improved a lot since he arrived on Tyneside, and has already become a big player at the club, and recently signed a new contract which will keep the Stoke-on-Trent born player at the club until the summer of 2016.
And off the field you couldn’t wish to meet a nicer guy, and Mike will be hoping to get his first team place back this coming Sunday against Man City, since serving his three match suspension for violent conduct against Johan Elmander, in the appalling 5-1 defeat at Bolton.
Mike seems to be delighted to have joined a big and famous club such as Newcastle United, where passion reigns supreme:
“I don’t think many players would have turned down the chance to be taking on the likes of Arsenal and Man United in the Premier League,””They are all big occasions for a player. So it is very much living the dream.”
“I had difficult times last year at Portsmouth but I was told if I keep working hard good things can happen.”
“That’s what I did, it is a big contrast to this time last year.” “It is great playing in front of packed houses at home and seeing so many fans traveling on away games.”
“The atmosphere up here is a reminder of what the rivalry is like and when everybody is talking about it,” “When we beat Sunderland last time a lot of people were coming up to me in the street and thanking me.”
“Even the guy who helped me move house was saying that we probably didn’t realize what we’d done for the city.” “It was nice but the aim is to keep pushing on for the highest position possible.”
The 5-1 hammering of Sunderland will live forever in the memories of Newcastle fans – and Sunderland fans too but for different reasons – and of course the manager who orchestrated that famous win and many other great results this season – has now left Tyneside, to the astonishment of most Geordie fans.
But we have to move on – and Mike Williamson is just one of the players at Newcastle, the fans will be hoping can keep the lads in the Premier League this season, so we can then strengthen the squad again in the summer, and keep moving the Newcastle club forward.