One of Newcastle’s youngsters, who has come through big time this season, is 19 year-old Michael Richardson.
Michael Richardson – doing great at Newcastle
The former Kenton School pupil only joined Newcastle last summer following a successful trial, and as Reserve Team manager Peter Beardsley has said, Michael’s emergence will give every young player in the Newcastle area, some hope they can make it at the local club.
Michael has done really well in his first season at the club, and has found himself on the bench quite a few times this year, as the Newcastle squad has been hit by a number of injuries and suspensions.
Only a year ago he was still working as an electrician, but things have changed dramatically for the young lad, and we hope he will keep up his rapid improvement next season too.
The local lad was interviewed yesterday by the Evening Chronicle and this is some of what he told the local newspaper:
“Aye, it is a dream come true all right.” “It has been a dream of a season for me full stop and it is just getting better and better really.”“I hope it will not stop but it is coming to an end, my aim is to just keep working hard – then see what happens.”
“It is unbelievable to go from seeing these people on TV to working everyday with them”.“You look up to them and training with them is just unbelievable too.” “As soon as you get out of bed you just cannot wait to get to training.”
“The banter is everywhere and it has settled me in.” “They are all nice lads and everybody feels welcome at the club.” “When you are training every day it makes a massive difference. It is harder compared to a couple of nights a week like in non-league.”
“It showed when we played Ashington in the Senior Cup the other week when they were tiring towards the end and you can really see the difference.” “What happens is, you find yourself late in games still going strong if not getting stronger.”
“My aim is to again catch the eye of the manager.” “Everybody will be looking to play as well as they can and train as hard as they can. “That is surely the same for all of us.”
It’s always good to have local lads at the club, because they represent the passion that Newcastle fans have, and that rubs off well on the other players.
We have noticed that when big money takes over a club, especially at Manchester City, the local lads seem to get pushed out, and whatever happened to all the young players who were coming through at the famous Manchester City Youth Academy?
But that certainly hasn’t happened at Chelsea where John Terry remains the captain and of course he’s Chelsea through and through, and will in all likelihood end up as a Chelsea manager down the road.
Michael Richardson could be an unlikely star for Newcastle in the next season or two, and that would be great for the red head, and it will interesting to see just how quickly he can improve on Tyneside next season.
Best of luck Michael.