Newcastle Defender Vows To Keep First Team Place

We have to say one of our favorite players at Newcastle is Mike Williamson, and it’s not just because he’s one of the best buys made by Newcastle over the last three years or so, when Newcastle paid peanuts for him (we use the word from Joey Barton’s vocabulary) – £1M to be exact – when we signed him from Portsmouth in January of 2010.

Mike Williamson in action against Man City’s Pablo Zabeleta last season

And at the time it was great acquisition for Newcastle, because Steven Taylor had just damaged his knee against West Brom and Mike came in and did a superb job alongside Fabricio Coloccini,  to ensure  Newcastle easily won promotion, and won the Championship by a massive 11 points in the following May.

Indeed in his first game, he hadn’t played a first team game all season, and yet he played a great game on January 27th of 2010, and was the Man of the Match against Crystal Palace in our 2-0 win.

Mike has managed to rack up 72 appearances at Newcastle, but has still to score his first goal for the club, but Steven Taylor is now back, after recovering from his Achilles injury, and the likelihood is that Newcastle will bring in another center-back – Douglas of FC Twente – if no other top  club comes in with a bigger bid than £5M for him.

Mike got married over the summer, and he’s a down to earth lad, and is well aware he will have to fight it out for his place alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini next season, and he had this to say to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“The manager is going to try to strengthen in all areas and centre-half is going to be one of them.”  “The fact is I’ve already got Steven Taylor and Colo – and there’s a few young lads who are coming through. That is the competition and is big competition but it will bring out the best in me.”

“I feel that I’m an established Premier League player now. I’ve felt like that since the first season I got under my belt, now it is about progressing and showing I can get better and hopefully be a key player. I’m looking forward to another campaign and what it might bring.”

On last season’s form Steven Taylor will probably ease past Mike to play alongside Fabricio Coloccini, but of course if Douglas comes in, we’ll have four good center-backs fighting it out for two positions, and that’s what Newcastle need to get to the next level.

Newcastle now need top players fighting it out for every position in the field, if we are to progress further from our great 5th position last season.

It seems Mike Williamson is very willing to fight for his starting place on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    m afraid saylor would be automatic 1st choice even if we dont buy another CB

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Got to agree there lachu.

    Saylor is streets ahead of him. Williamson is a great player to have in the squad though. He isn’t great but played a part in us getting 3rd most clean sheets.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    I have a feeling this article will bring out the best in all us fans. There certainly wont be any of the following comments.

    1) Championship quality at best.
    2) Get rid of him, he cost us CL last season.
    3) Once Spurs finish the Vertonghen maybe do a swap deal with Willo?

    Anyway, I am off to do some work. Enjoy

  • Peejay1990

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    First time poster. Gotta admit he has made some impact covering for Steven Taylor when he’s injured but he definitely cannot be a like for like replacement; leaks far too many goals (lost us the Brighton match) and has a tendancy to panic (West Brom @ home).

    Had some great matches in the championship but at the level we’re playing at now he can be average at best. Still a good buy for 1 Mil and will be useful cover for all the games we have to play next season.

  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Well i dont know Europe too much .. but i m guessing we must avoid Turkey and Russian teams on the road in Europa right .. they are longest travels , guys??

  • Reshad

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #6

    If we’re moving forward as a club, then he shouldn’t be near the first team. He’s one of those players capable of a lot of solid work, with a ridiculous error. A bit like Titus Bramble, only with a likability factor that poor old Titus only seems to exude when up in front of judges. (I just assume that’s how he keeps getting off).

  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7

    I really like mike and hope we keep him. People often under value players who do come in and do a job when other ‘better’ players get frequently injured. It’s not easy knowing you’re only getting the gig coz others are crocked. It’s almost like you have to try that bit harder to impress and that’s when errors occur.

    Looking forward to seeing a few lads playing at a better level next season. Perch, mike, raylor and the younguns. Was over the moon to see tav get a deal.

  • Lachu

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Willaimson s a team man , someone like lovenkrands , quietly gets on with the job wen called upon.. gotta admire that..


    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    lads is the pre season game live on tv in India

  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    I like big Mike (see what i did there?)

    Consumate professional, he knows he’s never going to be first choice but he grafts his nuts off to stay around the first team.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    I rarely comment on the articles. Instead I spend my time reading them and commenting on your comments. However I thought I’d comment on the above article.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12


    I didn’t cut your sentence in half. You agreed Hamann and Cole did better after they left us. So you don’t have to think anymore that no one did better after leaving us.

    And for your info Tomasson did have a better career after leaving us. He scored goals for AC Milan. In no way did his career go downhill after leaving us. Same for Distin.

    Bottom line there are players who have forged a better career after leaving us.

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Right i know willo isn’t the best player but where would we have been without him last season? Who would have been our back 4? Who would have been in his place?
    Perch? A bit lightweight with no heading defense
    Simmo? See perch
    Raylor? Not suited to cb
    kadar? Please

  • toonincheek

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14

    pieceof papiss –
    Consumate professional, he knows he’s never going to be first choice but he grafts his nuts off to stay around the first team.


  • hoppernufc

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #15

    So pardew says santon will be moved to right back this season and where trying to sign debuchy so whos guna play at left back?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Good lad big mike keep the hard work going great cover for us put in a a few decent shifts over the last few seasons

    Did any1 else read that AC milan our after andy carroll! Hope they get him for about £8-9 million just to fcuk liverfool right up!!

  • toonincheek

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Willo did a decent enough job last season – and all credit to him for his efforts.
    That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be looking to improve our team and options.
    I would still like to see him stay, although if we bring in a new CB, Willo is likely to be 4th choice.
    Still, plenty of games and with a bit of rotation, plus injuries, he will see some playing time.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Sorry that was very immature. Mike Williamson is an essential part of the

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • darrenfletcher88

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Good squad player,done a great job filling in,but not a top 4 cb,he will play a part but a new cb of top top quality wud be nice, before people start he’s a great pro but we need better…..

  • woolerbill

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Williamson can do one job defend with is head, the rest of the game is a step too far for him.

  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #21

    I think when he was good he was very good.

    See: Chelsea

  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Graham Cwarr

    Where would we be without him last season is a paradox.

    We should’ve had more cover in the first place so where would we have been if we had additional cover.

    He did his job, didn’t do it incredibly well, but dida decent job.

    If we want to progress we need to upgrade our bench as much as our starting 11.

    Mike doesn’t cut it for me.

    Loving your work though Cwarr.


  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Put it this way guys if mike was in the starting 11 against Spurs then something has seriously gone wrong!!

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #24

    That’s a bit disrespectful to Williamson.

    He isn’t the best in possession, far from it, but he started giving it to colo and not just hoofing it every time so he was getting a little better.

    The problem was that our two weakest starting 11 are Simmo and willo and they have the same flaws. They struggle to use the ball well and they both are have a mistake in them. It doesn’t help they play next to each other so the opposition can mark collo and santon forcing krul to kick long or give it to Simmo/willo who then go long.

    They need to be improved on and to get higher in the league we need more technical players on the ball.

  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Beattie. You could say that for every teams third choice centre back, Inc the top four. Not a lot of teams out there boasting a truly class third choice cb. Because truly class cb’s don’t really like sitting on benches.

    We would have been ruined without mike last season and it’s not really a paradox because ur assuming we would have bought a better player in… I think marriappa was being touted at the time.

    Mike did a job and often did it well. When he made mistakes it was often in games when others were playing crap also. Colo got off lightly I think last season escaping a lot of criticism and I also think pardew made some mistakes playing high lines with slow defenders.

    But colo has great hair and pardew has a winning smile so criticism went back to woe mike.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26


    Pretty much agree.

    We shouldn’t be signing squad players, that’s what mid table team do.

    We should sign better players than we have, which forces our current starters to drop to the bench making our cover very talented as well.

    No point getting more players of willo’s standard, can’t get players in just to build numbers up.

  • Beattie25

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #27

    Williamson Is 28 and his best years are behind him.

    He cannot improve which is only my opinion andhos all round game as a top flight defender is not good enough.

    Stick a pacey striker on him and we are done for. Simply average compared to other PL CB’s.

    Keeping at the club for the next few years would only hinder progress.

    I don’t mind 1 more year as a reserve CB but he isn’t going to play and if he does I shall not be impressed.

    Only my opinion once more.

  • brighter

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #28

    Absolutely not. I think the movement of Williamson is dull and awkward to use the ball well.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Well said Fatman

    Think collo and santon escape a lot of criticism.

    Man utd had johnny Evans at cb a lot, he isn’t great. Man city have a past it, out of shape kolo toure as third choice.

    Arsenal have a very slow mertesacker, Liverpool have an ageing carragher.

    They are all bigger teams and even they don’t have great 3rd choice players

  • FatmanJoe

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #30

    Defenders get to their peak around 27-32 and so mike has years to come.

    In your reckoning colo’s years are WELL behind him. Should we get rid?

    And I’m not saying we should be signing players of his quality, just not singling out players for criticism who did a fair job.

  • HullMag6

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    We do NEED another 1st team cb at least, with all fixtures weve got. collo and saylor with willo as back up isnt enough with rotation fitness and potential injuries in mind. I know i keep saying it but we dont want another norwich match do we.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #32

    Lads, doe’s anyone know when match tickets go on sale to club members for the SPURS match.


  • Szarka

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #33


    He was our 2nd best after Saylor was out that true.
    Whats the problem with Kadar? When he played he put a decent, solid work, nothing interesting, but not much errors too. I think he was just a bit behind Mike, mostly injuries struck him, but dont know why he was left out of the bench . Dont see any problem with his attitude when he was playing for Nufc or Hungary.

  • Twatter

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #34


    There were suggestions that Kadar really dropped off the pace in the last couple of years, a few of the local journos picked up on it. I agree, when we saw him play he looked decent, but that was a while ago now. Quite peculiar but perhaps Pardew just didn’t like the look of him.

  • graham cwarr

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #35

    @rich all those 3rd choice cbs are poor compared to their first team counterparts.
    Mertesacker has a turning circle that aall cruise liner would be ashamed of. And their are far too.many aging guys on teams benches. I think we’ll have the youngsters on the bench more soon

  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #36

    Beattie, I agree with you about Willo, but Fatman and Rich, I also agree with you about Colo. That is why when the 2 are played together the next Spurs, Fulham, Wigan result is just around the corner. Essential, in my view, that we buy a big, physical, pacey centre-back. Remember Pardew admitting that Ashley asked him at the beginning of the year when he was going to buy a centre half – we’re still waiting.

  • josh

    Jul 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Your right beatie it was hugely disrespectful. How many times have I said get the competition and then see him push on further. The lad just said it himself, hopefully he’ll prove himself right.


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