Mike Williamson has been at Newcastle since January of 2010, when he was brought in from Portsmouth for a meager £1M, after Steven Taylor had picked up a serious knee injury, and it all worked well for Mike and for Newcastle, because the 30 year-old was a regular in the side that achieved promotion from the Championship that season with a massive 106 points.
Mike Williamson – in action at Cardiff City
And Mike has always been proud to play for a club as famous as Newcastle United, and he talked about this again today in the local press:
“I would not have it any other way as it gave me a fantastic grounding.” “I have met some incredible players, coaches and managers on the way and it makes me appreciate every second I am out on the pitch in a Newcastle shirt.”
“I make sure I take nothing for granted for this fantastic club, the atmosphere, the fans, the passion – and that extends to off the pitch as well.”
“There is a chance to reach out and help in the local community in a number of ways.” “I like to make sure I am very active in that and for me that is just as rewarding as what happens on the pitch.”
Mike has always talked about Newcastle in the most lyrical terms, and he’s either a down to earth and honest lad, or else he can have a very successful career in politics after his footballing days are over.
And of course we know he’s a very honest lad. 😀
But Mike will have his work cut out for him on Saturday, against the fast and tricky in-form Shane Long, who will be starting up front for West Brom, after scoring two great goals for them on Monday night in their 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa.
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