Newcastle’s Unlikely Lad – I’ve Always Had Belief In Myself

Things didn’t look  too  good for Mike Williamson when the lads reported back for pre-season training last July, and with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa having been signed in January from Montpellier, Mike was the 4th choice at center-back behind Colo and Steven Taylor, as well as the Frenchman.

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Mike Williamson – in action at Old Trafford

But Mike waited patiently and worked hard in training, and he was given his big chance in the second half at Everton, when we were already 3-0 down, and Mike helped steady the ship at the back in that second half.

And since then Mike has been simply superb for Newcastle, and playing the best football in his career at 30 years old.

Williamson has talked in the local press today, and as far as we know it was all free:

“The manager on the first day of pre season said there would be competition all over the team and if you don’t fancy it, say now.”

“But the lads who wanted to stay and fight for it did.” “It was always going to be tough but I’ve always got belief in myself.”

“I’ve been part of some fantastic results in past few years for Newcastle United and hopefully there are more to come.”

Since that Everton game, when we pulled two goals back in the second half, Newcastle have played nine league games, and garnered a very good 19 points and kept three clean sheets.

And Mike’s record is now that he’s been in the side when we’ve had 23 of the 33 clean sheets since Newcastle came back into the Premier League in May of 2010 – that’s some record right there.

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7 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Dec 12, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to see AP knows where to draw the line. You want people who want to work with you, not against you.
    Fair play.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Firebug, Repost
    The Cabaye interview was done on international duty.Newcastle will not be able to restrict press interviews there as it will be under the international federations jurisdiction.

    By Premier League rules I’m sure we have to meet certain requirements in terms of interviews with managers and players, not sure what limits this will place on NUFC.

    I also highly doubt it will stop any negative publicity, or inside stories and rumours. Let’s face it how often is an inside source quoted. They probably already shouldn’t be talking to media so will this media package prevent this??

    In terms of positive publicity regarding performances, again, I doubt it has any impact. The local rags have still praised the recent performances and victories, despite their bans.

    In my opinion, it will just increase scrutiny of any actions taken by the club which can’t immediately be put in a positive light. The club are effectively putting a media target on their back.

  • Jamiemac

    Dec 12, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Ciaran // Dec 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    “The fact that Pards is the 2nd longest severing PL manager says more about MA’s lack of ambition than it does about Pards’ ability.

    Seriously, some people are thick beyond belief.”


    This is such a non-point. Ridiculous thing to come out with, just no need to insult half of the people on here Ed included because of your own opinion.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 12, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4


    I know what Ciaran means even if he could have put it better. Calling people thick isn’t usually a vote winner

    We’re riding the crest of a wave at the moment (Swansea apart) and whatever my personal thoughts about Pardew in the past have been I am reserving judgement and praying this run can keep going and not implode.

    I do actually acknowledge we are playing better football and whether that’s down to Pardew himself or Pardew listening to fans and players, either way it’s all good.

    I have no time for someone who will never change ie Allardyce and Pulis who represent anti-football even when having better technical players at their disposal.

    But maybe Pardew is finally grasping that to get the best out of these type of players and be where we should rightly be in the table, given the quality of the squad then it was a case of change or die (not literally!)

  • alienhunter

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve been thinking a bit more about this press thing. I’ve got a feeling that it will also stop untrue stories or quotes attributed the anonymous ‘club insider’ etc. – basically what journalists use to try and give a made up story some credit.

    I think by charging access rights, those that try and quote anything to do with the club will now be breaching legal agreements, irrelevant if named or not… V clever move to ensure only facts are reported.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    lol alienhunter

    “facts” ??? mmmm NUFCspeak the proleteriat will hear and believe Ashley he is the “only” voice of truth.

  • Sav

    Dec 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Mashley isn’t making Pardew’s job any easier with this media ban. He loves to play the pantomime villain; the man they love to hate. Perhaps even the long-suffering Geordie fan will get a little more respect out of it.


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