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.
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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