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Local Lad Michael Richardson Can Become Toon Star

Michael Richardson, the 18-year-old red head, who was working for Newcastle City Council until last summer, joined the Newcastle club from Walker Central, and  has made amazing progress in a short six months at the club.

Michael Richardson – 18 year old star in the making?

Richardson had a trial at the club in the summer, and the red-head joined the club in late August.

When he played for the Reserves against Blackpool back in October, he came on in the second half down the left wing,  and inspired a remarkable 3-2 win.

That  included making the winner for Nile Ranger, and helping the lads score 3 goals in the last 20 minutes after being 2-0 down,  to win that game 3-2 at Bloomfield Road.

Peter Beardsley at the time was impressed with the lad as he said after that game:

“I think it’s brilliant for our club that we have a kid who’s a late developer.”

“And I think it gives encouragement to all the youngsters in the North East.”

“Your chance isn’t gone even if you’re 15, 16, 17. There’s still a chance for you.”

Newcastle-born Richardson, who went to Kenton School, has impressed both Alan Pardew as well as  Peter in recent months.

Pardew said today:

“He’s only been here 10 months, and he’s jumped ahead of a few players,”

“Fair play to him, he looks a really good prospect, but, of course, he shouldn’t be on the bench at a club this size at this time.”

“Hopefully, his time is in the next couple of years. We really like him.”

Reserve team coach Peter Beardsley has an important job to do at Newcastle, as he brings these young lads through via the second team, and he knows this lad has the right attitude, and loads of ability, as he said today:

“I have to be honest, I’ve got a soft spot for Michael,”“I think his attitude’s sensational, but the good thing is he’s got ability.

“It’s all right having the attitude, but you have to have the ability, and Michael has it.”

Maybe Michael can be sent out on loan next season at least through January, so he can get some first team games under his belt.

But it’s always great to see our young players coming through at the club, especially when they are  local lads too.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Phil K

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Classic example of a kid who HASN’T got the Nile Ranger lazy, mollycoddled mentality – he’s got a chance and grabbed it through hard work.
    You know – what Nile thinks are foreign words.
    Imagine how quickly Ranger could improve if he had this kid’s work-ethic instead of f*****g about rather than applying himself to his – VERY lucrative – job ?

  • baro

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2


  • baro

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Never mind about being 1st LOL! 22 minutes late….


  • baro

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Its good to see the youngsters keep developing and pushing on the first team door. Beardo is doing a excellent and amazing job with these youngsters! He has youngsters knocking on the 1st team door every time. But this Paul Scholes look a like guy has really had his life turned around completely in the last year. From a electrician to a Newcastle United about to become 1st team player…. That is really amazing to be honest. Hope these youngsters stay on their toes and keep developing. They are one of the most important part of this club and its future.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 19, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Ranger has to stop thinking he’s a gangster and start concentrating on his football. When he eventually retires at the young age of 30-33 then he can be the biggest gangster there is. For now just become a top class striker as we all know you can Nile!!

  • G

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s nice to see a local lad with potential. Even if he is something of a ginger.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #7

    “Fair play to him, he looks a really good prospect, but, of course, he shouldn’t be on the bench at a club this size at this time.”
    This is a stupid statement by Pardew.
    Why shouldn`t a young player with the right attitude and ability be on the bench at a club like this?
    Do we want to wait til they are seen by other clubs?
    ROONEY,OWEN,BECKS,SCHOLES,SHEARER etc etc all got in their first teams early,why not this lad?Do we really have to wait til they are all 22?

  • G

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Marty-Toon, I think those players you listed all had a long footballing education, unlike this kid. I am sure when he is ready he will get his chance.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Ginger bollocks!!! LOL I agree it’s great to see a local lad improving rapidly and to think he was a junior electrician 10 months ago! Hopefully it won’t be too long til we see him in the full squad on a match day.

  • G

    Feb 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #10

    On that picture too, he looks about the same age as somebody who has just popped down to the shops for a loaf of bread for his mum, who has also told him to be careful with the change.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 19, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #11

    He reminds me of the kid in the film Problem Child! LOL He looks like a menace with that devilish smile. Lets hope he’s a menace to the opposition when he plays for us in the future.

  • G

    Feb 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #12

    He reminds me of somebody in desparate need of some bulk, some hair-dye, and couple of sunbeds to be honest!

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 19, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #13

    What a cracking story, I’ve always had soft spots for local talent, or even non Geordies who we bring up, players like Taylor, Shola, Harper, Ranger and yes still the man who’s name shall not be mentioned ( AC )
    Nothing disppoints me’ more when fans have a go at our ‘Geordies’
    We have a fantastic pool of future talent and look forward to seeing them develop.
    But don’t believe we should be blooding youngsters just because the first team are struggling or safe !
    And Ed’ this lad has just joined us and is finding his feet, why loan him now. Give him a year at the club at least!

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 19, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #14

    please fellow toon fans please sign this petition to relocate the singing section
    cheerz! 😉

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 19, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Saw this kid in 2009 when I was up in the North East visiting family I went to watch Walker Central (I was born & bred in Walker) and he stood out a mile he must have been 16 but looked a real prospect. Best of luck to the kid hope he makes it.

  • tom tomb

    Feb 19, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #16

    One of the most amazing things is that he was turned down by Ashington, just weeks before he signed for the toon!!

    Good lad works very hard!

  • scottsellars...unsunghero

    Feb 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #17

    lets get him in first team once safe , simples


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