Mike Williamson (footballer)
Williamson playing for Newcastle United in 2010
|Full name||Michael James Williamson|
|Date of birth||8 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2003||→ Torquay United (loan)||11||(0)|
|2004||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:03, 28 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Michael James "Mike" Williamson (born 8 November 1983) is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Newcastle United as a defender. He signed for Newcastle from Portsmouth on 27 January 2010.
Mike Williamson, also nicknamed 'Willo' by his adoring Newcastle faithful is a powerful centre half that currently plays in the premier league for Newcastle United. According to the Opta barclay's premier league stats Mike Williamson averages a 8.5/10 a game, making him one of the most sought after players of all time, as he is considered one of the true greats in english football, boasting a record of quality bench sitting throughout most of his career to date. Current England manager, Roy Hodgeson has stated on many occasions that he would like to call up this rock at the back to the full national team but Williamson himself has also stated why he would not play for England. Williamson has been quoted on many occasions saying that he is waiting on a Brazilian citizenship so that he may finally realize his dream and play for the 5 time world champions that is Brazil.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Williamson signed for Southampton from Torquay United for a fee believed to be in the region of £100,000 in November 2001. He played six first team games for Torquay before joining Southampton. However, Williamson was unable to get into the first team at Southampton. He returned to Plainmoor on loan for two months in September 2003, where he made eleven further appearances. A further loan spell at Doncaster Rovers—then Third Division leaders—followed on transfer deadline day in March 2004, although he did not feature for the South Yorkshire club.
Wycombe Wanderers manager Tony Adams secured Williamson's services on a season long loan in July 2004, a move that was made permanent at the end of the 2004–05 season. Williamson made the number 6 shirt his own since the start of the 2005–06 season. In total, he made 144 league appearances for Wycombe, scoring 11 league goals during his time at the club.
After a few consistent seasons he signed for Watford on 26 January 2009 for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract. He handed in a transfer request on 27 August 2009, declaring himself unfit for the away game at Swansea City on the Saturday and not travelling with the squad. 
On 1 September 2009, Watford accepted a £2 million offer potentially rising to £3 million from Premier League team Portsmouth. He made no appearances for the club, as if he made any appearance for the club they would have to pay Watford more in transfer fees and due to Portsmouth's financial troubles they could not afford it.
On 27 January 2010, Newcastle United completed a deal for Williamson for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut on 27 January 2010 at St James' Park in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace, in which he played the full 90 minutes and won the Man of the Match award in the process. On 28 January it was revealed that he was initially signed on an emergency loan deal in order for him to play the previous day, with the deal then finalised and Williamson signing a three-and-a-half-year contract. On 3 December 2010, Williamson signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract extension with the club, which runs to 2016. For the remainder of the season, he formed a reliable partnership with Fabricio Coloccini in the absence of the injured Steven Taylor.
With Newcastle's return to the Premier League, Williamson continued to be Coloccini's first-choice partner and managed to keep Taylor on the bench until an injury ended his run in the starting eleven. He made his comeback against Sunderland in the second matchday of the 2011–12 season but was ruled out again with consecutive arm and ankle injuries.
- As of 28 February 2015
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Torquay United||2001–02||Third Division||5||0||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||6||0|
|Torquay United (loan)||2003–04||Third Division||11||0||0||0||0||0||1[a]||0||12||0|
|Wycombe Wanderers||2004–05||League Two||37||2||2||0||0||0||2[a]||0||41||2|
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- "Williamson Agrees Long-Term Deal". Newcastle United F.C. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
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- Taylor, Louise (30 August 2014). "Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scores last-gasp equaliser at Newcastle". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Mike Williamson". Soccerbase.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mike Williamson.|
- Mike Williamson profile at Newcastle United F.C.
- Mike Williamson career statistics at Soccerbase
- Mike Williamson profile at Soccerway