Mike Williamson (footballer)

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Mike Williamson
Mike Williamson v Ipswich.jpg
Williamson playing for Newcastle United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Michael James Williamson[1]
Date of birth (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 6
Youth career
1999–2001 Torquay United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Torquay United 5 (0)
2001–2005 Southampton 0 (0)
2003 Torquay United (loan) 11 (0)
2004 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 0 (0)
2004–2009 Wycombe Wanderers 144 (10)
2009 Watford 21 (2)
2009–2010 Portsmouth 0 (0)
2010– Newcastle United 123 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 03:02, 14 September 2014 (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.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

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.[4]

Watford[edit]

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.[5] 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. [6]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 1 September 2009, Watford accepted a £2 million offer potentially rising to £3 million from Premier League team Portsmouth.[7] 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.[citation needed]

Newcastle United[edit]

On 27 January 2010, Newcastle United completed a deal for Williamson for an undisclosed fee.[8] He made his debut on 27 January 2010 at St James' Park in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace,[9] 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.[10] On 3 December 2010, Williamson signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract extension with the club, which runs to 2016.[11] 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.[12]

On 30 August 2014, Williamson scored his first goal for the club in a 3–3 home league draw against Crystal Palace, tapping the ball in after teammate Rolando Aarons struck the post.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 September 2014[14]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Torquay United 2001–02 Third Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Southampton 2002–03 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Torquay United (loan) 2003–04 Third Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 12 0
Total 16 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
Wycombe Wanderers 2004–05 League Two 37 2 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 41 2
2005–06 League Two 40 5 0 0 2 0 4[a] 0 46 5
2006–07 League Two 33 0 2 0 7 1 1[a] 0 43 1
2007–08 League Two 12 0 0 0 0 0 2[b] 0 14 0
2008–09 League Two 22 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 3
Total 144 10 5 0 9 1 9 0 167 11
Watford 2008–09 Championship 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
2009–10 Championship 4 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 2
Total 21 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 23 3
Portsmouth 2009–10 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Newcastle United 2009–10 Championship 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2010–11 Premier League 29 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 32 0
2011–12 Premier League 22 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
2012–13 Premier League 19 0 1 0 1 0 7[c] 0 28 0
2013–14 Premier League 33 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 35 0
2014–15 Premier League 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 123 1 4 0 6 0 7 0 140 1
Career total 304 13 9 0 17 2 18 0 348 15
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearance(s) in the Football League Trophy.
  2. ^ Appearances in the League Two promotion play-offs.
  3. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.

Honours[edit]

Newcastle United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 665. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Saints seal Williamson deal". BBC Sport. 24 November 2001. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Player profiles:Mike Williamson". Wycombe Wanderers F.C. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Watford sign defender Williamson". BBC Sport. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Former Wycombe Wanderers and Southampton defender Mike Williamson asks to leave following Portsmouth approach". Watford Observer. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Williamson seals Pompey transfer". BBC Sport. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Portsmouth defender Williamson seals Newcastle switch". BBC Sport. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Newcastle 2–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Breaking News: Williamson Transfer Finalised". Newcastle United F.C. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Williamson Agrees Long-Term Deal". Newcastle United F.C. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Mike Williamson suffers fresh injury problems". Evening Chronicle (Newcastle upon Tyne). 10 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Taylor, Louise (30 August 2014). "Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scores last-gasp equaliser at Newcastle". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mike Williamson". Soccerbase. 

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