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 34)[1]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Oxford United
Youth career
0000–2001 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)
2004–2005 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 37 (2)
2005–2009 Wycombe Wanderers 107 (9)
2009 Watford 21 (2)
2009–2010 Portsmouth 0 (0)
2010–2016 Newcastle United 150 (1)
2015 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 5 (0)
2016–2017 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 (0)
2017– Oxford United 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:25, 2 September 2017 (UTC).

Michael James Williamson (born 8 November 1983) is an English professional footballer who plays for Oxford United. He is a defender and specialises as a centre-back.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,[1] Williamson played six first team games for Torquay United before joining Southampton in November 2001 for an initial fee believed to be in the region of £100,000.[2] 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 11 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.[3]

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 from 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 1 September 2009, Watford accepted a £2 million offer, potentially rising to £3 million, from Premier League team Portsmouth.[6]

Newcastle United[edit]

Williamson playing for Newcastle United in 2010

On 27 January 2010, Newcastle United completed a deal for Williamson for an undisclosed fee.[7] He made his debut on 27 January 2010 at St James' Park in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace,[8] 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.[9] On 3 December 2010, Williamson signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract extension with the club, which ran until 2016.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

On 3 May 2015, Williamson was sent off picking up a second yellow after a late challenge on Jamie Vardy, as Newcastle lost 3–0 to Leicester City, their eighth defeat in a row. After the match, Newcastle manager John Carver accused Williamson of deliberately getting himself sent off, which Williamson strongly denied.[13][14]

Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)[edit]

Having not featured in the league under new coach Steve McClaren, Williamson was loaned to Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 October 2015 for one month to cover for the injured Kortney Hause.[15] His debut came two days later in Wolves' next game, a 2–0 win away to rivals Birmingham City in which Williamson received the man of the match award.[16][17] After making three appearances, over the course of which the club conceded just one goal and picked up four points, his loan was initially extended until January,[18] but he was recalled after five appearances in total because of injuries at his parent club.[19] However, Williamson immediately picked up an injury of his own which subsequently kept him out for the rest of 2015–16 season.[20]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

Despite his injury, on 29 January 2016, Williamson put pen to paper on an 18-month deal with Wolves after impressing during his earlier loan spell at the Midlands club, for a reported fee of £250,000. Williamson said upon signing for Wolves: "I loved my time here so that’s why I’m here now. It’s great to be back."[21][22] However, persistent injury problems prevented him from making a single appearance that year and he was not assigned a squad number at the start of the 2016–17 season. He eventually made a return to football on 7 January 2017, making his first senior appearance for Wolves since signing permanently, in a 2–0 FA Cup away win against Stoke.[23] Two months later he made his first league appearance, in a 2–1 defeat to Reading in which he was sent off for two yellow-card offences.[24] His final appearance for the club came in a 3–1 defeat to Derby County at Pride Park on 29 April 2017.

After having made just six appearances across all competitions since signing permanently for the club, in spite of his expressed desire to stay, it was announced on 19 May 2017 that Williamson would be released by Wolves upon the expiry of his contract.[25][26]

Oxford United[edit]

On 26 July 2017, Williamson signed for Oxford United of League One, on a one-year deal.[27][28] He made his debut against Oldham Athletic in the opening match of the 2017–18 season, which ended in a 2–0 away victory for Oxford.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 September 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Torquay United 2001–02[30] Third Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 6 0
Southampton 2001–02[30] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002–03[31] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003–04[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004–05[33] Premier League 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Torquay United (loan) 2003–04[32] Third Division 11 0 0 0 1[a] 0 12 0
Doncaster Rovers (loan) 2003–04[32] Third Division 0 0 0 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2004–05[33] League Two 37 2 2 0 0 0 2[a] 0 41 2
Wycombe Wanderers 2005–06[34] League Two 40 5 0 0 2 0 4[b] 0 46 5
2006–07[35] League Two 33 1 2 0 7 1 1[a] 0 43 2
2007–08[36] League Two 12 0 0 0 0 0 2[c] 0 14 0
2008–09[37] League Two 22 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 3
Total 144 11 5 0 9 1 9 0 167 12
Watford 2008–09[37] Championship 17 1 17 1
2009–10[38] Championship 4 1 2 1 6 2
Total 21 2 2 1 23 3
Portsmouth 2009–10[38] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Newcastle United 2009–10[38] Championship 16 0 16 0
2010–11[39] Premier League 29 0 1 0 2 0 32 0
2011–12[40] Premier League 22 0 2 0 1 0 25 0
2012–13[41] Premier League 19 0 1 0 1 0 7[d] 0 28 0
2013–14[42] Premier League 33 0 0 0 2 0 35 0
2014–15[43] Premier League 31 1 1 0 1 0 33 1
Total 150 1 5 0 7 0 7 0 169 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2015–16[44] Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2016–17[45] Championship 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
Oxford United 2017–18[46] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 346 14 11 0 18 2 18 0 393 16
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Three appearances in Football League Trophy, one in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in League Two play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Torquay United

Wycombe Wanderers

Newcastle United

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Saints seal Williamson deal". BBC Sport. 24 November 2001. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Player profiles:Mike Williamson". Wycombe Wanderers F.C. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Watford sign defender Williamson". BBC Sport. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Former Wycombe Wanderers and Southampton defender Mike Williamson asks to leave following Portsmouth approach". Watford Observer. 27 August 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Williamson seals Pompey transfer". BBC Sport. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Portsmouth defender Williamson seals Newcastle switch". BBC Sport. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Newcastle 2–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Breaking News: Williamson Transfer Finalised". Newcastle United F.C. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Williamson Agrees Long-Term Deal". Newcastle United F.C. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Mike Williamson suffers fresh injury problems". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne. 10 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Taylor, Louise (30 August 2014). "Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha scores last-gasp equaliser at Newcastle". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mike Williamson: Newcastle player says red card not deliberate". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Williamson: Red card not deliberate". Daily Mail. Press association. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Mike Williamson: Wolves sign Newcastle United defender on loan". BBC Sport. 29 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Birmingham City 0–2 Wolves". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Birmingham 0–2 Wolves: Wolves dismiss Blues in derby win". Sky Sports. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  18. ^ "Newcastle defender Mike Williamson extends Wolves loan". ESPN FC. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "Newcastle recall Mike Williamson from Wolves loan spell". BBC Sport. 1 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "Mike Williamson opens up on Wolves injury nightmare". Express And Star. 3 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "Mike Williamson Signs For Wolves". BBC Sport. 29 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Mike Williamson signs for Wolves in £250,000 deal - then reveals his frustration". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  23. ^ "FA Cup: Stoke City 0–2 Wolverhampton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 7 January 2017. 
  24. ^ "Reading 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  25. ^ "Mike Williamson wants to stay at Wolves". Express and Star. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  26. ^ "Wolves: Jack Price & George Saville staying, Mike Williamson released". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  27. ^ "Mike Williamson Joins Oxford United". Oxford United F.C. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  28. ^ Pritchard, David (26 July 2017). "Mike Williamson so hungry to succeed after signing Oxford United contract". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  29. ^ "Oldham Athletic 0 Oxford United 2". Oxford United F.C. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  32. ^ a b c "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  38. ^ a b c "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  41. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
    Magowan, Alistair (30 August 2012). "Newcastle 1–0 Atromitos". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  42. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  43. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  44. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  45. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  46. ^ "Games played by Mike Williamson in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 

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