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Programme teaser | Williamson with a foot in both camps

Mike Williamson remains in touch with both the Wolves and Newcastle United camps and shares his memories of time at both clubs in Saturday’s matchday programme.

The defender joins the likes of Jonny, Romain Saiss, Rob Edwards and Alan Pardew as a main interviewee in the matchday programme, which is available for £3.50 from around Molineux and online.

A Europa League player at St James’ Park and a member of the early Fosun years at Molineux, snippets of Williamson’s interview is below, with the full edition available in Saturday’s programme.

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You represented Wolves and Newcastle United in the recent past, do you remain in contact with both groups?

Yeah, I’ve still got friends in both camps and it’ll be a good game today. I used to live with Conor Coady when I was at Wolves. He used to get frustrated in central midfield when I was there and now look at him – he’s absolutely flying. I love watching him play, he’s taken to playing in a three very well with his distribution. He’s a great lad and I’m really pleased for him. I’ve still got some friends at Newcastle too, most have moved on, but I speak to Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett and Jamaal Lascelles occasionally, and have a good catch up, and a lot of the staff too.

During your time at Wolves, you experienced the start of the Fosun era, could you always sense the ambition?

Definitely. In the Championship is was a sleeping giant. You could tell the fan base and club were geared for the Premier League, and that was one of my reasons for going there, because it was a fantastic club. You could feel the passion when I played there, how the fans get behind them, and it definitely had the potential to get back into the Premier League.

In 2012, you were part of the Newcastle group which finished fifth in the Premier League, how special was that time?

The season that we finished fifth was incredible to be a part of. When you look back and reflect, it was a massive overachievement. I had some amazing games in that season. Going there in the Championship, we won the league and the players there were incredible to be around, the likes of Kevin Nolan, Nicky Butt and Alan Smith. It was a phenomenal period and the Europa League was a fantastic journey.

Matchday programmes are available from around Molineux on a matchday and online here.

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