We are delighted to announce that Mike Williamson, Ex NUFC player has joined Newcastle Elite Academy taking the role as a director alongside Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle.

Born in Greenwich, South London, he joined Charlton’s academy from non-league side Erith Town at the age of 17 before being loaned to Bishop’s Stortford and Notts County during the 2004/05 campaign.

He enjoyed a breakthrough season the following year – playing a key role on loan at Accrington Stanley as the club secured promotion to the Football League.

Back at Charlton following a second spell at Stanley, he finally made his league debut for the Addicks in April 2008 and a first league start followed four months later. Becoming first choice ‘keeper during the 2008/09 season, Rob’s career went from strength to strength and he was signed by United in August 2011.

After stepping in to cover injuries during the 2015/16 season, he performed magnificently and was cruelly denied a place at Euro 2016 following a serious knee injury while playing a warm-up match for Ireland in Dublin.

Rob Elliot
Director

Newcastle United Goalkeeper

A former Kenton School pupil, Paul made his debut for the Magpies’ reserve side in January 2009.

After spending pre-season with the first team in summer 2011, spells out on loan followed – firstly at local neighbours Gateshead in March 2012, then at Scottish side St Mirren in September 2012.

After a brief return to Tyneside, during which he made his competitive debut for the Magpies in an FA Cup defeat at Brighton, Paul rejoined St Mirren and lifted the Scottish League Cup.

He scored his first goal for Newcastle United goal in a 2-2 home draw with Liverpool in October 2013 and at the end of that 2013/14 season, he made his international debut for Wales as a substitute against Holland in Amsterdam; qualifying through his father.

Paul captained United for the first time during the Magpies’ 4-1 win over Reading in August 2016 and he has since made the left-back spot his own with a number of committed, no-nonsense displays.

Paul Dummett
Director

Newcastle United Defender

The Hampshire-born player joined the academy at local side Portsmouth aged 13 and after breaking into the first team set-up, he was loaned to Dagenham and Redbridge, where he made his Football League debut in 2008.

Following further loan spells, he made a permanent switch to Swindon in January 2011. Despite picking up the club’s Player of the Year award, the Robins were relegated to League Two but Matt’s outstanding form helped the club to bounce straight back with the title – earning him the League Two Player of the Year for 2011/12.

After a positive start to the 2012/13 campaign, Matt was snapped up by AFC Bournemouth in January and he was again named his division’s Player of the Year – this time in League One.
Achieving incredible back-to-back promotions with the Cherries, he was a Premier League player by 2015/16 and he stood out in both matches against the Magpies – scoring at St. James’ Park.

He would prove his worth in a promotion-chasing campaign once again after joining Newcastle, playing a starring role as Rafa Benítez’s side won the Championship in 2017. Matt represents Scotland at international level, qualifying through his father, Alex.

Matt Ritchie
Director

Newcastle United Winger

Dwight began his youth career with Arsenal but after being released as a teenager, he took the route less travelled and has admirably worked his way up from non-league.

His journey to the top has seen him enjoy spells at Stansted and Dagenham and Redbridge, before prolific loan spells at Bishop’s Stortford and Peterborough United saw him earn a move to the Posh on a permanent deal in January 2013. Dwight would spend just six months at London Road before the Premier League inevitably beckoned.

He joined Crystal Palace in the summer of 2013 and continued his fine form, finishing as the club’s top scorer in each of his three seasons at Selhurst Park.

Moving to St. James’ Park, he was given the club’s famous number 9 shirt at the start of the 2016/17 season and true to form, he finished as the club’s top scorer – with the distinction of having the best minutes-per-goal ratio in the Championship.

Gayle scored six goals in all competitions during the 2017/18 season, laying on three assists for his teammates as Newcastle United finished tenth in the Premier League.

Dwight Gayle
Director

Newcastle United Striker