BiographyA familiar name to those on Tyneside, experienced centre-back Mike Williamson returned to the north east to sign for Gateshead in the summer of 2018, three years after leaving Premier League side and cross river neighbours Newcastle United.
The Stoke-born defender amassed over 130 top-flight appearances for the Magpies over a six year spell and was part of Alan Pardew's side who claimed a surprise fifth-place finish in 2011/12.
Prior to his spell at Newcastle, Williamson made just shy of 200 appearances for Football League sides Torquay United, Wycombe Wanderers and Watford. The 6ft 4in defender has earned three promotions as a player, most recently with United, as they claimed the 2009/10 Championship title.
Since leaving Newcastle with 170 appearances and two goals to his name, Williamson spent two seasons at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship before moving to League One side Oxford United last season, making 17 appearances in all competitions.
After leaving Oxford, Williamson joined up to train with the Heed in pre-season before being offered a contract at the club soon after. In January 2019, Williamson was named as an official player-coach as part of new Heed manager Ben Clark's coaching team.
The defender was named as the club's new player-manager in the summer of 2019, returning with Ian Watson as his assistant.