Michael Richardson

Name: Michael Richardson
Nationality: English
Born: 17th March, 1992
Previous clubs:
Walker Central, Leyton Orient (loan), Gillingham (loan)
Signed: July 2010 from Walker Central
Newcastle United debut:

In the space of little over six months, midfielder Michael went from working as an electrician to being part of his boyhood club Newcastle United's Barclays Premier League squad.

Signed from non-league Walker Central in the summer of 2010 following a successful trial on the recommendation of scout Brian Clark, Richardson gave up his job as an electrician at Newcastle City Council to join The Magpies. He wasted no time in impressing for the under-18s and Reserves, and was hailed as an "inspiration" to youngsters who come into professional football late by Peter Beardsley.

In January 2011, the flame-haired midfielder warmed up with the first-team squad ahead of the 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur - a sign of how close he was to the senior reckoning - and a month later, he was on the bench away to Fulham and the following game, the remarkable 4-4 draw at home to Arsenal. Although he has yet to make his bow, it surely won't be long before the ex-Kenton School pupil brings some 'spark' to the Magpies midfield.

Spent the early part of 2011/12 on loan with Leyton Orient - scoring a first senior goal in the process - before joining Gillingham on loan in February 2013.