Former sparky swaps electrics for bright lights of Premier League

A year ago he was rewiring properties and working as an electrician, now he is playing with the likes of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton and pulling on the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle.

That’s the story of Michael Richardson. The 19 year old was working as a sparky right up until July 2010, before he was spotted by football scouts and the midfielder is now on the fringes of the Newcastle first team.

Michael left school at 16 and was working as an apprentice electrician for Newcastle City Council rewiring houses and fixing faulty electrics in council homes, whilst playing for his local team, Walker Central, who are ten leagues below the Premiership.

After scouts got him a trial with Newcastle United, Michael has progressed enough to be named in the senior squad by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

The former electrician is yet to make a senior appearance for Newcastle, but was on the bench for the thrilling 4-4 draw with Arsenal last month, and the defeat to Everton at the start of March.

Michael told the BBC: “I never thought I would get this far in six months, but I was just going out and enjoying my football, playing well, playing hard and seeing what happens.”

Michael Jeffels, his former boss at non-league Walker Central, says his former player has a bright future:

“He has the vision of a Paul Scholes and the engine of a Steven Gerrard. I think he is one of the young lads who could possibly go all the way.”

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Posted on March 30, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, electrician, electrician courses, electrician jobs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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