Shay Given, Goalkeeper Supreme, Impressed By Management


Shay Given this week celebrates ten years at the club. He moved from Blackburn Rovers to Newcastle for fee of £1.5M in July, 1997 – in one of the best deals the club has ever made. He was brought in by then manager Kenny Dalglish – who was with Shay at Blackburn.

Before joining Newcastle Shay had also played for Sunderland and Swindin Town – both on loan. He was on Celtic’s books back in 1994 but never played for their first team.

Shay (full name – Séamus John James Given) admits there is real excitement at the club as the team gets ready for their second pre-season friendly at Carlisle on Saturday. Shay talked to Newcastle World TV – so let’s take a look at what he said.

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Shay Given

The 31-year-old Irishman told Newcastle World TV today:

“It’s all new and there is a real buzz about the place.

“We’ve bought four good players already this summer and I’m sure there’s more to come – although I don’t think they’re looking for a goalkeeper!”

Given has been one of Newcastle’s very best players over the last several years and has managed to reduce his error rate to minuscule proportions – and is very dependable in the Newcastle goal. It’s players like Shay Given who are the cream of the crop in football. He is an excellent role model for the kids and is a gentleman both on and off the field.

Shay seems very impressed, along with the rest of the players, by the new management at the club.

Shay added:

“I have been very impressed by the manager.

He is very thorough and goes through every single player on what he needs to work on.”

“On a personal level I’m feeling good and, like I’ve said before, I’m confident that last season’s injury problems are now behind me.”

Shay had one of his worst seasons last year in terms of injuries – starting with that terrible injury to his bowel. He now feels it has fully healed and looks forward to a good season in the Newcastle goal. Shay will again be a very important player for us next season. He is on the short list for captain – but his position as goalkeeper may rule him out for that role. Shay should at least continue his role as vice-captain for the team.

Shay has been a great servant at the club – and wouldn’t it just be great if Shay and Newcastle can win a trophy next year.



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13 comments so far

  • DC

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #1

    £1.5million nowadays is an absolute steal for a player of Givens calibre. Hes saved us so many points with a unstable defence in the past. The new era should stable the defence, especially this season and im sure it will. This could be the time we eventually win a trophy – And Shay is desperate for that! (But r’nt we all :D)

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  • Bev

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Did you read the Chronicle? says we have made a £7mil bid for a top class defender, at last some of ashleys money!!! wonder who it could be…

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  • Chris F

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #3

    was it written by alan oliver by any chance?

    the chronicle can be a right old rag at times (well, most of the time) as they will just blatantly make something up if there’s no other real news, just to shift units.

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  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Chris – I agree, Alan Oliver is a PeenArse

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  • Pete

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Given is so good because he gets a lot of practice during matches….

    If we shore up our defence too much he may get bored by not having to single handedly earning us a point.

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  • Stephen

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Given is a legend for me the only one who has ever performed to there potential.Also stayed loyal by signing a new contract even though he knew he had a crap defence in front of him.Newcastle players should take example of this fela as good as Shearer in my eyes.

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  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    I reckon Alan Oliver gets his stories from this Blog.

    Here’s one for you Alan:
    “Sam Allardyce cuts ties with Evening Chronicle for reporting BLATANT lies!”

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  • Kash

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Stephen – Is he more of a legend than the Budgie?

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  • t-g-w

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Could not agree more that Given is a great proffessional and a vital cog in the Newcastle team. However, I wonder if our defence may have been put right sooner had we not signed Given – it would have forced whoever was in charge to sign quality defenders. I know we can talk about “ifs” all day long, but just a thought…

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  • Geordiepower

    Jul 20, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    It just a shame its took us 10 years to assemble a defence to take the pressure of the LEGEND that is Shay Given.
    He will be more of a miss than Big Al when he hangs up his gloves.

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  • Obafan

    Jul 20, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Fantstic goalkeeper who (and today it’s hard to find such players; they play just for the money) plays and loves the club he’s playing for. Every time he plays he gets a few fantastic saves.

    Well done Shay and thanks for being such a great keeper for our team. Good luck next season; hopefully your injury time is ended now.

    Would also like to add that our 2nd keeper, Steve Harper, is also a great club player.

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  • Rich

    Jul 20, 2007 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Given is one of my Heros, i hope when he reitres (in a very long time) we put a statue of him outside St James’ along side Alan & Jackie.

    he is one of the last few players who have loyalty, and actually care about the club they play for and not just the money that comes with it.

    amazing person, amazing player, legend.

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  • John

    Jul 21, 2007 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #13

    You know what…we often talk about guys like Buffon, Khan, Cech. But. Without a doubt, possibly the best of an English generation of goalkeepers is Shay Given.

    He encompasses everything that the modern goalkeeper should have, great command of his defense, great ability to cut off angles, to dedicate himself off the line, and a fantastic ambassador with many years of staying power ahead of him.

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