The official Newcastle United site is reporting today that Shay Given will soon enter the top four of the Newcastle United all-time appearance list.
Shay Given – a great servant for Newcastle United Football Club
Shay is just one appearance behind former Irish left back Alf McMichael, who we remember watching in the 1950s. Ald unfortunately passed away in 2006. Dick Keith and McMichael were the two fullbacks in those days â€“ as fans long in the tooth will remember with Ronnie Simpson behind them in goal. Remember Dick Keith’s sliding tackles?
The very popular Given now has 430 appearances for the club, since signing from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1997. Kenny Dalglish, former manager at Blackburn signed him for Â£1.5M (what a buy!), and Shay is now just 66 appearances short of fellow goalkeeper Jimmy Lawrence’s Newcastle overall record of 496 total appearances. We think Shay has a good chance of going way over 600 appearances for the the club, if he can just keep fit.
In fact two appearances for Shay in our next two games would see him move into fourth place and level with Bill McCracken.
Here’s the top ten in overall appearances for the Newcastle United club:
Player Years Played Appearances 1 - Jimmy Lawrence 1904-22 496 2 - Frank Hudspeth 1910-29 472 3 - Frank Clark 1962-75 457 4 - Bill McCracken 1904-23 432 5 - Alf McMichael 1949-63 431 6 - Shay Given 1997-now 430 7 - David Craig 1962-78 412 8 - Bobby Mitchell 1949-61 408 9 - Alan Shearer 1996-2006 404 10 - Jackie Milburn 1946-57 397
Doubtless to say, we are very happy to have Shay Given at the club. As well as doing great things for the club Shay does a lot of charity work in the area, with his wife Jane.
Just an overall great lad to have at Newcastle United.