Shay Given – We Want To Get This Place Going

Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper for Newcastle United, Shay Given,  since he joined back in 1997, has today talked to the Evening Chronicle.


Shay Given – ready to fight for his place next season

And Given has let everybody know the only thing that interests him in football is playing in goal for Newcastle United, since he’s long been settled on Tyneside with his family.

Given and his long term deputy Steve Harper are ready to go head to head for the Newcastle goalkeeper jersey the coming season, and it’s going to be some battle.

We have a poll active on who readers think will be our number 1 next season, so if you haven’t yet voted, feel free to do so.

Given joined in 1997 from Blackburn, and we remember being at St. James’ Park for his Newcastle debut when we beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 with a couple of goals from Faustino Asprilla, with Alan Shearer having been injured in pre-season.

Shay talked to the Evening Chronicle today about his link with Arsenal during the summer:

“I don’t know where the story came from.”“I’ve said all along that I’m extremely happy living and playing here in Newcastle.”

“I want to help to move this club forward and hopefully we’ll get new players in and strengthen the squad.”

“We want to get this place going.”

Given has been in injury agony over the last two seasons, after previously having hardly missed a game for the club.

That was after his horrific injury sustained after a challenge from West Ham striker Marlon Harewood at Upton Park in September of 2006.

The injury caused Given to suffer a 1cm tear in his bowel, with doctors indicating they had only seen that type of injury with car-crash victims.

Given had his groin fixed by none other than Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, on March 18th, and she also operated, with great success, on Michael Owen and Alan Shearer’s hernia problems.

And after getting fit for most of this summer Shay said:

“I’m just raring to go and ready to play football again.”  “It’s been a long close season and it was a long end to the season as well.”

“I was working on fitness towards the end of last season and continued that throughout the summer.” “I feel as fit and strong as I have ever felt.” “I’ve done a lot of rehabilitation with the physios and been in the gym.”

“Now I’m just ready to get back out on the field.” “I only had a bit of a break, but even when I was away I was doing my work and training.”

“I’d had a break after I had an operation, so my aim was always to get fit for the start of pre-season, not the end. As I say, I feel as fit as ever, so it has paid off.”

It will be a monumental battle between Steve and Shay this coming season, and it just seems such a pity that one of them will not be playing, since they’re easily Premier League class keepers.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • dingo

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    my moneys on Steve. oooh wall cherry!! :p

  • Kash2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Shay’s class but Harper deserves to retain his place!

  • toonfan1

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    how do you all see the top 10 next season?

    i see

    1. Manchester United
    2. Chelsea
    3. Arsenal
    4. Spurs
    5. Liverpool
    6. Portsmouth
    8. Newcastle
    9. Aston Villa (thanks dirk- forgot about them)
    10. Manchester City

  • Dirk

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #4

    what about aston villa?

  • domtoon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #5

    A bit off topic but I think Newcastle will come 9th or 10th, if we’re lucky.

    We’re spoilt for choice for keepers – always a good thing 😀

  • George

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    My reasons for wanting to keep Steve Harper as no 1 goalkeeper vary from most. Apart from the fact that i think he deserves the chance because of his performances last year, but he is a model pro.
    He gets on with the job and he is honest.
    My reasons for not letting Given be the first choice is for the following. His attitude.
    Given has allowed his status to go to his head. He when visiting the local Tescos with his wife, think it is clever to park in disabled bays.
    He can not deny this as his reg number is a sure fire giveaway. Who is disabled in your household?
    In other words he is saying dont you know who i am.
    Your attitude stinks Shay, you do not deserve the No 1 jersey

  • WesToon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Agree with you there Kash2, Harper all the way!! He deserves nothing less,What an awesome servant he has been for this club!!! Steve u r a legend in my eyes mate!!

  • reillers

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Mate that’s more then a wee bit of a bullshite story. Shay’s one of the most dead on people you’ll meet. He is very modest and has a great attitude. He’s never once let his status get to his head, like that’s complete bull. I know the lad he’s not like that at all, you couldn’t be completely further from the mark if you tried. He’s a complete sound out gent. He’s a complete pro.
    If he did which I doubt he did park there, not everyone are stalkers like yourself. Normal people park there too. Are they saying don’t you know who I am. For Christ sake.

    The better keeper will play not on last seasons for or 5 seasons ago for, the best keeper come the time, from the summer training will play.

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    lol Geotge, he did have a bad injury which he maybe thought made him disabled 🙂 I too hate people who do such things tbh.

    I do think he is a true pro though, squashing links with Gooners staight away even though he could easily be their number 1 and get some silverware.

    It’s 50-50 for me between the 2 players, Shay is one of the best shot stoppers but Harper commands the defence a little better imo.

  • MichaelA

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10


    I hear Butt will be sold due to ‘toilet seat up’ indiscretion.

    Those arrogant bastards.

  • steve

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    I can’t see Spurs getting 3rd or 4th – Keane is doing a Barry and insisting on a move, Berbatov is likely to join Man Utd and they’ll have a load of unproven (at least in premiership) players to bed in.

    Shays class and it’s great to have two good goalkeepers fighting for jersey – hopefully we can get players in to fight for other positions

  • dingo

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Unfortunately my prediction is as follows…. based on the current squad, I can’t see us breaking the top 10 this season ;[

    1. Chelsea
    2. Manchester United
    3. Arsenal
    4. Spurs
    5. Liverpool
    6. Everton
    8. Aston Villa
    9. Manchester City
    10. West Ham

  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    now if Smudger or Babayaro, or Emre had parked there……….they wouldn’t be breakin’ any law that’s for sure.

  • ToonKing

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #14

    and to be perfectly honest…i love disabled parking spots, you can’t go wrong with them….always free……first come first served i say…..

    and whats up with disabled parking spaces anyways….if the mother**cker can drive…he can get a parking space………..hehe what a George Carlin-esque comment i just came up with…

  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jul 11, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    we have had an offer accepted for danny guthrie from bbc sport breaking gossip. will be a good solid young signing that can do a job in our squad.

  • domtoon

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Again, off topic, but what is all this about Spurs breaking into the top 4? It’s not going to happen.

    I predict the same thing will happen as did last year. They will spend umpteen millions on average players who will underperform causing them to drop points.

    I am also fully confident we will move back into the top 10. I’d be ecstatic with a 9th place finish. That would show we’re moving in the right direction and be a huge step forwards from where we are now.

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #17

    😀 @ MichaelA

  • reillers

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #18

    I still think that parking space story’s complete bull, a cock and bull story from an anti Shay-Harper for England fan. Like cause he’s an absolute gent. Something you’d know that by spending more then 5 seconds with him. It’s the first and only time I’ve heard that story, and who the hell knows his reg off by heart like.

    I hope he’s over the injury now, I honestly think he is this time, I didn’t the last few times, I think he came back from the original “car crash” injury much to quickly, and then he’d groin after groin problems but nothing was done about it, when it should have been but now it has been.

    He’s going to be like a dog on a lead, raring to go next season, you can tell he really wants it.

  • Kris

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Guthrie next one in !!!!
    idont believe it could just be more trollop

  • reillers

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #20

    @ Michael, yes because clearly he did it saying don’t you know who I am and don’t even start me on Owen he finished the toilet roll and didn’t replace Sunderland he most go.
    FFS like.

  • Ross G

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #21


  • Fernando

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #22

    @dumbtoon. spurs have signed average players? Dos santos, Gomes, Bostock and Modric. Yet you think you will break the top 10 with jonas? Imbicile

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Would appretiate it if you have to post here that you do not verbally attack any Toon suporter ty Fernando.

  • geordie jock

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Come on girls get a life. Who the hell wants a discussion on parking bays when this is supposed to be FOOTBALL site. When are we going to get some descent signings as our squad is way too small. It seems to me we are going to be using kids in the first team as that’s all we have bought.

  • Davies

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Completely off the topic, but Digard said that it was Gareth Southgate that convinced him to sign for Boro.

    Whenever I hear Gareth Southgate’s name, I can only think of one thing.

    What about the rest of you?

    Do you know what I’m thinking about?

  • Fernando

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #26

    @obafan2 get over yourself. Do you see me crying when i get attacked on here. No. I keep coming back for more so please dont post as though you own the site.

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Ah Davies you reminded me, yesterday… joke of the day and unfortunately the blog was down at the time but Southgate had said something like “I can get Boro into CL” lol

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Fernando, i don’t have to get over anything tbh, this is a NUFC blog……. end of.

  • Davies

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Yes, but what does hearing his name remind you of?

  • Davies

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Come on, even wor lass knew what I was talking about.

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Yes Davies.. we get it 🙂

  • Davies

    Jul 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Good, it’s not just me then.

    Hello again Fernando.

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #33

    I don’t see anyone braeking into the top 4 my top 10

    1 Man U
    2 Chelsea
    3 Liverpool
    4 Arsenal
    5 Everton
    6 Portsmouth
    7 Man City
    8 Aston Villa
    9 Spurs
    10 Newcastle U

  • Leo

    Jul 11, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #34

    well if he was parked in a disabled bay might it have been because of his disability- due to injury sportsmen and women when they get a sports related injury can be given a blue disk card that allows them to also use the disabled bays.

    i mean come on tescos have too many disable bays which are barely ever in use

  • Sav

    Jul 12, 2008 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #35

    He should be parking at SuperSavers!

    Shay and Steve Harper are two of the best goalies in the prem and best pros at NUFC. Great to have the two of them in competition for us this season and I hope Shay’s injury problems are over.

    George, maybe you should go to Specsavers?

  • clinta

    Jul 12, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #36

    don’t get me wrong i love the guy, but shay comes out with these statements every closed season, and we end up doing nothing for the season ahead!

    hope he hasn’t jinx us ey?! but atleast he’s still silly enough to play for our beloved black and white- think of what ghe could of won being elsewhere,

    thanks shay, for sticking with us i’m truly grateful.


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