Given – Newcastle A Fantastic Club

Shay Given just can’t wait to get going again for Newcastle United, in the upcoming season, which will be his 12th at the club he joined from Blackburn Rovers in 1997.


Shay Given – starts his 12th season with Newcastle

Shay talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“We need to get it going. We’ve got the gaffer in charge now and hopefully we’ll sign a good few players as well.”

“That’s important because our squad is very small.”

“It’s my 12th season here and this is a fantastic club.”  “It’s a great place to play football.”

Given has experienced lots of European football in his career at Newcastle, and even some  Champions League football when the great Bobby Robson was manager of the club.

But last season was extremely disappointing with a very poor 12th-place finish, and Given spoke about Newcastle’s chances this coming campaign.

Given continued:

“We have to try to improve on last season and push up the league.”

“I don’t want to say we are going into Europe because it won’t happen overnight.”  “But a lot depends on how we start the season.”

“It’s a clean slate for everybody. Kevin has a pre-season to get everybody fit and he started looking at people at the end of last season.”

“He knows we need to strengthen as well so hopefully that will be the case.”

Keegan got off to a tough start in his second stint as manager, and third stint at the club he loves. But it still took 10 games to register the first win, but after that Newcastle went on a good 7 game unbeaten streak, during which they played some very good looking football.

We have to admit to having high hopes for this season, but it will be so important for the lads to get off to a good start, and if we do that then anything will be possible, as confidence builds in the squad.

There is still some significant transfer business to complete at the club too,before the end of August, and we would like to see another 5 top class players arriving on Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

70 comments so far

  • geordie4life

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #1

    First class legend wouldnt of blamed him if he left after all his good service, true newcastle great, should be captain in my opinion!!!!

  • Leo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #2

    hear is his rally call that comes every season, i think he knows we are on the cusp of signing some big names and he is trying to ‘big up’ the club

    well this maybe hopeful thinking

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Good to see Shay’s still up for it!..
    …Great enthusiasm from him…Also, like the way he, apparently, quashed the rumours of a move to arse so quickly…Yes, 2 top keepers at the Toon!..
    …He’s defo been here long enough to warrant the armband, but i personally always prefer an out-field player as captain!..


    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Shay given is a legend and the envy of so many big teams.Still 5 years easy left in him.

  • Davies

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Good lad Shay. Keep up the positive PR.

  • LoonyToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    great servant, top player, over the moon that he is staying….has kept us in many a game over the years…still has a great deal to offer this club

  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #7

    He is a brilliant goalie and even after he leaves/retires, he will always be an unofficial ambassador of the club (as is Solano) and always speak highly of NUFC (unlike that rat Luque) 😀


    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Class act all the way! on his day prob best shot stopper in the league how many points has he saved us over the years, lets hope we can assemble a strong back line in front of him or Harper so it aint such hard work for them! RB is sorted Beye, Taylor & faye ok but i thnk we need a top CB in there! shame we lost woodgate! Shorey or bridge for LB! no point getting someone in who aint as good as Enrique, it’s gotta be quality!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Future Freeman of the Toon!..
    …He’ll get to graze his sheep etc!.. 😀

  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    gr8 example of a quality football player aswell as human being!!! Always respectful,tactful and sincere,what a bloke,What a footballer,true Geordie hero!!!

  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Its a shame the game of football doesnt have two goalies in the team because we have the two most loyal goalies in Britain (if not the world)! 😀

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Shay Given’s a legend! He’s been so loyal to us!

  • ToonTimbo

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Yahya Ahmad,’you have basically just coppied wot i have said in my last two! 😉

  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry Guys,change of topic…ANY REAL NEWS on Arron Spear?? Where is the Lad??

  • daiv

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Fantastic fans, fantastic ground ,, fantastic manager. We just need some fantastic players to make us a fantastic team. I’ll leave MA alone for once.

  • Tommy

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #16

    If it wasn’t for Given and Shearer, I dread to think where we would be languishing right now..

    Sends shivers down the spine..

  • WesToon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Ciao everyone,have a gr8 evening,back early tomorrow morn!! Once again,thanx Ed for 1 hell of a website & congrats on 6mill hits!!! May there be many more!! HOWAY THE LADS!!!

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s been one of our key players every season for the past 10 years. Nevertheless, in my opinion, Shay Given did not perform anywhere near his best last season – If were to start where he left of last season, I would much rather see SH in the net!

  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Has anyone noticed that Alan Oliver no longer writes regularly for the Chronicle?

  • daiv

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #20

    When do we think MA will realize his publicly stated dream that NUFC will challenge for the league again and do we believe MA will be in charge when we win it? He’s cleared the club’s debt in one swoop. The league in two years?

  • geordieboy

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Very tongue in cheek Daiv!!!!!!

  • Fernando

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Daiv- I think the league in 2 years especially with the inspired signings of guthrie and jonas. I think once you are relegated this season the first division title is a real possibility the following year. Barring injuries and players being jailed off course.

  • daiv

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Maybe three years then? Perhaps we can buy some even more astute signings for half a mil rather than the dear currents ones at£1/2M. Some on this blog seem to think that the cheaper the player is, the better he is and the club is being really clever and shrewd. hartlepool for the league then on £15K transfers?

  • geordie4life

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #24

    id rather us bring in cheaper decent players than waste money on so called big superstars like we have in the past and got us nowhere, luque boumsong are 2 examples, we need good young players with passion that want to play for us and will give it there all, id rather a player like guthrie who is gonna give us 100% than some 30 year old ex world class player who just wants to pick up his 80 grand a week wages

  • daiv

    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #25

    …And the players have to take a massive pay cut (just to show them that MA really means business), pay for the club’s soap and cleanout the training ground’s bogs. That will instil discipline in them and show them where this club is going.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Aye, well done Ed, 6m hits & still goin’ strong…
    …Albeit with 1/2m from disillusioned spuds!.. 😀

  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Fernando – The last 2 times Spurs met Newcastle in the EPL, what was the score? Also, where did Spurs finish in EPL last season?

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Last 5x…

  • daiv

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Most clubs buy expensive rubbish. We excel at it. If you have the right manager the risk is greatly reduced. KK is the right manager but is being given no financial support. I would agree with you if we had Souness ar Allardyce in charge. The problem withthis club in the past has been that we appointed the wrong managers. IF Shepherd had appointed Mourinho 10 years ago BFS would be a virtual hero. Because one thing for sure, he supported the managers financially. (he also took over their role and bought rubbish himself and i’m glad he’s gone)

  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #30

    @Fernando: Also, what do you mean by this comment:
    “I think the league in 2 years especially with the inspired signings of guthrie and jonas.”

    It doesn’t make sense. I think you’re missing a verb in there. Don’t worry mate, Dyslexia is common nowadays!

  • Fernando

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #31

    i do believe you beat us the last 5 times and we finished 1 place above you.Cant remember the scores as one off games dont tend to stick in my head unless they are cup finals of course .

  • micepie

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Well, this is something new I think!?

    Newcastle United have offered a trial to Georgy Terziev with the Bulgarian defender already training with Kevin Keegan’s Tynesiders.

    The 16-year-old linked up with The Magpies on Monday after being granted permission by Nafteks to spend a week with the Premier League club.

    After already spending some time with Newcastle in April, the second stint confirms the North East club’s interest in the youngster.

    Dennis Wise and Tony Jimenez appear to be working hard behind the scenes to run the rule over some promising talent from the continent.

    Lens forward Kevin Monnet-Paquet has also crossed United’s radar, according to reports in France.

    The 19-year-old is not willing to play Ligue 2 football next season and, although Le Mans are in pole position to snap him up, Newcastle are also rumoured to be watching developments

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Monnet-Paquet has been dubbed the new Henry, the proper one, not all te other ‘new Henry’s’


    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Ha ha all of a sudden the spud has memory loss! i belive it was 4-1 at 3 point lane & 2-0 at SJP! berbatov & keane did nowt too i belive! look foward to taking another 6 off you this season & maybe knock you out of a cup kicking modric in the arse on the way! TOON!!!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Kevin money-packet…Excellent moniker!.. 😀
    …& he’s got somethin’ in common with KK!..

    …Btw, it was 3-1 at SJP, 4-1 at white flag/no hart lane!..

  • reillers

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #36

    12 years later and he’s still as enthusiastic as he was when he first came. You’d think by now the likes of our top class defenders like Bramble down the years, mixed with a dozy clumsy Harewood, a badly under preforming team, and being passed over for the armband God knows how many times would have knocked that out of him. But not wee Shay.

    He could have so easily left and walked on to any other team in the premiership and take the no.1 shirt. But he didn’t, I think him and Harper who’s been fantastic for us as well, should sit that idiot Ronaldo down and teach the so called best player in the world a thing or two about loyalty.

    I’ve got a good feeling about Given this season, I’m hearing good things from the camp, good things from him and look at him now, he’s like a wee lad on Christmas morning. You didn’t see that when Allardyce was here. He’s a very popular player in the club, what he feels tends to be the general feeling in the club. Which is always good.

    I wish we could have 2 keepers on the pitch, I wish the lads in front of them would pull themselves together because I’m sick to death of having to watch one of them play a complete blinder and only to concede a goal because of pathetic defending. Yet they still have the enthusiasm. We have, without a doubt the best 2 keepers in the premiership.

    As for Given I haven’t seen him like this for so long, you’d see him in interviews after the games and he’s frustrated because the lads in front of him just can’t or wont work. But now, now he’s raring to go, like a dog on a lead, fitter then he’s ever been. His hard pre, pre season training clearly did him a lot of good. I can’t wait to see the wee lad play again. It’ll be a hell of a battle for the no. 1 jersey. But you can tell he really, REALLY wants it. He deserves the captains armband a lot more then Owen, who wants more and more money, constant contract talks.

    According to our poll it’ll be Given who starts, but let the best keeper win. I can’t wait. It should be a good season..I hope.

  • Kash2

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #37

    “Cant remember the scores as one off games dont tend to stick in my head unless they are cup finals of course .”

    Again doesn’t make sense. How can playing us twice in a season count as one off games. We played you twice.

    Don’t they teach the 3 R’s in North London? Obviously NOT!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Aye, aren’t cup finals the ultimate in one-off games?..Strange!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

  • Spyro

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Skunk, dont get dragged down to his level, the guy is pitiful, even his fellow Spurs fans think so

  • salinger1

    Jul 14, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #40

    What’s wrong with you lot? Are you all BLIND? Or do you have your collective heads buried in the sand? The FACTS are obvious. We have a paper thin squad with NO genuine world class players (what do you think Given is ACTUALLY saying here). For God sake we can barely field a competent midfield 4. Oh sorry, James Milner is (yet again), going to become a world beater this season, is he? Get real man. We’ve got a chairman who has clearly miscalculated due to his lack of due diligence and who is patently irritated by fans’ suggestions that he should stump up for players. We’re going to be crap again this year – put your house on it.


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