Shay Given Such A Great Team Player

Hero Shay Given was more interested in talking about the fabulous efforts of his team-mates, than his own brilliant personal display last Saturday at Chelsea, where his experience gave added confidence to the Newcastle defense.

Shay Given – a great team player for Newcastle United

Shay talked to nufcTV about the game:

“We knew it was going to be tough and no-one really gave us a chance before the game,”  “But it was a great team effort and in the end the draw was thoroughly deserved.”

“We’ve had to soak up a lot of pressure but have held firm and there were a lot of strong performances.” “The point is a massive lift.”

It could have been so different early in the first half when Frank Lampard looked as though he had to score with a header from 8 yards out. But Shay made a brilliant one handed save low to his right to keep the ball out, when most goalkeepers wouldn’t have been able to react quickly enough.

Frank held his head in his hands in disbelief at the save.

Shay talked about that crucial save:

“It was a good cross from Malouda and luckily I’ve decided not to come for it so it’s given me time to get set.” “It was a good header but I’ve got a strong enough hand on it and kept it out.”

“But it’s not about individuals, I felt the whole team really put a good shift in and worked their socks off.”

Chelsea also had the ball in the net, but the goal was rightly given for offside on the scorer, Joe Cole:

“I was just trying to save the shot first of all. But the ball has gone up in the air and Joe Cole has stabbed it in.”

“Luckily the linesman flagged and you need those sorts of breaks.”“That gave us something to hold on to and fight for and you need that sort of luck.”

Then his save from a Frank Lampard free kick, when he almost back pedaled into his own goal, but just managed to keep the ball in play, even as he lost his footing on the AstroTurf:

“Frank’s got a bit more on the free-kick than I thought, I thought it was dropping shorter.”
“But it kept sailing on and I was in two minds whether to flick it over the bar or to keep it out.”

“I decided to go for the catch but there’s AstroTurf just behind the goal so I lost my footing on that.” I fell to the floor but I was happy to keep it out and it definitely wasn’t across the line.”

Shay is one of those players, like Alan Shearer before him, who could just about play for any team he wanted to in the Premier League, but he has chosen to be loyal to a club that still hasn’t won anything for almost 40 years.

Once we get the new owners in next year, which we will, we must go all out to win something and reward our unsung heroes, like Shay Given as one example, for their immense loyalty and service to the Newcastle United club. Nobody deserves it more.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 25, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d say I agree Ed. We love our players who give their all thats why it was sad to see Milner go. Despite under performing in assists and goals he ran his heart out for 90 mins whenever he was given the chance and we appreciated that. Shay is the same and though he does not keep a huge amount of clean sheets I believe that is mainly because of the defence. If anything his only weakness is he only makes two miracle saves a match instead of more. I say we keep him for as long as possible and whilst I would hate to see Harper go as he is mega quality too it might give Foster or Krul a chance to get some first team time all be it on the bench

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 25, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2


  • sav

    Nov 25, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    If Owen goes, Shay should be made club captain. Its honorary anyway as there should still be leaders in the middle of the park, encouraging team-mates. But it would mean a lot to Shay and he’s a fine example.


    Nov 25, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    without given, we would be as bad as derby last year

  • Jóhann

    Nov 25, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Rubbish. Alan Shearer has won things and publicly Ferguson has admitted making a bid for him and so on. To compare Given to Shearer is ridicilous, Given just doesn´t have it all to be counted as a top keeper. And I´ll say it again, Newcastle won´t win anything untill we finally sell him.

  • Jonny

    Nov 25, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #6

    the first shay given quotes are exactly the same as the quotes by zoggy on the previous page……

  • Jonny

    Nov 25, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #7

    and johann how on earth did you work that out? unless your superstitous and deciding our best players always make us win nothing how does selling our best goalkeeper give us a better chance of winning anything?

  • Paul:D

    Nov 25, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #8

    cuz he lets too many goals in…main job as a keeper init

  • reillers

    Nov 25, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Some of ye..Paul, Johann and Punkskunk to name a few are pretty anti Given, no matter how many saves, no matter what he does, or how many MOTM he gets. It’s Harper all the way for England, why cause he’s a local and English.
    And no matter how good the wee lad plays he’s never good enough. Ye blame him for goals conceded by the mistakes made by the defenders.

    No gratitude, no nothing, no matter how many times he saves us, despite the fact that he got MOTM on Sat. No, moan, moan, moan. Harps isn’t good enough unfortunatley, I love Harps as much as the next Toon fan but, he’s not as good as wee Shay, if he was he’d be on the first team but he’s not. There’s a reason why the wee lads Irish no.1 has so many awards to his name, is no.1 at this club, hunted by others like Arsenal and despite what ye want to believe, Given has been our no.1 constantly through every manager we’ve had. There’s a reason for that. If Given was so bad, which you seem to be saying, which is vicious, factless and bitter. He wouldn’t have been and stayed the no.1 all those years, and gotten all those keeper of the year and MOTMs and 2 FAI player of the years.
    Can you not leave your bitterness at that. That’s fact, not bias.

    Ye seem to have a personal vendetta against the wee lad and it’s old and childish because it’s every single post, it’s whinge, whinge, whinge.

    Ye’re either all the same people or ye’ve been drinking one two many of whatever it is ye drink.

  • Paul:D

    Nov 25, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #10

    haha why does harps let less goals in on average then if givens so much better, hes not..he looks better, he makes flash saves, kicks the ball high and long, cums out n throws his hands int he air at crosses, fact is, harper lets less in, thats why i rate him more, because thats what matters at the end of the day, goals conceded, not because hes local, english, anything, just want less goals conceded. His performance against chelsea was amazing, if he kept more clean sheets like that, id get behind him, but not until then, till given lets in less goals its harps all the way, and fact of the matter is, he gets no1 every season, because if ou were a manager, you had 2 equal players, and 1 was a cry baby if he got dropped, and the other happy on the bench…whow ould you play

  • Paul:D

    Nov 25, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #11

    and not constantly, he got dropped by robson, and threw his toys out the pram

  • reillers

    Nov 25, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Harps has been in goals very, very little. Of course he’s goin to concede less goals, he rarely plays.

    Robson dropped Given, he said fine he’ll leave and go to somwhere where he’ll get first team football so he handed in a transfer, the club denied him the transfer.
    Nothing unreasonable about that is there?? Harper got injured shortly after that, missed a few games and Given played brilliantly.

    And that was YEARS ago. Every single manager that we’ve had has picked Given over Harps when it came down to it.
    Oh wait that’s it, because he’s a “cry baby” ya, are you that naive. First of all he’s not if he was he’d be gone from here a long time ago. If that was the case then he would have been dropped straight Robinson. But he wasn’t. You really are naive enough to think that the onyly reason that every single manager has put Given in goals is because he’s a cry baby. Grow up. How dellusional are you?? I mean really, out of all the arguments, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard.

    Why are you so petty, because he’s not English isn’t it. You say it’s not but it’s the only thing to explain your childish petty remarks.

    Oh wait I forgot you’re 1/4 Irish, you can’t see it, but I’m rolling my eyes.

    Harper, a legend ya, but he’s not as good. When both are on top form, Given is better and that is why he’s been played.
    That’s why he got the Irish shirt over the great keepers that were there.
    That’s why he’s got plaudits from about everyone in the game. Henry, Wenger, Bobby..etc. He’s one a few keeper of the year awards on the Premiership team. Two FAI player of the year awards, he’s probably double the ammount of MOTM awards then any player at Newcastle, and Ireland.

    Look Harps would maybe get the No.1 shirt at a lot of clubs. He’s taller then Given, there’s nothing at all Given can do about that. Does that affect corners, ya, but Given does bloody well considering.

    He may control his box better then Given, but that’s down to the defenders if you ask me.
    Whenever he plays with Ireland the defence is ran really well.

    Harps isn’t fast enough, he doesn’t have the reflexes or agility or acrobatic type of skill that Given has. Given can make the saves. Harper can’t.

    Which out weighs which? Height or skill??

  • Doocey

    Nov 25, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Shay Given is the best keeper in the world.
    Buffon is nearly there but Given’s consistency is unbelievable, it is annoying to see that most don’t even recognise him as a world class keeper when in fact he’s unbelievable, the best in the world.

    He never complains, has never looked to leave the troubled club and he has NEVER spoke out about anyone.
    A true Irishman and A gentleman, a legend forever.
    Long live the best keeper in the world….


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