Given Overtakes Frank Clark In Appearances Today

Shay Given will overtake former full-back Frank Clark in the club’s all-time appearance table, when the Irishman makes his 458th appearance for Newcastle United this afternoon.

Well done Shay!


Shay Given – makes  458th appearance for Newcastle today   😀

There are now only two players that have played more games for Newcastle than the fabulous Irish goalkeeper, and they are fellow goalkeeper Jimmy Lawrence (496 games) and Frank Hudspeth (472) from Percy Main.

Another record Shay holds is that he’s the most capped player ever at Newcastle, with 91 appearances for Ireland and is the only ever present at Newcastle this season along with Argentine center-back Fabriccio Coloccini.

Once we heard Given was going to have an operation at Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck’s clinic  in Munich, we had high hopes that he’d be OK, because the German surgeon has performed wonders on many top class players including Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

Dr Ulrike Muschaweck is surgical chief and founder at the Munich Hernia Center, and she specializes in hernias of the abdominal wall and groin region.

Given told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:

“Hindsight’s a good thing, and I probably should have had the operation a year earlier.”

“Now I want to play every game, and I feel great this season.”

“A couple of seasons ago I never missed a game for four years, and hopefully I’m getting back to that.”

“Touch wood, I can play a whole season without missing any games.”

“It’s good to be out there playing and not in the gym doing rehab. It makes a big change.”

“I’m delighted with the way things are going. The position we’re in isn’t ideal, but hopefully we’ve turned a bit of a corner and we’re going in the right direction.”

Meanwhile, Given is looking for United to continue their mean streak away from home at Wigan this afternoon, with Joe Kinnear’s side having shut out Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Chelsea in their last three away games.

The keeper added:

“We have had two victories in a row, and we are unbeaten in our last six matches.”

“As a result, our confidence is getting pretty high. We’ll be going there with nothing to fear, and hopefully it will be a good Boxing Day for a change.”

“The clean sheets make a nice change, and hopefully we can build on that at Wigan. If we make four in a row, it would be even better. It’s what we have to strive for – keeping as many clean sheets as we can.”

“If we keep clean sheets, we’ve always got a chance.” “Against Portsmouth, we kept it nice and tight, and we got three great goals.”

I’m so pleased I was in Newcastle in the summer of 1997, and was at Shay’s very first appearance for Newcastle, when we beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1, in our first game of the season, with a couple of goals from Tino Asprilla.

17 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Given has been fantastic at NUFC we really don’t know how lucky we are having him because i believe he would be the main Keeper in any of the top four clubs. Well done Shay may there be a little silverware before you retire.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2

    by far the greatest goalkeeper we have ever had
    and at the very leat top 4 keepers in th world i wouldnt swap him for any1 not even buffon

    top keepers in the world

    my top 4 keepers


  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #3


    stamford bridge more atmospheric than river plates el monumental


    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #4

    given is a geordie tra la la la tra la la la

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 26, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Must admit I thought that injury had finished him as a top class GK, glad he has proved me (and others) wrong.

  • Ally

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #7

    lads this is a stream for the match as far as i know not bad quality either

  • reillers

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #8

    I think it would have finished a lot of people.

    Personally I don’t know how he managed to get back after that horror injury at the start, after the way he got it, and just go straight back into the game, took some liathrodi I’d say. In hindsight, he probably came back too early.
    His first game back though, against Arsenal, one of the first saves he made was at the feet of one of the Arsenal players, he didn’t even flinch (ironic that that one was offside too.)

    But the injuries just piled up and it could have finished him, so no ones more delighted then us that he’s back to his best. No one deserves it more.
    The wee lads a legend, and to top it off he’s a genuinely nice lad, a gent if I ever knew one.
    Fair play to him, no one deserves it more.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    that is the spuds match

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #10

    oh we havent kicked off yet lol

  • Spyro

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Fulham are a good side, i really respect Hodgeson for what he has done there.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #12


    what is the team news

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #13

    I see the forgotten man Xsico is on the bench, along with fellow strikers Carroll and Duke.

    Duff playing behind Owen.

    Appears Joe is going safety first.


    Dec 26, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    any 1 got a link that 1 has the scoucers on

  • the black magpie

    Dec 26, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #15


  • stk

    Dec 26, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #16

    one word…. LEGEND!

  • raghav

    Dec 26, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    He is a god,absolute legend


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