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.