Are we the only ones who now find it hard to watch somebody like Newcastle legend, Shay Given, when he plays for Manchester City?
Shay Given – another world class display yesterday
Every time we watch the Premier League now we think of how things were.
And to see Shay Given give a world class display yesterday against Birmingham was hard to take. In the game were Shay, who was the best player on the field, Craig Bellamy, whom Bobby Robson signed for Newcastle for £6M in 2001, and who is having a new lease f life under his former Welsh manager, Mark Hughes.
Lee Bowyer was playing for Birmingham – and he is best remembered for his fight with Kieron Dyer on April 2nd, 2005 at St. James Park, when we were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa, and that made news – bad news – for Newcastle United, around the world.
After you’ve watched this, notice how a certain Alan Shearer takes control, and it was Alan who demanded they both give a press conference with manager Graeme Souness after the game, and that both apologize for the incident – which they did – but it was a complete disgrace for our club.
The one thing the commentator got right about Shay Given yesterday, was when he said it was a massive signing by Manchester City – (was it really £8M?) – but it a massive loss to Newcastle United.
Shay never fell out of love with Newcastle – he just couldn’t stand Mike Ashley and yes – if Shay hadn’t left at the end of January, we’re pretty sure Newcastle would have still been in the Premier League now.
It would have only taken a couple of world class saves in the last 15 games or so, to get us that extra point we needed to survive.
And the best goalkeeping performance I have ever seen – ever – was the first 30 minutes of our home game against Liverpool, televised live around the world, when Shay probably made 5 world class saves to keep Newcastle level at 0-0.
Just for the record Shay made a total of 471 first class appearances for Newcastle, by our reckoning, from August of 1997 until last January.
Oh well that’s behind us now – and we have to look forward – and it’s young players like Tim Krul, Nile Ranger and Haris Vuckic who are probably the future Newcastle stars – and we can still become great again – we know that!