It’s So Hard To Watch Shay Given These Days

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 yesif 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!

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • toonsy

    Nov 2, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Its not really hard to watch Shay. He was great for us but im under no illusions he went for the money Citeh would pay him! If he had wanted to win trophies, then he would have gone to Arsenal while they were sniffing round him as Arsenal have more chance of a trophy win than Citeh currently.

  • SirAlan

    Nov 2, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Blame fat Ashley for losing a world class Goalkeeper……

  • premier

    Nov 2, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #3

    class keeper who had to be sold to pay wages of dross that couldnt be moved on!!
    Noticable that Duff has had a miraculous return to form anarl!!

  • Fak_you_ashley

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    maybe one day he’ll comeback?.:D

    you never know. 😀

  • lesh

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    And he went for £8m – someone deserves to be strung up for such a monumental clanger!

  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Never liked him. He was rubbish. Glad to be shot of him.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #7


  • toonsy

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #8

    lesh – Wasn’t it less than that? I thought it was £5.5 million?

  • G

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Lets be honest about Given here though guys, he gave us fantastic service, was our most consistent performer and I can honestly remember him doing only 2 real howlers when he was with us (There may be more but the memory fails me). He came here because he was ambitious and wanted to win things, he stayed through some pretty hard times when it appeared there was light at the end of the tunnel, even though that appeared to be some b**ger with a lamp and more bad news! He only left us when it became impossible for us to acheive anything, so I wish him well and hope he gets some decent trophies on his sideboard whoever his employers may be.

  • Graeme

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Yet another error of judgement by FCB – no suprise there then!!!

    Hey, at least he’s consistant!! Always wrong.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Given leaving and his comments that there was no ambition set alarm bells ringing….how true he was.
    Great Keeper and one of the good guys.

  • Bigbadbob

    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Have to go against the flow here, Given is a great shot stopper but will not come off his line, he has been rooted to the spot when easy headers have flown past him, Man U comes to mind amongst others.
    Dont pine for him, if he loved the fans he would still be here, Shearer could have done the same but didnt.
    And as for Bellamy, he had a shite game and constantly moaning to his team mates, nothing changes there, Bowyer was crap as was fatty Carr and so was Jenas for Spurs.
    Owen missed a sitter, Bassong done his hammy so overall they have reproduced what they gave us which is a mixed bag of rubbish really.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 2, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Given kept us in alot of games…but knew once Ashley got his feet under the boardroom table things where heading backwards.

    Bowyer is doing well at Blues so is Steven Carr my mate is a season ticket holder and raves about both of them.

    I would take bowyer back no problem.

  • G

    Nov 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #14

    @ SJT – you would take Bowyer back? I don’t know about that, although his battling spirit and versatility would come in handy, he is a bit long in the tooth now. Not spoken to any Brum fans about either man, but I hold no grudges so good luck to them both.

  • jasonbourne

    Nov 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    If I’m not wrong Bigbadbob we were in the Premier League pretty high up the table with the players you reffered to. So how can you say that, Jenas, Boywer, Given, Carr isn’t that good?

    It’s a reason I miss our good playing midfield with the one’s like Dyer, Jenas, Bowyer, Speed, Robert and Solano. They played well togheter. Bellamy and Shearer was a great couple up front. When all those players left St. James Park? (that’s the name of the stadium isn’t?), in very short time of period (from 2005-2006) I knew something was wrong. Look at the players we got now. Nolan is the biggest star, and many looked at him as a bad signing in January, that says it all.

    So how can you BigBadBob tell that those players wasen’t that good?

  • Bigbadbob

    Nov 2, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #16

    jason, Shearer, Robert, Speed and Solano were class and a world away from the others who never gave value for the wages they were paid, Bellamy and Dyer were always injured, Bowyer and Carr were rubbish.
    My point about Given is that he has a major fault which is never highlighted by the media but opposition teams know that if they hoy the ball in across the six yard box, he will not come off his line.
    The state of our club is irrelevant to the argument which is former players still playing in the premier league, most of which were peddled as they were not good enough and there were few tears when they went.

  • lesh

    Nov 2, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Toonsy, £5.5m, £8m whatever, neverthess a travesty that such a loyal guy should have been sickened by events!

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 2, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #18

    G // Nov 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    @ SJT – you would take Bowyer back?

    YUP 🙂

  • G

    Nov 2, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #19

    @ SJT – fair enough mate.

  • Bosck

    Nov 2, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    the scary thing is you could pick a damn good side from all our ex players (loan or permanent) still playing in the premiership.


    Leaving any from Friedel, Carr, O’Brien, Hughes, Bramble, Woodgate, Faye, Griffin, Parker, Dyer, Owen to make up the subs bench!!!

    Pretty shocking really that there is that much talent that used to play for us still playing in the premiership when we are stuck in the championship.

  • chuck

    Nov 2, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Recently Hughes made a statement in regard to Shay, Calling him the best goalie in the league and comparing him to players like Schmichels and others.
    But what the hell does Hughes know about football ?
    Watched the game against Brum. this weekend , where he was brilliant even stopping a penalty shot.
    His being sold for probably half his worth was a major blunder , one of many by this ignorant group presently running the club (into the ground)
    What galls me is to listen to jerks still repeating the same old mantras,
    Ha cant marshall his defense,
    He`s not good at set pieces,
    He hoofs it up the field,,
    And as BIG BAD BOB says ,( contradicting himself ) he never comes off his line, BOB a major part of his game was coming off his line to block breakaways.
    In which case you either just dont like the man or you know nowt about goaltending.


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