Shay Given has talked to the Evening Chronicle today, and Newcastle’s best ever goalkeeper thinks Newcastle can win the game tomorrow against Sunderland.
Shay Given – when playing for Newcastle
Shay Given talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“You cannot walk the streets in Newcastle without somebody talking to you about football – not least during derby week.” “That shows just how much it all means up there.”“It is certainly one in which you just do not want to lose.”
“I had a lot of great memories from derby games, but the one which probably sticks out the most was when we won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light in 2002 when Nikos Dabizas scored and we were on our way to the Champions League.”
“Any game like that when you have helped the team to get the result is satisfying, especially against the local enemy.” “I hope the atmosphere will still be alive when I go back and they are still talking about a derby win.” “I have to say I fancy Newcastle to do it as well.”
“I hope that is not putting the kiss of death on them, but I know there is more than enough quality within the ranks to get a result. The lads will be up for it and I fancy them to take those important three points.”
Shay is one of the few players to play for both Newcastle United and Sunderland, as he was at Sunderland, on loan from Blackburn, in season 1995-1996 and played 17 times for the Wearside club. He joined Newcastle in the summer of 1997 for £1.5M, when former Blackburn manager Kenny Dalglish was managing the Magpies.
Given left the club in January of 2009, and if he hadn’t left at that time, and Joe Kinnear did his utmost to keep the Irishman, we don’t think Newcastle would have been relegated, but he seemed to be just so fed up with Mike Ashley, and the way he ran the club at that time.
It all happened at the Liverpool game on Sunday, 28th December of 2008, when Liverpool hammered us 5-1 at St. James’ Park and but for Given the score could have been 10-1.
Just before that game, Ashley had announced that he had finally taken the club off the market, and made it clear he was going to stay in charge at Newcastle, and we think that is why Shay then wanted out.
He moved onto Manchester City, but has warmed the bench this season for a spell, for the first time for a very long time, with England goalkeeper Joe Hart now the number one at Eastlands.
Shay was Newcastle’s best ever goalkeeper with 462 total appearances (we just counted them), for the Tyneside club.
When he returns to St. James’ Park, maybe next year (and perhaps for Arsenal?), we’re not sure if he will be booed or not.
But he shouldn’t be – because Shay was a very loyal servant of the Newcastle United club for a full 12 years, and played when Newcastle were a top side under the great Bobby Robson and was always one of our best players.
You cannot just boo players simply because they left the club.