Newcastle fans will get a chance this afternoon to welcome a player who played 462 times for the Newcastle first team.
Tim Krul – can emulate Shay Given a Newcastle
Shay Given will play in the opposing goal at Newcastle for the first time ever this afternoon, and Shay of course was a Newcastle star from the summer of 1997 until he left the club in January of 2009.
To put his career in perceptive at Newcastle, Alan Shearer was at the club for 10 seasons from 1996, and played 404 times and scored 206 goals, but that was 58 appearances less than Shay made as the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
And of all the good goalkeepers Newcastle ever had, it could be that Shay was the best one, and I say that as a big fan of Ronnie Simpson, who was Newcastle’s goalkeeper in the 1950s.
Of course as we mentioned yesterday 23 year-old Tim Krul could well emulate Shay, although the Dutchman is in his first full season as the Newcastle number one, and so far has 61 appearances for Newcastle.
Alan Pardew talked yesterday of Shay Given and of Tim Krul:
“I’m sure Shay will look up the other end and think ‘there’s somebody who can take my old job on’.” “There haven’t been many in Newcastle’s history who have done it better than Shay.”
“It’s a nice learning curve for Tim. If he plays anything like he has done for the past year in the rest of his career here, he’ll be a massive player.“
“Villa are in good form. They’ve picked up a little bit.” “They’ve got a goalie we know very well – a legend at our club – so we’ve got a lot to do.”
“Our 2-0 win away from home in midweek was absolute gold dust – it sets up our home game.” “Now we’ve got an opportunity, and we’ll try to take it.”
Shay had a good game in the 1-1 draw earlier in the season, and but for a fabulous save from Yohan Cabaye in injury time, Newcastle would have come away with a 2-1 win at Villa Park.
This same game last year was very early in the season, and we had seven chances in the game and scored six goals, and won that game 6-0.
That will not happen this afternoon, but if the lads are to stay in their high position of 5th top of the league, we’ll need the 3 points this afternoon.
And with a little luck, and the same grit and determination the lads showed at Ewood Park on Wednesday night, we can do it.
Howay The Lads!!