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Shay Almost 4th In Newcastle Appearances

The official Newcastle United site is reporting today that Shay Given will soon enter the top four of the Newcastle United all-time appearance list.


Shay Given – a great servant for Newcastle United Football Club

Shay is just one appearance behind former Irish left back Alf McMichael, who we remember watching in the 1950s. Ald unfortunately passed away in 2006. Dick Keith and McMichael were the two fullbacks in those days – as fans long in the tooth will remember with Ronnie Simpson behind them in goal. Remember Dick Keith’s sliding tackles?

The very popular Given now has 430 appearances for the club, since signing from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1997. Kenny Dalglish, former manager at Blackburn signed him for £1.5M (what a buy!), and Shay is now just 66 appearances short of fellow goalkeeper Jimmy Lawrence’s Newcastle overall record of 496 total appearances. We think Shay has a good chance of going way over 600 appearances for the the club, if he can just keep fit.

In fact two appearances for Shay in our next two games would see him move into fourth place and level with Bill McCracken.

Here’s the top ten in overall appearances for the Newcastle United club:

       Player        Years Played   Appearances

1 -  Jimmy Lawrence     1904-22         496
2 -  Frank Hudspeth     1910-29         472
3 -  Frank Clark        1962-75         457
4 -  Bill McCracken     1904-23         432
5 -  Alf McMichael      1949-63         431
6 -  Shay Given         1997-now        430
7 -  David Craig        1962-78         412
8 -  Bobby Mitchell     1949-61         408
9 -  Alan Shearer       1996-2006       404
10 - Jackie Milburn     1946-57         397

Doubtless to say, we are very happy to have Shay Given at the club. As well as doing great things for the club Shay does a lot of charity work in the area, with his wife Jane.

Just an overall great lad to have at Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • Shane Coghlan

    Jan 14, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1


    How did Given compare to Jimmy Lawrence Ed?

  • Moy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    I just love Shay Given…

    Really hope we can help him to a couple of medal before he retires though.

  • B3v

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #3
  • ChrisM

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4




  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #5

    ChrisM, we win, we’re brilliant, we lose, we’re shite according to a lot of people, so does that answer ya’ question?..We seem to change our opinions of teams, managers, chairmen etc. like
    people change their socks (everyday, btw)…
    …Howay the Lads!..

  • indian toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    why dya sack a manager when you have no one as a backing manager. look at liverpool , they are already in talks with klinsmann before sacking benitez. this is mismanagement. but u never know mr ashley, he’s a shrewd man u know.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 14, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #7

    BTW, if Given keeps playing like he is, he won’t make 4th on the list, ‘cos, to be perfectly honest, since he took over from Harper, we’ve been pap!..Howay the Lads!..

  • Toon Al

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    given’s testimonial will be good, they should lob steve harper in the oppenents goal for it haha

  • ToonKing

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    who the hell voted Mark Hughes in that Chronicle poll ???? 15% ???!!!! twats.

  • Johann

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Yepp Skunk. We were doing quite well with Harper in goal and frankly now all is terrible with Given in goal. Directly pointed to him? Maybe, maybe not.

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Listened to SuperMac Saturday afternoon and he was asked what he’d do given the job (no I’m not putting him forward lol)
    He said:
    1st thing get Shay sorted, his confidence back and back to his best again (which I think he is doing anyway)
    2nd Get Zog sorted being our best creative and young player at the club.

    3rdly tell everyother player they are playing to keep their job @ Toon or play well and have a choice for a move to a club of their choice.
    If they din’t McDonald would choose their new club for them!

    Very blunt I know but he’s right, maybe I’d keep Taylor too as he seems to be progressing as CB.

  • ChrisM

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #12

    JOHANN – What on earth are you talking about. It was shay that kept the sc oreline below 10 v 0 on saturday almost single handedly

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Chris EM, the geordies are the most passionate fans around and everyone can see its true.I love being a newcastle supporter even though we aint challenging for the title,i have no mates who support newcastle.they follow man u and liverscum ,cuz when at school it was always one or the other.I only know a handful of people who support the toon and love when i get the meet up with them and talk about the most important team in the prem.

    I am living in dublin and everytime i have gone ova to newcastle its been magic and what i wouldnt give to live there.So up the toon and i hope the next manager we get realise how blessed he is to sit out there in those crowds of the best fans in the land.


  • ObaFan2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    IMO if the Toon had Shay while KK was here we’d have won the league.

  • Tez131

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #15

    I was really hoping for some news on a new manager today.

    All the talk and buzz arround the issue doesn’t seems to be as much today.

    Do you think we will have someone appointed before stoke game or even have the new manager in the stands to watch the game and in control against bolton?

  • indian toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #16

    the suspense is killin me man

  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Tez – I couldn’t care less about the Stoke game. Even without a manager we have no excuse for losing. If we do win, then Arsenal will thump us in the next round. And we could do with not playing the next round, because we have Arsenal in the league (away) 2 days later.

    Make the right choice for manager. Rushing it because we have Stoke is stupid

  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 14, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #18

    If it wasn’t for Taylor & Enrique on the line it woulda been 10…Shay handed them the killer 2nd goal!..Sorry, but i really feel the defense is worried by his positioning & kicks!..Hey, i think he’s a great goalkeeper, but he seems to have lost confidence or something this season!..But ,
    the shit reffing definitely helped womanchester on their way (C U Next Tuesday)…
    …Howay the Lads!..

  • ToonKing

    Jan 14, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Yeah Tez131 me too. at the rate things are going today (zero action) i don’t think we’ll have anyone in till the end of this week.

    It’s really daft what is happening tbh.

  • Brad

    Jan 14, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #20


  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Anyone think we should buy Dempsey from Fulham if they get relegated?

    If a new manager comes in before the end, we need a new centre midfield.

  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #22

    No to Dempsey. We need international class players.

    Ashley is not back until tomorrow so there will be no decision or serious talks on a manager until then. At the very earliest, we will have a man in place for the Bolton game. No chance of someone being there for Stoke. Pearson will be in charge of that and we will lose.

  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Is there anyone else on here who thinks we should play a few of the kids against Stoke? They will be more up for it and playing with no fear:

    Lua Lua

  • KevinHann

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #24
  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Does Dempsey not play for his national team 🙂

    Hes a good utility player for attack and midfield, obviously he wont be in the starting 11.

  • Steeley

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    I reckon it will be the morning after the Stoke game when we hear anything, just so the papers cant put a sting in the story “manager loses first game in charge and crashes out of the cup” if we did lose.
    Does anyone know where that clip of Keegan being coy today about the job was filmed?

  • Greg B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Kadar hasnt signed has he? I thought the deal had not actually gone through when Allardyce got sacked so his representitives put the deal on hold.
    I could be wrong but thats my understanding of it.

  • Johann

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Have you exactly seen the two first goals?? Well at least I have and you can´t go around it that Given should have saved both. Stop being objective and just admit he´s been bad this season. And ChrisM I frankly don´t care if we lose 10-0 or 6-0. I want my keeper to prevent us from getting any goals at all !!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Damn right Johann!..

  • Dingo

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #30

    it was at Soccer Circus in Kiltland Steeley

  • scott9

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #31

    S*it s*it s*it s*it S*it houlier is looking more likely ewho noes what will happen if he takes over mort says he has contacted candidates well i think these are the people that have been contacted im not putting hughes in cause blackburn and hughes say theres been no contact.
    gerard houlier
    rednapp obviously we no

  • Steeley

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #32

    scott9 – has Mort actually ben quoted as saying that he spoken to the people on the short-list? Because if he has then that’s made my day, as Blackburn have come out very recently and said there has been no conact between NUFC and Hughes! Woo hoo!
    Can you confirm where you got that info from Scott9?

  • Steeley

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #33

    P.S. I reckon Houllier wouldnt be too bad!

  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Given may well finish top of the list- but not if he signs for Arsenal or Man.Utd!
    Almunia’s form would probably prevent a transfer to the Emirates, but Fergie needs a proper replacement.

    N’Zogbia linked to Gunners as well-Think it’s all a load of balls really.

  • Eve

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #35

    IS there anyway we can block Johann from commenting. He ONLY EVER comes on to criticize Given or and Sinead who I haven’t seen around in a while, but anyway. It’s really beginning to drive me mad which has led me to this rant. usually I ignore him but he’s really beginning to get on my nerves.

    Given’s a legend a really good keeper, he did suffer a major, I don’t know, confidence blow when he got badly hurt against West Ham, and who wouldn’t. Then he was dogged with an injury that was a result of the West Ham injury. He came back and then Sam (don’t know why, ignoring the so called sources reasons) started Harper for a few games. The only games we managed to play well in and when I say we I mean the entire team. From there on in it just got really bad. Nothing to do with Given. He played Shay in the Carling Cup, I think, and he played really well against Arsenal and he played a blinder for Ireland against Germany, I think. Fought his way back in, that and Harper’s shambles against Portsmouth or whoever we lost to by like 5 goals, can’t remember, but anyway. Temporary form thing, what is it, form is temporary class is permanent or something like that.

    But between then and Liverpool/Chelsea he was good, but now he’s actually finding his old brilliant form. Ya the second goal wasn’t great, he could have dealt better with the kick, but honestly, he should never of had the ball back to him in the first place and he had to kick it with his weaker left foot. He made up for it anyway by keeping the score under double digits. He could do nothing about the other goals. Nearly all of which were deflections. That was his only flaw in the game.

    Anyway he’s been pretty much our best player for the last ten years and deserves to get in the top 5. Great achievement. What a legend.

    Oh and can we be sure that Johann and Punk shunk aren’t the same person. Just get over yourself, Given is twice the keeper Harper is, with all due respect to Harper, great lad, I don’t exactly know what your problem is with him. every post you make you criticize him. It’s really childish.

    Thats’ better.

  • Eve

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Apparently our new manager is Mickey Mouse, (thank you Sunderland) can’t wait.

  • Ant

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Obafan2, you forget we had the geordie LEGEND that is Pav i goal back in the days of King Kev.

  • jimmer

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #38

    given would last longer if there was a decent defence in front of him he works to hard

  • Eve

    Jan 14, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #39

    Ya they were only saying a day ago that he would age 9 years playing behind that defense. LOL!!

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Ant very true but I think Shay’s still been the better keeper.


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