About Shay Given

This is Shay Given’s official Website dedicated to keeping you up to date on Shay’s career with Newcastle United and the Republic of Ireland!

Here’s the run down so far

Shay started playing his football in his Dad’s front garden, if fact anywhere a ball would bounce. Shay’s three elder brothers would thump the throttle out of Shay, day in day out, so it was no surprise when he was playing for the local mens team Lifford Celtic at age 14, which in fact first brought Shay to the Limelight playing in the FAI’s Junior Cup for Lifford in the Semi-Final in Dundalk, getting beat 1:0 but Shay was definately a big talking point in goal holding his own and looking very assured for a 14-year old.

Shay also played anything with a ball in it at his old School St. Columba’s College Stranorlar, in Co. Donegal.

Shay was invited to join Celtic on a pre-season tour of Ireland when he was just 15 and then signed terms at 16.

He moved to bonny Scotland before in 1994 moving down to Blackburn Rovers to join Kenny Dalglish. Kenny was instrumental then in bringing Shay to the north-east again joing Kenny in the top flight with Newcastle United in 1997 costing 1.5 million, a bargain really. It hasn’t always been easy but Shay’s enjoyed the best season ever and received due honour from his fellow professionals, being selected for the Premiership top 11. Long may it continue. 🙂

Shay had his work cut out for him at Blackburn Rovers trying to replace Tim Flowers an England international. Shay played only 2 games at Ewood Park before going on loan at first to Swindon Town and then at Sunderland 1995-1996, keeping 16 clean sheets out of 17 appearances for Sunderland. Even though brought back to Blackburn, Sunderland sent on the “Division One winners medal” to Shay.

He played in the 1998 FA Cup Final and then missed out on the 1999 FA Cup Final when displaced by Steve Harper, but after sitting out the start of the 1999/2000 season, ended the campaign in possession of the first-team place. In 2000/01, Shay was once again in magnificent form for club and country and earned most supporters’ awards as their Player of the Season.

Shay lost his place briefly to Steve Harper (friend and rival) due to injury and handed in a hasty transfer request out of protest on being fit again after 2 games out. The request was more a protest rather than a genuine wish to ever leave the club. The club rejected the request and luckily for Shay, Steve Harper injured himself in training and he was back in and hasn’t looked back since with his best ever season in 2001/02.

Last year was a bumpy one for Shay injury wise with him needed more surgery in Munich Germany to relieve groin trouble. He says now that he feels like a new man and that seems to be reflected in his opening games for Newcastle United this season.

Update 2009:
Manchester City F.C. have brought Shay to their club for an ‘undisclosed-fee’ and joins younger keepers ‘Hart’ and ‘Schmeichel’ in the now growing Man City squad.

Update 2010:
Shay is recovering from his shoulder injury sustained after a save against Arsenal at their ground.

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  1. Declan O'Reilly on

    Hi Shay, Congrats on reaching your century 100 caps for Ireland. You deserve it. You have been a fantastic asset to Ireland and a great ambassador for your country here. There is a nice article in yesterdays Sunday Tribune about yourself and Zinedine Kilbane hitting the 100 mark. The article was saying that for both of ye, nice do sometimes finish first – I agree with those sentiments.

    I remember your first cap against Russia in 96 and I thought, fair play to ya, because I had noticed the elevation of your football career. When I lived at home, we always got the Donegal Democrat each week. The Democrat gave you great coverage from your time at Lifford, the big move across the water to Celtic and then Blackburn etc.

    Hard luck against Italy the other nite, we were so close to a famous win, great atmosphere there, the best nite in Croker so far! But fear not, looking through the list of play off candidate nations, none of them strike fear into me, even France. Trap has got us playing a solid tight system, don’t mind the knockers in the media. Real fans appreciate how difficult it is and that the results are what matters. This campaign is sooo much better than the Stan debacle times. No one is gonna turn us over easy. We are the only undefeated nation going into the playoffs.. that says a lot of Trap and ye all, well done.

    Good luck and enjoy your 100th cap, there’s no pressure on this one, nice bonus!

    Declan O’Reilly
    Co. Leitrim

  2. joy rigg on

    Hi is Shay on Twitter under the name @shay_given is this genuine or a fake please could you confirm for all Shay Given fans out here please,
    Joy from Cumbria

  3. fearghal Mc Laughlin on

    Good luck in second leg against france Shay and do us proud like you always do.
    Ádh Mór Mo chara.
    Fearghal Mac

  4. Daragh Hynes on

    You Deserved Better Tonight Shay.

    A Keeper Like You Should Be In The World Cup.

    My Heart Goes Out To You

    Solid Tonight As Always

  5. peter brennan on

    What a Keeper? Should be on your way to the world cup, but robbed by a frog!I will be honest enough to say I had my doubts, but you proved me oh, so wrong!Keep doing that, please. Good luck

  6. Shaymus given is the best goalkeeper in the world the reason i became a goalkeeper was because of shaymus given. Shaymus given is a LEGEND

  7. Hello, Cool article. Having only discovered blogs recenly and I am hopelessly addicted!! It’s sites like this that are to blame! 🙂 I have been so inspired that I decided to make my own site. I’m just researching for a post i’m writing and was wondering if I can link to this article? I think it may be of some interest to my readers. Best wishes! Keep up the good work. David Stuart


    hi shay my name is ross i live in stranorlar CO DONEGAL NEAR TO LIFFORD u are tha best :DD

  9. david on

    shay given is a good world class goalkeeper my only fault is i can understand your accent when u speak on tv

    please go back soon an arrive to match with tottenhom

  11. my son loves u u have inspired him to want to play football u visited his school in washington and he loves football so much when he leaves school he wants to play football thank you u are the best

  12. ashkan on

    I have 4 friend that they love shay given..almost of IRAN love SHAY GIVEN

  13. vinny on

    Bushy Park Rangers AFC is a schoolboy’s team that was formed in 1963, over the years various players have gone on to play for clubs in England. It is the only schoolboys club in Ireland that had two of its former players play on opposing teams in a FA Cup Final 1983 Kevin Moran(Man Utd) and Gerry Ryan(Brighton and Hove Albion). It is also the club Ken Doherty former World snooker champion played his school boy soccer with.
    The Best bit 100 players are travelling over from Bushy Park Rangers to watch Shay and his team mates play West Ham on Sun 1st May The game was originally due to be played on Sat 30th April and we had made all our plans for this date but the dates were changed. The Travel agents offered other games on the Saturday such as Wigan v Everton or Blackburn v Bolton but all the players voted to change our plans to see Shay in action. The boys have been fundraising for the last year to go on a soccer trip doing bag packs, selling tickets, etc – the boys are really looking forward to hopefully seeing Shay in action

  14. mike on

    hi shay
    my name is mike
    i heard that you were going to play for a different team but i just dont know which team that is. i have being trying so hard to get your adderss but i could not find it so i was wondering if you could send me your address so i could send you a letter in the post

  15. You have to write to the club to reach Shay: Shay Given, c/o Manchester City Football Club, City of Manchester Stadium, SportCity, Manchester M11 3FF, England

  16. jkehoe on

    Good luck Shay. Wish it were the red devils. All the best from Canada.

  17. Dave on


    All the best for the future. As a City fan I’d like to thank you for all your hard work over the past couple of seasons. Hope you have 36 great games next season.

    Dave MCFC

  18. Shane Bradley on

    Hi Shay,

    I just want to say I’m delighted you have signed for Villa. My three boys are mad about you as I have told them I played in the same team as you at school. We are wishing you all the best and hope to get over to see you at Villa Park some day.

    Good Luck from 3 Villa Fans in Donegal.

  19. Where do we write to get an Autograph from Shay? Do we have to write Aston Villa? If you could put that address on here that would be great.

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  21. Hi there, I can’t comment on this too much but only to say that it seems very uncharacteristic of Shay to be moody, etc. I wouldn’t judge Shay by this one meeting. He could’ve had any number of things going on in his head at the time. Shay’s a great guy, great footballer, great on and off the pitch, so I feel you must’ve caught him on an off moment for some reason.

  22. Martina Murphy on

    As a huge Villa fan and extremely loyal Shay supporter, it broke my heart to see him so upset today after the minute applause in rememberence of Gary Speed. I’m shocked and very saddened after hearing of the death of Gary this morning, and know Shay must be devested. Such a tragic loss in terrible circumstances. Having lost one of my closest friends in 2004, I know how difficult it is to cope with having to come to terms with.

    Please give my condolances to Shay and tell him he is in my prayers to stay strong in the coming very difficult days, weeks and months ahead.

  23. Tae Kang on


    you are most greatest goal keeper in the world!

  24. martyn on

    euro 2012

    hey Shay I am a Newcastle supporter living in the states right now and just wanted to say. Before you and the rest of the Irish team get to downhearted, thinking somehow you just wern’t good enough. take a look at Hollands group and ask yourselves wether any one would say they were not good enough to be there. played 3 lost 3. I watched all the games so far and thought the Irish team played as well as most. But football is football some times you just need a little bit more luck.

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