Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Is No One Quite like Our Shay

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

There Is No One Quite like Our Shay

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IF Newcastle have not always been wellserved by their custodians, then Shay Given was a magnificent exception.

A wonderfully agile shot-stopper who among his considerable attributes could list loyalty, a commodity not always in ready supply in a world dominated by obscene amounts of money.

Like Alan Shearer, his willingness to sacrifice medals elsewhere for the adulation and appreciation of Geordies who regularly fill St James' Park was a trait to be treasured.

Shay has been rated by many as the Premier League's best shot saver over the years and probably he has had to be because, despite officially being listed as 6ft tall, he is not big for a modern-day keeper. Therefore, on crosses, getting above a melee of bodies can provide a challenge. He is more Ronnie Simpson than Peter Schmeichel. Over 12 years Given racked up a mammoth 462 appearances for United, a mere 34 short of the club's all-time record set by another keeper Jimmy Lawrence, whose career straddled the First World War. …

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