Shay Given

Shay Given
Date of Birth:
6' 1" (185cm)
13st 4lbs (84.3kg)
Previous Clubs:
Middlesbrough (loan), Manchester City, Newcastle, Sunderland (loan), Swindon (loan), Blackburn

Few players can boast the experience of Villa goalkeeper Shay Given.

At the age of 38, he has just shy of 500 professional appearances to his name.

The Irishman spent 12 years at Newcastle United and ended his tenure just 34 matches away from breaking Jimmy Lawrence's all-time appearance record.

Signed by Alex McLeish from Manchester City following the departure of Brad Friedel to Tottenham in July 2011, Given played his first Premier League match for Villa in a 0-0 draw with Fulham.

In September 2011, Given was reunited with goalkeeping coach Terry Gennoe who had previously mentored him at Blackburn Rovers and the Magpies.

Given is the second most capped Republic of Ireland player after Robbie Keane and has recorded 55 clean sheets in the process.

The veteran gives his international playing fees to charity.

Given has completed 22 pre-season programmes in his career and will certainly be hot on the heels of Brad Guzan this term.

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