Shay Given

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

Shay Given enjoyed a real renaissance in the 2014-15 campaign.

He had seen little action for the claret and blues after losing his place early in the 2012-13 season to Brad Guzan, even spending time on loan at Middlesbrough from November 2013 to February 2014.

But his expertise was needed in the closing stages of the 2013-14 term when he was asked to step up and be one of Paul Lambert's coaches on a temporary basis.

Initially Lambert had opted for a youthful approach on the field, precluding Given, but his 2014-15 tactics included a return for the experienced players, including the former Man City and Newcastle No.1.

Lambert still chose Guzan as No.1 throughout the 2014-15 season, except for cup games.

But his departure - and the arrival of Tim Sherwood in February 2015 - created even more competition in the goalkeeping ranks.

Sherwood stuck with Guzan in the early stages but called for Given against the vital double header against Everton and West Ham - games that Villa earned vital three points in.

He looked to be a doubt for the FA Cup final after injuring his groin in the run-up to the end of season Burnley match.

But he recovered in time to take his place against Arsenal, even though the final score was not what anyone of claret and blue persuasion would have wished for.

Given joined Villa from Man City in July 2011 on a five year contract.

Brad Friedel had just left and Alex McLeish opted to bring in the highly-rated stopper, who had found his opportunities somewhat limited at the Etihad Stadium with the emergence of Joe Hart.

Given made his name at Newcastle United, after joining in 1997 - and clocked up just short of 350 league appearances for the club across 12 years.

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