Shay Given

Date of birth20 April 1976
Place of birthLifford
NationalityIrish
Weight84 kg
Height1.83 m
PositionGoalkeeper

Shay Given's patience in the early years of his career have been rewarded many times over as he has become Newcastle United, and Ireland's, long-term first choice keeper.

Exceptionally consistent, Shay's calm authority gives added confidence to his defensive colleague.

He became United's all-time most capped player.

Shay travelled to the 2002 World Cup at the end of an outstanding season with Newcastle United when many leading observers suggested that he was the Premier League's top keeper.

He has reaped the rewards of the patience and determination he displayed earlier in his career.

After failing to make the grade at Celtic, he then struggled to make any impression at Blackburn Rovers.

It was a loan spell at Sunderland that was the catalyst to his success as he helped the Wearsiders to Premier League promotion in 1996.

That also brought him to the international stage when he made his Republic debut against Russia in March 1996.

The £1.5million move to Newcastle United a year later further aided his prospects and became Ireland's first choice.

He was especially impressive in the two World Cup Play-Off games against Iran although his performance in the home qualifier against Holland probably ranks as one of his finest games.

Despite not being the tallest of keepers, Shay dominated his area and was an exceptional shot-stopper.

Shay's contract at Newcastle United was extended to June 2011 in May 2006.

He joined Manchester City in February 2009 with a contract to June 2013.

Shay joined Aston Villa in July 2011 with a five-year contract.

He joined Stoke City in July 2015 with a two-year contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Celtic 01 Jul 1992 30 Jun 1994
Blackburn Rovers 08 Aug 1994 14 Jul 1997
Swindon Town 04 Aug 1995 04 Sep 1995 L
Sunderland 19 Jan 1996 30 May 1996 L
Newcastle United 14 Jul 1997 01 Feb 2009
Manchester City 01 Feb 2009 18 Jul 2011
Aston Villa 18 Jul 2011 10 Jul 2015
Middlesbrough 28 Nov 2013 24 Feb 2014 L
Stoke City 10 Jul 2015 30 Jun 2017

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1996-97 Blackburn Rovers League Cup
1
1996-97 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 2 1
1997-98 Newcastle United FA Cup 4 2 3
1997-98 Newcastle United Premier League 24 4 27
1
1997-98 Newcastle United UEFA Champions League 6 1 8
1998-99 Newcastle United FA Cup 6 3 2
1
1998-99 Newcastle United League Cup 2 1 1
1998-99 Newcastle United Premier League 31 4 45
1998-99 Newcastle United UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 2 1
1999-00 Newcastle United FA Cup 2 4
1999-00 Newcastle United League Cup
1
1999-00 Newcastle United Premier League 14 5 17
2000-01 Newcastle United League Cup 1 1
2000-01 Newcastle United Premier League 34 5 43
1
2001-02 Newcastle United FA Cup 5 2 5
2001-02 Newcastle United League Cup 1 1
2001-02 Newcastle United Premier League 38 8 51
2
2001-02 Newcastle United UEFA Intertoto Cup 6 2 7
2002-03 Newcastle United FA Cup 1 3
2002-03 Newcastle United Premier League 38 15 46
2002-03 Newcastle United UEFA Champions League 12 2 20
2003-04 Newcastle United FA Cup 2 1 2
2003-04 Newcastle United Premier League 38 7 38
1
2003-04 Newcastle United UEFA Champions League 2 1 1
2003-04 Newcastle United UEFA Cup 11 3 9
2004-05 Newcastle United FA Cup 3 2 4
2004-05 Newcastle United League Cup 1 2
2004-05 Newcastle United Premier League 36 4 50
1
2004-05 Newcastle United UEFA Cup 12 6 9
2005-06 Newcastle United FA Cup 4 3 1
2005-06 Newcastle United League Cup 2 1 1
2005-06 Newcastle United Premier League 38 9 40
2
2005-06 Newcastle United UEFA Intertoto Cup 3 1 4
2006-07 Newcastle United FA Cup 2 6
2006-07 Newcastle United League Cup 1 1
2006-07 Newcastle United Premier League 22 3 26
1
2006-07 Newcastle United UEFA Cup 6 2 5
1
2006-07 Newcastle United UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 1 1
2007-08 Newcastle United FA Cup 3 3
2007-08 Newcastle United League Cup 2 1 2
2007-08 Newcastle United Premier League 19 1 41
2
2008-09 Manchester City Premier League 15 4 18
2008-09 Manchester City UEFA Cup 6 1 9
1
2008-09 Newcastle United FA Cup 2 1
2008-09 Newcastle United League Cup 2 4
2008-09 Newcastle United Premier League 22 3 37
2
2009-10 Manchester City FA Cup 3 1 4
2009-10 Manchester City League Cup 6 2 6
2009-10 Manchester City Premier League 35 9 41
2
2010-11 Manchester City League Cup 1 2
2010-11 Manchester City UEFA Europa League 3 1 4
2011-12 Aston Villa FA Cup 1 3
2011-12 Aston Villa League Cup 1 2
2011-12 Aston Villa Premier League 32 3 43
1
2012-13 Aston Villa FA Cup 2 3
2012-13 Aston Villa League Cup 5 9
2012-13 Aston Villa Premier League 2 4
2013-14 Middlesbrough League Championship 16 6 10
2014-15 Aston Villa FA Cup 6 2 7
2014-15 Aston Villa League Cup 1 1
2014-15 Aston Villa Premier League 3 1 8
1
2015-16 Stoke City League Cup 2 1 1
2015-16 Stoke City Premier League 3 9
1
2016-17 Stoke City League Cup 1 1
2016-17 Stoke City Premier League 5 1 13
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
24 Sep 1996 Blackburn Rovers v Brentford W 2-0
Agg: 4-1
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
14 Dec 1996 Wimbledon v Blackburn Rovers L 1-0 Premier League
28 Dec 1996 Derby County v Blackburn Rovers D 0-0 Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Clean sheets Conceded Y R
1992-93 Republic of Ireland UEFA Under-18 3 5
1993-94 Republic of Ireland UEFA Under-18 2 4
1994-95 Republic of Ireland UEFA Under-21 3 4
1995-96 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 5 10
1995-96 Republic of Ireland UEFA Under-21 2 4
1995-96 Republic of Ireland US Cup 1 2
1996-97 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 2 2
1997-98 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 5 6
1997-98 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 3 4
1998-99 Republic of Ireland Charity Omagh Fund 1 1
1998-99 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2 2
1998-99 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 3 2 1
1999-00 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1 1
1999-00 Republic of Ireland US Nike Cup 1 1
2000-01 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 5 3 2
2000-01 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1 1
2001-02 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 8 4 4
2001-02 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 4 1 5
2002-03 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
1
1
2002-03 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 6 2 6
2003-04 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 6 3 1
2003-04 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 2 3
2004-05 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 7 3 4
2004-05 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
1
1 1
2005-06 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 3 1 1
2005-06 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 3 1 3
2006-07 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 4 3 1
1
2007-08 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1 1
2007-08 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 5 6
2008-09 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 7 2 4
1
2008-09 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 3 5
2009-10 Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup 5 5
2009-10 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2 4
2010-11 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2 3
2010-11 Republic of Ireland Nations Cup 3 3
2010-11 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 5 2 5
2011-12 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 3 1
2011-12 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 9 2 11
2014-15 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 2
1
1 1
2014-15 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 2 1 1
2015-16 Republic of Ireland International Friendly 1 2
2015-16 Republic of Ireland UEFA European Championship 3 3


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Sep 1992 Romania v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA U18 Group 11
29 Sep 1992 Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland W 2-3 UEFA U18 Group 11
26 Oct 1992 Republic of Ireland v Romania D 1-1 UEFA U18 Group 11
19 Oct 1993 Sweden v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 UEFA U18 Group 11
21 Oct 1993 Republic of Ireland v Scotland D 2-2 UEFA U18 Group 11
06 Sep 1994 Latvia v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 UEFA U21 Group 6
15 Nov 1994 England v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA Under-21 Group 6
27 Mar 1995 Republic of Ireland v England L 0-2 UEFA Under-21 Group 6
05 Sep 1995 Austria v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA U21 Group 6
14 Nov 1995 Portugal v Republic of Ireland L 3-1 UEFA U21 Group 6
27 Mar 1996 Republic of Ireland v Russia L 0-2 International Friendly
24 Apr 1996 Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland L 2-0 International Friendly
29 May 1996 Republic of Ireland v Portugal L 0-1 International Friendly
02 Jun 1996 Republic of Ireland v Croatia D 2-2 International Friendly
04 Jun 1996 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland L 3-1 International Friendly
09 Jun 1996 USA v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 US Cup
15 Jun 1996 Republic of Ireland v Bolivia W 3-0 US CUP
31 Aug 1996 Liechtenstein v Republic of Ireland W 0-5 FIFA World Cup Group 8
21 May 1997 Republic of Ireland v Liechtenstein W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
20 Aug 1997 Republic of Ireland v Lithuania D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 8
06 Sep 1997 Iceland v Republic of Ireland W 2-4 FIFA World Cup Group 8
10 Sep 1997 Lithuania v Republic of Ireland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 8
29 Oct 1997 Republic of Ireland v Belgium D 1-1 FIFA World Cup 1st leg play-off
15 Nov 1997 Belgium v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 FIFA World Cup 2nd leg play-off
25 Mar 1998 Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland L 2-1 International Friendly
22 Apr 1998 Republic of Ireland v Argentina L 0-2 International Friendly
23 May 1998 Republic of Ireland v Mexico D 0-0 International Friendly
06 Sep 1998 Republic of Ireland v Croatia W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
14 Oct 1998 Republic of Ireland v Malta W 5-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
18 Nov 1998 Yugoslavia v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
10 Feb 1999 Republic of Ireland v Paraguay W 2-0 International Friendly
28 Apr 1999 Republic of Ireland v Sweden W 2-0 International Friendly
29 May 1999 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland L 0-1 CHARITY OMAGH FUND
26 Apr 2000 Republic of Ireland v Greece L 0-1 International Friendly
11 Jun 2000 Republic of Ireland v South Africa W 2-1 US NIKE CUP
15 Nov 2000 Republic of Ireland v Finland W 3-0 International Friendly
24 Mar 2001 Cyprus v Republic of Ireland W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
28 Mar 2001 Andorra v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
25 Apr 2001 Republic of Ireland v Andorra W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
02 Jun 2001 Republic of Ireland v Portugal D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Jun 2001 Estonia v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Aug 2001 Republic of Ireland v Croatia D 2-2 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Republic of Ireland v Netherlands W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Oct 2001 Republic of Ireland v Cyprus W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
10 Nov 2001 Republic of Ireland v Iran W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe v Asia play-off
15 Nov 2001 Iran v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe v Asia play-off
13 Feb 2002 Republic of Ireland v Russia W 2-0 International Friendly
17 Apr 2002 Republic of Ireland v USA W 2-1 International Friendly
16 May 2002 Republic of Ireland v Nigeria L 1-2 International Friendly
01 Jun 2002 Republic of Ireland v Cameroon D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
05 Jun 2002 Germany v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
11 Jun 2002 Saudi Arabia v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
16 Jun 2002 Spain v Republic of Ireland L 1-1 (2-3) FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
21 Aug 2002 Finland v Republic of Ireland W 0-3 International Friendly
07 Sep 2002 Russia v Republic of Ireland L 4-2 UEFA European Championship Group 10
16 Oct 2002 Republic of Ireland v Switzerland L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 10
20 Nov 2002 Greece v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Georgia v Republic of Ireland W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 10
02 Apr 2003 Albania v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 10
30 Apr 2003 Republic of Ireland v Norway W 1-0 International Friendly
07 Jun 2003 Republic of Ireland v Albania W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 10
11 Jun 2003 Republic of Ireland v Georgia W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 10
06 Sep 2003 Republic of Ireland v Russia D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 10
11 Oct 2003 Switzerland v Republic of Ireland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group 10
18 Nov 2003 Republic of Ireland v Canada W 3-0 International Friendly
18 Feb 2004 Republic of Ireland v Brazil D 0-0 International Friendly
31 Mar 2004 Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic W 2-1 International Friendly
28 Apr 2004 Poland v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 International Friendly
27 May 2004 Republic of Ireland v Romania W 1-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 2004 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 International Friendly
18 Aug 2004 Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria D 1-1 International Friendly
04 Sep 2004 Republic of Ireland v Cyprus W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
08 Sep 2004 Switzerland v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
09 Oct 2004 France v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
13 Oct 2004 Republic of Ireland v Faroe Islands W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
16 Nov 2004 Republic of Ireland v Croatia W 1-0 International Friendly
10 Feb 2005 Republic of Ireland v Portugal W 1-0 International Friendly
26 Mar 2005 Israel v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
04 Jun 2005 Republic of Ireland v Israel D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
08 Jun 2005 Faroe Islands v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
17 Aug 2005 Republic of Ireland v Italy L 1-2 International Friendly
07 Sep 2005 Republic of Ireland v France L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
08 Oct 2005 Cyprus v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
12 Oct 2005 Republic of Ireland v Switzerland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
01 Mar 2006 Republic of Ireland v Sweden W 3-0 International Friendly
24 May 2006 Republic of Ireland v Chile L 0-1 International Friendly
02 Sep 2006 Germany v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group D
15 Nov 2006 Republic of Ireland v San Marino W 5-0 UEFA European Championship Group D
24 Mar 2007 Republic of Ireland v Wales W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group D
28 Mar 2007 Republic of Ireland v Slovakia W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group D
08 Sep 2007 Slovakia v Republic of Ireland D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Group D
12 Sep 2007 Czech Republic v Republic of Ireland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group D
13 Oct 2007 Republic of Ireland v Germany D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group D
17 Oct 2007 Republic of Ireland v Cyprus D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group D
17 Nov 2007 Wales v Republic of Ireland D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Group D
06 Feb 2008 Republic of Ireland v Brazil L 0-1 International Friendly
20 Aug 2008 Norway v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 International Friendly
06 Sep 2008 Georgia v Republic of Ireland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
10 Sep 2008 Montenegro v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
15 Oct 2008 Republic of Ireland v Cyprus W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
19 Nov 2008 Republic of Ireland v Poland L 2-3 International Friendly
11 Feb 2009 Republic of Ireland v Georgia W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
28 Mar 2009 Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
01 Apr 2009 Italy v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
29 May 2009 Republic of Ireland v Nigeria D 1-1 International Friendly
06 Jun 2009 Bulgaria v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
12 Aug 2009 Republic of Ireland v Australia L 0-3 International Friendly
05 Sep 2009 Cyprus v Republic of Ireland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
10 Oct 2009 Republic of Ireland v Italy D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
14 Oct 2009 Republic of Ireland v Montenegro D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 8
14 Nov 2009 Republic of Ireland v France L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe play-off
18 Nov 2009 France v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe play-off
02 Mar 2010 Republic of Ireland v Brazil L 0-2 International Friendly
11 Aug 2010 Republic of Ireland v Argentina L 0-1 International Friendly
03 Sep 2010 Armenia v Republic of Ireland W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group B
07 Sep 2010 Republic of Ireland v Andorra W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group B
08 Oct 2010 Republic of Ireland v Russia L 2-3 UEFA European Championship Group B
12 Oct 2010 Slovakia v Republic of Ireland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group B
17 Nov 2010 Republic of Ireland v Norway L 1-2 International Friendly
08 Feb 2011 Republic of Ireland v Wales W 3-0 Nations Cup
24 May 2011 Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland W 5-0 Nations Cup
29 May 2011 Republic of Ireland v Scotland W 1-0 Nations Cup
04 Jun 2011 FYR Macedonia v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group B
10 Aug 2011 Republic of Ireland v Croatia D 0-0 International Friendly
02 Sep 2011 Republic of Ireland v Slovakia D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group B
06 Sep 2011 Russia v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group B
07 Oct 2011 Andorra v Republic of Ireland W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group B
11 Oct 2011 Republic of Ireland v Armenia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group B
11 Nov 2011 Estonia v Republic of Ireland W 0-4 UEFA European Championship Play-off 1st leg
15 Nov 2011 Republic of Ireland v Estonia D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Play-off 2nd leg
29 Feb 2012 Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic D 1-1 International Friendly
04 Jun 2012 Hungary v Republic of Ireland D 0-0 International Friendly
10 Jun 2012 Republic of Ireland v Croatia L 1-3 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
14 Jun 2012 Spain v Republic of Ireland L 4-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
18 Jun 2012 Italy v Republic of Ireland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
03 Sep 2014 Republic of Ireland v Oman W 2-0 International Friendly
18 Nov 2014 Republic of Ireland v USA W 4-1 International Friendly
29 Mar 2015 Republic of Ireland v Poland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group D
07 Jun 2015 Republic of Ireland v England D 0-0 International Friendly
13 Jun 2015 Republic of Ireland v Scotland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group D
04 Sep 2015 Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland W 0-4 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group D
07 Sep 2015 Republic of Ireland v Georgia W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group D
08 Oct 2015 Republic of Ireland v Germany W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Qualifying group D
31 May 2016 Republic of Ireland v Belarus L 1-2 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.