Shay Given has been fighting all his life. From tragically losing his mother, Agnes, when aged just 5, to being written off as too small for a goalkeeper, the proud Irishman has spent his entire career proving his critics wrong.
From his first desperately homesick days at Celtic – after turning down Manchester United aged just 16 – to the modern day, Given is a goalkeeper who has never stopped trying to better himself – as a footballer and as a man
– and his autobiography details all the highs and lows of a 20-year career at the very top of his profession.
Shay lifts the lid on what life was really like at Newcastle, how Kenny Dalglish
and Bobby Robson inspired him, how Alan Shearer coped under the immense pressure of being a local boy at a club desperate for success and he also tells, for the first time, the reason Mike Ashley wanted him out of the club after 12 years dedicated service.
Crammed with tales about the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Craig Bellamy, Mario Balotelli, Shearer, Robson, Roberto Mancini, Martin O’Neill and many more, Given also tells his version of the infamous Saipan incident involving Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy and outlines his heartbreak at the loss of his close friend, Gary Speed, in 2011.
Few players have seen as much as Shay. Now is the time to hear from the man himself about a life and career that defied all the odds.