Last updated : 11 January 2004 By Editor
Newcastle keeper Shay Given:

“When I was a 16-year-old, I came across from Ireland at the
invitation of Sir Alex Ferguson. I got first-class
treatment, but I picked up an injury and I went home to
Ireland. They wanted me back, but to tell the truth, my hero
Peter Schmeichel was the Manchester United keeper at the
time and I could see him being number one choice for a lot
of years which, of course, he was.

“I was young at the time and listened a lot to my father. He
advised me to go to Celtic and that's what I did. But I
cannot complain at the way things have turned out for me.”