On this day in 1994: Given grasps Blackburn opportunity

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Friday 08 August 2014

On this day in 1994: Given grasps Blackburn opportunity

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall teenager Shay Given joining Blackburn Rovers

  • After three years at Blackburn, Shay Given made 354 top-flight appearances for Newcastle

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

8 August 1994 - Given lands Barclays Premier League chance

Barclays Premier League runners-up Blackburn Rovers signed 18-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given from Celtic.

The teenager, who had been part of the youth set-up with the Bhoys, could only look on as starting goalkeeper Tim Flowers helped Blackburn win their first Barclays Premier League title in 1994/95 with his superb performances.

Given enjoyed loan spells at Swindon Town and then Sunderland, whom he helped to win the Championship title by keeping 16 clean sheets in 17 matches in the second half of the 1995/96 campaign.

The shot-stopper stayed in the North East to join Newcastle United, who had finished second in consecutive top-flight seasons, in the summer of 1997. The Magpies were managed by Kenny Dalglish, who signed Given while in charge of Blackburn three seasons earlier.   

It was the start of a 12-year relationship with the Magpies, during which Given made 354 Barclays Premier League appearances for the club. He was ever-present in four of those campaigns while he also helped the club to four top-seven finishes.

The Republic of Ireland international, who played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals, moved to Manchester City in February 2009. He only missed three top-flight matches during his first full season but lost his place to Joe Hart at the start of the following campaign.

In the summer of 2011, the goalkeeper moved on to Aston Villa, where he still remains, although he had a loan spell at Middlesbrough in the 2013/14 campaign. Before retiring from international football in 2012, Given won 125 caps - making him the Republic of Ireland's second-most capped player behind Robbie Keane.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Blackburn signed teenage goalkeeper Shay Given from Scottish club Celtic