No disrespect to Tim Krul but Shay Given is easily my favourite ever Newcastle keeper.

A class act who was up there with the very best when he was at St. James’ Park, being voted into the PFA Premier League team of the season by his fellow professionals.

Now though Given will be in opposition and is dreaming of playing.

However, returning to a ‘special place’ he will almost certainly only be on the bench.

The former Newcastle keeper hasn’t played a single Premier League match this season and is behind Guzan in the pecking order.

In the Cups though, Shay Given has been given games and his three victories in FA Cup matches so far this season is only two less than the number of wins Guzan has experienced in 26 league games so far.

Shay Given:

“I will always look forward to going back to Newcastle. I was there for nearly 12 years of my life and it is one of the venues I obviously really enjoy returning to.

“I’ll always have fond memories going back to St James’ Park and I’m relishing this weekend, I’d love to go up there and play with Villa.”

Special place:

“It’s a special place to play football and the fans were great to me over the years there.

“It’s a great place but come matchday it’s all about the three points for us. I want to win the game and get the victory.”

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