Former Republic Of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given spent years providing us with memorable moments as he protected the Irish net from some of the best footballers in the world.
Winning a total of 134 caps for his country between 1996 and 2016, Given was a key figure through the Mick McCarthy era which culminated in an unforgettable 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and continued to be called upon by managers through the dark days of the mid to late 2000s.
Now, the Donegal man is preparing to release his autobiography which is sure to be snapped up by Irish fans as well as those of Newcastle United where he spent his peak years in the Premier League.
Last week, Shay took to Twitter to ask fans for help with naming his book and some of the responses were great.
— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) September 3, 2017
I Just Called to Shay I Glove You ????
— Kevin Byrne (@KevByrneBox) September 3, 2017
You save it best when you shay nothing at all !
— SID (@geordiesid) September 3, 2017
Zero Fucks Given…. a Shay in the life!
— Matt Alcorn (@AlcornMatt) September 3, 2017
‘I’ve Given my all, what more can I Shay’
— Patrick Bradley (@PatBradley88) September 4, 2017
How lucky is Shay that both his first name and surname lend themselves so brilliantly to a good pun?
In the end he’s plumped with ‘Any Given Saturday’ which of course is a reference to iconic sports movie Any Given Sunday and the fact that he usually played on a Saturday. Clever, right?
So proud to reveal the cover of my book ‘Any Given Saturday’ Thanks for all the support and help with the name ???????? pic.twitter.com/S0tg7aAcFO
— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) September 9, 2017
We just hope we get Given it for Christmas cos we can’t afford to by it right now. Unless we Shay-ve a few quid? Yeah, see yiz later.