What is Shay Given’s height, net worth and where does he live now?

What is Shay Given’s height, net worth and where does he live now?

Kevin Omuya
updated at January 20, 2024 at 7:37 AM
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In the annals of the Premier League, Shay Given is considered a legend among goalkeepers. The gifted Irish star has transitioned from playing football to coaching since retiring. He spent most of his playing career in goal and became famous during his tenure with Newcastle United. Shay Given's height is one aspect that has consistently set him apart in the game.

Shay Given
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given pictured before the EPL match between Newcastle United and Everton FC at St. James Park on October 19, 2022. Photo: Serena Taylor
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During his prime, Given was widely considered among the top goalkeepers in Premier League history and among the all-time greats in Irish football. Though short, he made up for it with a reputation as fearless and elegant, with superb reflexes and a firm grasp of his domain. However, he had faced accusations regarding his effectiveness in handling crosses.

Profile summary



Full name

Shay Given



Date of birth

April 20, 1976

Place of birth

Lifford, Donegal, Ireland


47 years old as of January 2024






1.85m (6'1")


84kg (185lbs)

Marital status



Jane Cunningham (2001-2014), Becky Gibson (2013)




Professional goalkeeper

Net worth

$3.6 million

Social media

Instagram, X (Twitter)

Shay Given's biography

Shay was born on April 20, 1976, in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland, and he is the son of Seamus Given (father) and Agnes Given (mother).

Shay Given's height and weight

The Irish goalkeeper stands at a height of 1.85m or 6'1" and weighs 84kg or 185lbs. Given may not be the tallest goalkeeper in the sport's history, but his stature has been a significant asset throughout his illustrious career.

Who did Shay Given play for?

Where does Shay Given live now?
Shay Given of Aston Villa in action during an Aston Villa training session at the club's training ground, Bodymoor Heath, on April 19, 2013, in Birmingham, England. Photo: Neville Williams
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Even though he never made it onto the first team, Given spent time training with Celtic's youth squad in Scotland as a teenager. He joined Blackburn Rovers in 1994 and spent three years there, during which he went on loan to Swindon Town twice.

After that, in 1997, Given joined Newcastle United, where he remained until 2009. He played in 344 league games during his 12-year stint at St. James' Park.

The goalkeeper originally signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Manchester City in February 2009. He debuted in 2011 for Aston Villa and spent November 2013 on loan with Middlesbrough.

Stoke City released Given following the 2016–17 season, even though he had signed a two-year deal with the club in July 2015. At the age of 42, Given retired from football in April 2018.

The superstar scored a UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2011 while playing for Newcastle, and he finished as runner-up in the FA Cup twice (in 1998 and 2015). The athlete competed for Ireland internationally during the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

In 2011, he helped lead his team to victory at the Nations Cup. With 134 caps, he trails only Robbie Keane in terms of most caps earned by a Republic of Ireland player. In November 2021, he joined the Newcastle Hall of Fame.

Shay Given's stats

Shay Given stats
Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given, on April 11, 2010. Photo: Nigel French
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An honour bestowed upon Shay Given at the 32nd FAI International Awards was induction into the FAI Hall of Fame. For the fourth year in a row, a male and female recipient has been honoured in this category; Given was the latest to join Linda Gorman.

Based in Lifford, Given has made 134 appearances for the Republic of Ireland Men's Senior Team, recording 60 clean sheets. He is one of six centurions in this squad.

In addition to representing Ireland at the 2012 and 2016 Uefa European Championships, Given was an exceptional goalkeeper who competed at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. In the 20 years that followed his international career, he captained the squad six times.

With Manchester City, Given won the FA Cup; with Newcastle United, he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup; twice, he was named to the PFA Premier League Team of the Year. While playing for his club, Given set a record for Irish players with 451 Premier League appearances.

Coaching and broadcasting career

Shay Given's career
Shay Given as a TV pundit for Sky Sports at St. James Park on May 7, 2023, in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
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Derby County promoted Given from goalkeeping coach to first-team coach after being appointed in June 2018. In the summer of 2021, he resigned from his position.

Among Given's many appearances as a pundit for RTE are the 2020 European Championship and Nations League matches. He also did commentary for Amazon, Sky Sports, and BT Sport.

Shay Given's awards and achievements

In addition to being named to the Premier League Team of the Season in 2001–02 and 2005–06, Given was a member of the FA Cup runners-up teams in 1998 and 1999. With Newcastle, he competed in the UEFA Cup and Champions League and was a part of the team's 2001–02 title run.


  • Football League First Division: 1995–96

Swindon Town

  • Football League Second Division: 1995–96

Newcastle United

  • FA Cup: runner-up 1997–98
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2006

Manchester City

  • FA Cup: 2010–11

Aston Villa

  • FA Cup runner-up: 2014–15

Republic of Ireland

  • Nations Cup: 2011

Individual awards

  • PFA Team of the Year: 2001–02 Premier League, 2005–06 Premier League
  • North-East FWA Player of the Year: 2002, 2006
  • Newcastle United Player of the Year: 2004–05, 2005–06
  • FAI Senior International Player of the Year: 2005, 2006

Is Shay Given married?

Shy Given's wife
Shay Given and wife Jane Given attend Fashion Kicks at Lancashire County Cricket Club on May 15, 2011, in Manchester, England. Photo: Shirlaine Forrest
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His son Shay Jr. and daughter Sienna are his children from his marriage to Jane Cunningham from 2001 until 2014. Becky Gibson has been Shay's girlfriend since 2013, and they have two daughters together.

In 2015, the happy couple became engaged, and in the same year, they welcomed a daughter, Gracie. In 2017, they welcomed their second child, a daughter named Cassie Elsa Given.

Shay Given's sister

The former Ireland goalkeeper Jacqueline Given is Shay Given's sister. Alan Clancy was her spouse. In Doonbeg, County Clare, the bride was married to publican Alan Clancy, who owns several popular spots frequented by celebrities, such as House in Dublin and The Old Warehouse in Tullamore.

Many well-known Dublin and Irish venues, such as 37 Dawson, House, Xico, Mrs Robinson in Greystones, The Fence in Mullingar, and the Oyster Tavern in Cork—recently named the "Best Cork Vintners Federation of Ireland Pub"—are the brainchildren of Alan Clancy and the NolaClan Group.

What is Shay Given's net worth?

Some sources state Given's net worth is close to £2.8 million ($3.6 million). He has accumulated quite a fortune after a successful playing career.

Final word

Shay Given's height is a distinctive feature of his goalkeeping profile. Despite not being among the tallest goalkeepers, Given's impact on the pitch has transcended his physical stature. Given's numerous awards and achievements, including being part of the winning squads, highlight the depth of his impact in football.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.