Shay Given began his career with the Celtic youth team before he left the Scottish Premiership giants to sign for Blackburn Rovers. In his first season as a Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper, the club won the Premier League title under the guidance of Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, who’s popularly known as King Kenny.

Tim Flowers was the first choice goalkeeper at Blackburn Rovers during their Premier League title-winning campaign. Shay Given was unable to displace him from the number one position following his arrival from Celtic. The Irishman spent two separate loan spells at Swindon Town as he was unable to secure a place in the Blackburn Rovers starting XI.