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32 GO ON YOUR WAY ACCORDINGLY BY MARC CORBY One of the most annoying traits some of the Newcastle United supporters have is a tendency to pick and focus on a scapegoat on the pitch when the going gets tough but also an apparent obsession of venting fury at the players who have walked away and been branded a ‘Judas’. Now don’t get me wrong, Michael Owen could arguably be our most hated opposition player in recent memory when he returned with Man Utd in April 2011, and rightly so. But without wanting to run the rule over all who lefts God’s Country, the most surprising was listening to a growing number of fans who, over the years, are taking some sort of satisfaction in Shay Given’s rapid fall from grace since departing NE1 in January 2009. Have we really fallen that far that some are interested in slating a man who left the club almost 5 years ago but ultimately served us so well? “ Let’s face facts; Shay Given spat his dummy out once in almost 12 full seasons at the club. . . ” Let’s face facts; Shay Given spat his dummy out once in almost 12 full seasons at the club when he slapped in a transfer request in retaliation to Sir Bobby’s preference towards Steve Harper midway through the 2000-01 season. 10 years later, he was seen to be doing the same at Man City when Joe Hart claimed the gloves. Surely this shows a man who isn’t around to pick up his wages and simply wants to play every game possible? Always the model pro (let’s not forget he was always going to be sold once the right offer came in) not once did he rise to the almost annual speculation that Arsenal were looking for a new keeper. As discontent grew around him resulting in a simple request for Mike As