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Shay Given says this year could be one of change for Manchester City. Photo: Getty Images

Shay Given says this year could be one of change for Manchester City. Photo: Getty Images

Shay Given says this year could be one of change for Manchester City. Photo: Getty Images

EVEN Donegal's golden boy is struggling to get tickets for their big date with the Dubs.

Soccer might be the sport of choice for Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, but he'll be wearing his heart on his sleeve as his native county walks into GAA headquarters on Sunday.

But with 82,300 tickets already snapped up, the Aston Villa man is unlikely to get a prized seat inside Croke Park.

His stepmum Margaret revealed to the Herald that the Lifford family are huge GAA fans but won't be able to join the 20,000 Donegal supporters travelling to the capital for the All Ireland semi-final.

"We tried to get tickets to the match, but they were all gone," Margaret revealed.

"All the tickets allocated to Donegal clubs were gone really quickly. We'll have to enjoy it on TV."

Given, who is preparing for Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia next week, is a proud GAA fan and regularly keeps up to date with Donegal's on-field exploits.



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"Shay is a big GAA fan, he played as a child and was pretty good -- don't ask me what position he held though," laughed Margaret.

"He'll definitely be supporting Donegal this weekend either way."

The 35-year-old played Gaelic football for his local club and was successful on his school team as a youngster.

People all over Donegal have their team colours draped from their homes and dad Seamus and Margaret have their flags ready to go.

Shay was today busy getting ready for Aston Villa's match against Wolves on Saturday.

"It'll be a big sporting weekend for all of us between the Gaelic and the soccer, we're really looking forward to it," Margaret added. The star goalie will arrive on home shores next week to join his national squad ahead of the clash with Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium.

Meanwhile, neighbour and Ireland legend Packie Bonner is another star sure to be whipping out the county colours on Sunday. The 51-year-old is an avid GAA fan.

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