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Don Givens
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Joseph Givens
Date of birth August 9, 1949 (1949-08-09) (age 60)
Place of birth    Limerick, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Republic of Ireland (Coach)
Youth career
1966-1969 Manchester United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1969-1970
1970-1972
1972-1978
1978-1981
1981
1981-1982
1982-1987
Manchester United
Luton Town
Queens Park Rangers
Birmingham City
Bournemouth (loan)
Sheffield United
Neuchâtel Xamax
008 00(1)
083 0(19)
242 0(76)
059 0(10)
005 00(4)
011 00(3)
149 0(34)   
National team
1969-1981 Republic of Ireland 056 0(19)
Teams managed
1993-1997
1997-2000
2000
2002
2007-2008
Neuchâtel Xamax (Youth Coach), (Coach)
Arsenal (Youth Coach)
Republic of Ireland U21
Republic of Ireland (Caretaker)
Republic of Ireland (Caretaker)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Daniel Joseph "Don" Givens (born 9 August 1949 in Limerick, Ireland) is a football player and coach, and the current Republic of Ireland U21 team manager. He was part of the FAI's three man selection committee in helping to select the new Ireland manager.

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Club career

A centre forward, Givens started his career at Manchester United in 1968, making a scoring debut against Shamrock Rovers in May 1969 but he played just 8 games before moving to Luton Town. He played for Queens Park Rangers from 1972 to 1978, where he became a first team player, making 243 appearances and scoring 76 goals for the club. He helped them win promotion to the old First Division in his first season with the club, scoring 23 times in their victorious campaign. As a First division striker, the next few years would see him reach his peak, scoring a combined 49 goals in four seasons and helping QPR hold onto their top-flight status. After an unsuccessful season in 1977-1978, scoring just 4 goals in 37 appearances, he parted ways with QPR, and his career took him to Birmingham City, Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Neuchâtel Xamax. His time at Sheffield United will forever be remembered for the time he missed a last minute penalty in the last match of the 1980-81 season against Walsall at Bramall Lane in the old third division. If he had scored, The Saddlers would have been relegated, instead it was Sheffield United who were consigned to the 4th division for the first (and only) time in their history. In 1982, escaping the negativity of his time at Sheffield United, Givens moved to Switzerland to play for Neuchâtel Xamax. He would make 144 appearances for them, scoring 34 goals. He retired from club football in 1987.

International career

Givens made 56 appearances for the senior team between 1969 and 1982, scoring 19 goals, including a record four goal haul against Turkey, and becoming his country's leading goalscorer for a period. He currently ranks joint fourth on that list along with Tony Cascarino, behind Frank Stapleton on 20, Niall Quinn on 21 and Robbie Keane on 41 and still counting.

Givens time in an Ireland shirt was one of frustration. He began playing during the ill-fated 1970 World Cup qualifying campaign, when an Irish team with great names including Givens, Mick Meagan and John Giles, could not find enough consistency to make an impact, and finished last in a group containing Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Denmark. Givens did open his competitive scoring account for Ireland with goals against Hungary and Denmark.

In the following 1972 European Championship and subsequent 1974 World Cup, Ireland faced tough opposition and never found themselves in with a chance of qualification. Givens did not score in either of these tournaments.

The 1976 European Championship qualifiers pitted Ireland against the U.S.S.R. again, along with Turkey and Switzerland. The winner of this group would have to play-off against the winner of another group to determine the qualifier. This may have seemed a bridge too far but it would prove to be Givens finest moment in a green shirt as he scored a hat-trick against the U.S.S.R. to give Ireland a 3-0 win in the opening game and a fighting chance of making that play-off. He scored again in a 1-1 draw against Turkey in Izmir. Ireland had peaked too early in the group though, and after a 2-1 loss to the U.S.S.R in Kiev and a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland in Berne, Ireland last match against Turkey was not expected to mean anything, since the Soviets were already a point ahead with a game in hand. Even an win meant that the U.S.S.R. would need only two points in their final two games to finish on top. Ireland won the game 4-0, with Givens scoring all four goals, the first and only time an Irish player has done this. But it was not enough and the U.S.S.R. went on to top the group.

In the 1978 World Cup, Ireland was paired with France again, and Bulgaria. Ireland beat France 1-0 in their new home stadium, Lansdowne Road, but lost 2-0 in Paris. Givens scored in Sofia, but it was a consolation as Ireland Lost 2-1 and subsequently went out of the World Cup with a 0-0 draw in the final game against Bulgaria at Lansdowne Road.

For the 1980 European Championships, Ireland was drawn in a Group alongside England, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Denmark. It was a disappointing campaign for Givens, who, despite scoring against Denmark, was unable to make an impact in a group where Ireland would manage just two wins from eight games.

By the 1982 World Cup, Ireland had acquired a world class team, with Liam Brady, Frank Stapleton, Mark Lawrenson, Chris Houghton, Gerry Daly and others, and there was excitement that this team could not only qualify fot the World Cup, they could make some waves there. It was therefore devastating to the team to hear their draw: Belgium, France, Holland, Cyprus. Ireland would end up losing out to France on goal difference, but Givens was no longer the main threat, and Givens last appearance for Ireland was in the 3-2 win at home to France.

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Don Givens International Games and Goals

Scores and results list Ireland's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored(time)
1969-27-05 Away Denmark 0-2 World Cup Qualifier
1969-08-06 Home Hungary 1-2 World Cup Qualifier 1 (60 Mins)
1969-21-09 Home Scotland 1-2 Friendly 1 (11 Mins)
1969-07-10 Away Czechoslovakia 3-0 World Cup Qualifier
1969-15-10 Home Denmark 1-1 World Cup Qualifier 1 (10 Mins)
1969-05-11 Away Hungary 0-4 World Cup Qualifier
1970-06-05 Home Poland 1-2 Friendly 1 (84 Mins)
1970-09-05 Away West Germany 1-2 Friendly
1970-14-10 Home Sweden 1-1 European Cup Qualifier
1970-08-12 Away Italy 0-3 European Cup Qualifier
1971-10-05 Home Italy 1-2 European Cup Qualifier
1971-30-05 Home Austria 1-4 European Cup Qualifier
1972-11-06 Neutral Iran 1-2 Friendly 1 (67 Mins)
1972-18-06 Neutral Ecuador 3-2 Friendly
1972-25-06 Neutral Portugal 1-2 Friendly
1972-15-11 Home France 2-1 World Cup Qualifier
1973-13-05 Away U.S.S.R. 0-1 World Cup Qualifier
1973-16-05 Away Poland 0-2 Friendly
1973-19-05 Away France 1-1 World Cup Qualifier
1973-06-06 Away Norway 1-1 Friendly
1973-21-10 Home Poland 1-0 Friendly
1974-05-05 Away Brazil 1-2 Friendly
1974-08-05 Away Uruguay 0-2 Friendly
1974-12-05 Away Chile 2-1 Friendly
1974-30-10 Home U.S.S.R. 3-0 European Cup Qualifier 3 (22, 30, 70 mins)
1974-20-11 Away Turkey 1-1 European Cup Qualifier 1 (61 mins)
1975-01-03 Home West Germany B 1-0 Friendly
1975-10-05 Home Switzerland 2-1 European Cup Qualifier
1975-18-05 Away U.S.S.R. 1-2 European Cup Qualifier
1975-21-05 Away Switzerland 0-1 European Cup Qualifier
1975-29-10 Home Turkey 4-0 European Cup Qualifier 4 (25, 28, 34, 88 mins)
1976-24-03 Home Norway 3-0 Friendly
1976-26-05 Away Poland 2-0 Friendly 2 (5, 11 mins)
1976-08-09 Away England 1-1 Friendly
1976-13-10 Away Turkey 3-3 Friendly
1976-17-11 Away France 0-2 World Cup Qualifier
1977-09-02 Home Spain 0-1 Friendly
1977-30-03 Home France 1-0 World Cup Qualifier
1977-01-06 Away Bulgaria 1-2 World Cup Qualifier 1 (66 mins)
1977-12-10 Home Bulgaria 0-0 World Cup Qualifier
1978-21-05 Away Norway 0-0 Friendly
1978-24-05 Away Denmark 3-3 European Cup Qualifier
1978-20-09 Home N. Ireland 0-0 European Cup Qualifier
1978-25-10 Home England 1-1 European Cup Qualifier
1979-02-05 Home Denmark 2-0 European Cup Qualifier 1 (66 mins)
1979-19-05 Away Bulgaria 0-1 European Cup Qualifier
1979-22-05 Home West Germany 1-3 Friendly
1979-29-10 Home USA 3-2 Friendly 1 (66 mins)
1979-21-11 Away N. Ireland 0-1 European Cup Qualifier
1980-06-02 Away England 0-2 European Cup Qualifier
1980-04-30 Home Switzerland 0-2 European Cup Qualifier 1 (12 mins)
1980-16-05 Home Argentina 0-1 Friendly
1980-10-09 Home Netherlands 2-1 World Cup Qualifier
1980-15-10 Home Belgium 1-1 World Cup Qualifier
1980-19-11 Home Cyprus 6-0 World Cup Qualifier
1981-24-02 Home Wales 1-3 Friendly
1981-14-10 Home France 3-2 World Cup Qualifier

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