Steve Harper sends heartwarming message to Shay Given after Aston Villa win

The ex-Newcastle United goalkeeper congratulated his former team-mate as Aston Villa knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup semi-finals.

For years, they were two pees in a pod. Shay Given was the Newcastle no.1 and Steve Harper his trusted deputy for the Magpies.

They've both since moved on but the bond remains, as Harper showed on Twitter by messaging Given after the now Aston Villa goalkeeper helped his side beat Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final.

A vibrant and dynamic Aston Villa side eliminated the Reds at Wembley and booked another berth at the famous national stadium for the FA Cup final.

For Given, the story is extra special, with the veteran back in the Villa side after spending so long in Brad Guzan's shadow.

As such, the congratulations poured in on social media from his former team-mate at Newcastle.

Seventeen years is certainly a long time - and 39 a grand old age in football. Given and co deserve all the credit in the world for steering Aston Villa back to Wembley for a final.

It's a shame things aren't going so smoothly for their former club over at Newcastle, of course, although that's not quite for them to worry about anymore.

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