Get To Know Kieren Westwood

By Donny Mahoney
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So Shay Given has managed to re-injure himself without even playing a game. That's pretty much of every Ireland fan's worst nightmare. So all eyes turn to Coventry City keeper Kieren Westwood. Here's what you should know about him in time for Ireland's Euro qualified with Macedonia:

  • He was born in Manchester
  • He's Scorpio on the cusp
  • He's not Irish as such: “I’m not Irish as such, but I’m a Catholic boy and it’s in my blood through my dad’s mum. I’m only a League One goalkeeper and it would help my chances by moving up to the Championship”, he told The Times in 2008.
  • He was Coventry's player of the season last year.
  • Under Westwood's stewardship, Coventry have the 8th best defense in the Championship this season

Addendum (via Dan McDonnell of the Irish Independent)

  • Westwood missed  Ireland's match with Bulgaria in Sofia because it clashed with his wedding
  • His Christian name is spelled Keiren
  • He did produce the following moment of brilliance last season.

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    So with Given and Keane likely out of next month's qualifier, Irish fans will be provided an unasked-for glimpse into the future. It seems as if the script for another nightmare in Skopje is being prepared.


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