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Outstanding Harty Bags Windfall For Hometown Club

Outstanding Harty Bags Windfall For Hometown Club

City and England Number One Joe Hart who was in dominant form again last night, this time in England's 4-0 win over Bulgaria, has landed Shrewsbury Town £500,000...

A string of vital saves against the Bulgarians in his first full England competitive debut confirmed Harty as England's first choice goalkeeper without a shadow of doubt.

One of four Manchester City stars to represent England last night, the sky is now the limit for the Shropshire born stopper.

Thanks to starting the game last night, Shrewsbury Town have netted half a million pounds from Manchester City.

Hart's transfer to the then Stuart Pearce led Citizens from The Shrews on 22nd May 2006 for £600,000 had a clause in it which has now been triggered ensuring The Shrews benefit from an early season windfall.

Speaking before last night's win, Harty said:

'That will be huge for the club. It is huge money for a team like that and I am pleased for them.'

From the Conference with The Shrews to Wembley with England in six years. Not bad, not bad.

Joe Hart Factfile:
Born: 19 April 1987 - 23 yrs old
Height: 6 ft 5 in
Weight: 14 stone 5 lbs

City Debut:
14 October 2006 v Sheffield United 0-0
City of Manchester Stadium. Att: 42,192

City: Hart, Richards, Dunne, Distin, Jordan (Miller, 45), Trabelsi, Barton, Hamann (Reyna, 58), Sinclair, Samaras, Corradi (Dickov, 70)

Subs not used: Schmeichel, Johnson

England Debut:
1 June 2008 v Trinidad & Tobago 3-0
Port of Spain. Att: 25,001

England: James (Hart, 45), Ferdinand (Jagielka, 46), Beckham (Bentley, 46) , Ashton (Crouch, 47), Johnson, Woodgate, Bridge (Warnock, 84), Barry, Gerrard, Downing (Young, 57), Defoe (Walcott, 69)

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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday September 4 2010
Time: 9:00AM


what a keeper this guy already is. he showed in the first game of the season against us what he can do but he has taken that form to the international level which is a big achievement. he had alot of eyes on him, its like we've come tyo expect mistakes from an england no.1 but hart is different.
04/09/2010 09:34:00
Delighted for Hart, for a young keeper he displays incredible maturity, just hope if he does make a blunder while playing for England that the tabloids don't repeat their usual trick of scapegoating their national teams goalkeepers, as we have seen many a young English keepers career suffer through lack of confidence, after being on the end of a tabloid witch hunt. Hat's off to Shrewsbury for their shrewd bit of business in putting this clause in Harty's sale to City.
04/09/2010 16:29:00
Delighted for Shrewsbury. No wonder he was head boy, he's obviously head and shoulders above most. Mainly due to him, England were flattered by the score again, but there's hope that some of the younger guys will grow into the job. In the current poll, I don't know enough to be able to separate them yet. I'd have to say, on the one game he's played, that Boateng looks like a real winner. He seems to have the speed of Bellamy and the vision of Xabi Alonso; and they say he's a center-back?! For sure, in a number of positions, he'd walk into the England team. My impression is that Yaya is older than 24....?
roy harper
04/09/2010 16:55:00
Roy, you are spot on. Yaya is in fact 27 years old. We will ensure that Alan Kernaghan is put straight!!
Johnny Baguette
04/09/2010 18:05:00
It always feels that much better when the player was part of the youth setup. Signed from Shrewsbury yes, but he had a lot of training and growing in the City youth system and I believe that is one of the reasons most City fans favour him over the also excellent Given. To have your #1 come from the youth ranks and also solidify him as the nation's #1 is quite satisfying, especially for fans of our club where the youth system has often been one of our few crowning achievements over the years. My dream for City is producing an English star striker from the academy and have him play for us - Daniel Sturridge could have been that but (ironically, I know) left for a bigger payday at Chelsea.
04/09/2010 18:19:00
Joe Hart is worth every penny, and then some. Hats off to Steve Wigley, if there was one decent thing he did for us it was recommending Joe Hart. He also recommended Matty Mills...
04/09/2010 21:21:00
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