Friday, November 24, 2006
Ryan Giggs' Biography
Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Cardiff) is a Welsh football player. He is noted as an outstanding winger and for his lengthy career at just one club, Manchester United.He was born in Wales to father Danny Wilson, a noted Rugby League player, and mother Lynne, but was brought up in England. Danny Wilson was of mixed race and Ryan Giggs has always expressed pride at his mixed heritage.Giggs' current and only club so far is Manchester United. He is their longest-serving current player and has the 3rd highest number of appearances for the club of all time. He is the most decorated footballer in the history of Manchester United, having won eight FA Premier League championships (a record he shares with Liverpool F.C.'s Alan Hansen, Phil Neal and Kenny Dalglish), four FA Cup titles, two League Cup titles and one Champions League.
Giggs played for the England Schoolboys (which all schoolboys in England are eligible to do, regardless of nationality), but plays for the Welsh national team as an adult, once holding the record for being the youngest player to ever play for Wales.He has also won the PFA Young Player of the Year award twice, making him the first player to win the award in consecutive years - a feat matched only by Robbie Fowler and current team-mate Wayne Rooney. Giggs holds many other records, including that of the top all-time scorer in the FA Premier League not to play regularly in the position of striker, and interestingly, as a non-striker, holds the record for scoring Manchester United's fastest goal (15 seconds), set in November 1995 against Southampton F.C., and is one of only two players to have scored in every Premiership campaign (Gary Speed being the other).He also has the honour of scoring Manchester United's greatest goal as voted by the fans. The goal in question was scored in the semi-final of the FA cup in 1999 against Arsenal where Giggs beat 4 defenders (Lee Dixon twice) to score. Giggs's squad number for both Manchester United and Wales is 11. He is known affectionately as The Welsh Wizard to the United faithful.Despite being with Manchester United since 1990, and playing in every season of the Barclays Premier League, the first time Giggs was named Premier League Player of the Month came in August 2006.Giggs is today Vice Captain at Manchester United, playing deputy to Roy Keane when he was captain and as of late 2005, Gary Neville.
Ron Atkinson: After you see Ryan Giggs on the Football Field then you believe in