The Cheshire Police released the following statement earlier today.

“At 7.08am this morning, Sunday 27 November, police were informed of an incident at Aldford Road, Huntington. Officers went to the scene where a 42-year-old man was found dead. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and next of kin have been informed.”

When somebody famous dies, it is a fine balance when you talk about their passing, when you aren’t close family or a personal friend.

No doubt all kinds of things will be written in the media regarding the events surrounding Gary Speed’s death, sadly experience tells us that not all of that will be true.

Gary Speed wasn’t somebody close to me but I have to say I was shocked when I heard the news and felt a sadness that for whatever reason he’d decided to end his life. On the surface a man with everything to live for but you just don’t know what is going on in somebody else’s head.

A close friend who I’d known since school did something similar a number of years ago, everything going for him but had convinced himself that taking such a drastic step was best for him and his family. It didn’t matter that it didn’t make sense to anybody else, he couldn’t see beyond what he thought and felt.

As Newcastle fans we knew Gary Speed as a very good player and character, honest and decent, a million miles away from the attitude displayed by so many players in the modern game, both for Newcastle and beyond.

One of Sir Bobby’s ‘blue chip’ players, Gary brought out the best in players like Kieron Dyer and was instrumental in the top four finishes & Champions League adventures, as well as the FA Cup runs, in his time at St.James’ Park.

I was lucky enough to interview Gary for The Mag a number of times and he was always a pleasure to talk to, plus he always acknowledged me whenever I was at the training ground etc seeing anybody else, not a big deal you might think but maybe you haven’t met many of our past players.

A high profile player but a down to earth character, it won’t be just Newcastle United fans who will miss such a figure

 

  • gavnufc85

    Absolutely gutted when I seen the news this morning, great player and the ultimate role model. One of my true heroes under Sir Bobby in which was a great period for the club – RIP

  • Wardy 1963

    Very, very sad news.

  • gussie

    Shocking news. He seemed a genuine “good guy”. His champions league goals alone will never be forgotten. A great leader and player for the Toon.

  • Garrybrown42

    A very sad day for football.

  • Peterelittle

    Thinking of all Your Family And Friends GOD BLESS

  • Mick1hullakleen

    Such a sad loss never gave less than 100% in every game I saw him play and you can’t ask for any more. A true Toon legend our thoughts go to his family & friends RIP Gary

  • BryB

    Incredibly sad news, Just awful.
    R.I.P. Speedo

  • Nick from MK

    Such sad and tragic news – our prayers are with Gary’s family and his close friends and colleagues. He was, as Sir Bobby said, a ‘blue chip’ player – someone who always got the job done and never gave in. A worthy receipient of the MBE. God Bless Gary – and thanks for the memories.

  • Anonymous

    So so sad. Difficult to comprehend and even more so since listening to all the positive character references attributed to him.

  • R.I.P gary ..always gave 100% no matter which club he played for a great loss

  • He knows who I am xxx

    I love you still RIP beautiful xxxx