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Gary Speed legacy carried on by his sons

7 years ago

Thursday brought the three year anniversary of Gary Speed’s passing but the good news is that the Newcastle legend’s sons are continuing his football legacy.

Ed, who is 17, is on the books of Welsh Premier League club Airbus, while young brother Tommy who is 16, is an England schoolboys player.

The former Newcastle midfielder’s father, Roger Speed, spoke of his pride in his son and grandsons on the third anniversary of his death, saying that the Welsh squad are determined to qualify for the 2016 Euros in honour of Gary Speed.

The then Wales manager, the final match Speed oversaw was a 4-1 won over Norway. The month after Speed’s death saw FIFA award Wales the title of ‘Best Movers’ of that year, as under Gary Speed they had gained more ranking points than any other nation in 2011.

Roger Speed;

“I’m loving watching Wales. I go to all the home games, I go to the hotel to see the players – I just wish Gary was there with me but I just want everybody to back Chris Coleman (the Wales manager). He’s got them playing well. I know a lot of them are Gary’s players, but they’re playing for Chris.

“They do say they want to qualify for Euro 2016 for Gary , to do it in Gary’s memory. I’d love it if they did it and give us a nice holiday in France.”

Always a welcome at Newcastle;

 “I keep myself busy and I haven’t got a free day in my diary. I go back to all Gary’s old clubs; Newcastle, Everton, they all look after you and are glad to see you.”

Everybody loved Gary;

“Everywhere you go, everybody has only good things to say about Gary. Everybody loved him. It does give you a lift.

“But Carol (Gary Speed’s mother) still struggles. She doesn’t want to get up in the mornings. I love my football, but my wife doesn’t want to know about football which is understandable.”

if you missed it yesterday, made sure you see this fitting video tribute to Gary Speed.


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