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Newcastle friendly will raise funds for Gary Speed charity

9 years ago

Newcastle United fans heading to Sheffield on Sunday 26 July, will be helping to raise funds for a charity set up by Gary Speed’s family.

The Chris Morgan testimonial match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United will see three charities benefit.

Morgan donating to two charities local to Sheffield, plus the Trust set up after Speed’s death.

Gary Speed managed the Blades after finishing his playing days, before then taking on the Wales job.

Chris Morgan played under Gary Speed for Sheffield United and also counted him as a good friend.

The friendly/testimonial has a 1pm kick-off and is one of a number of games arranged after Newcastle return from training and playing friendlies in America.

Morgan explains why he chose this particular charity:

“He was an ex-colleague of mine and his family set up a Trust when he sadly passed away.

“With the fixture being against Newcastle, and Gary being a legend in both camps, it all fits.

“I am going to have a meeting with Gary’s Dad as well and look to try and get them involved.”

“They (charities) are important to me. If I have helped in any way to raise money then the privileged position that I have held through my playing career and now my coaching career I am proud of that, as well if I have helped in a little way or a large way.”

The Trust set up following Gary Speed’s death, has been raising money to help promote grassroots sports to take place across the country, with the aim of giving the next generation of sportsmen and women the chance to develop.

Full details of Newcastle United’s friendly schedule can be seen HERE.


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