The parents of Gary Speed have been overwhelmed by the support of the football community since the sad loss of their son in November 2011.
On Tuesday they were honoured once again to be remembered, as they were presented with a magnificent artwork commemorating their son.
The black and white mosaic portrait of the late Newcastle star Gary Speed was gifted to his parents Roger and Carol by the National Football Museum.
The piece had been on display at the Museum in Manchester but had been taken down to make way for other exhibits.
Robert Lally was the artist who created the piece and through a friend of the Speed family, came up with the idea of presenting the Gary Speed artwork to the couple in order to coincide with their golden wedding anniversary.
The presentation duly took place yesterday (Tuesday) and Robert Lally was there for the presentation:
“It was the impact of Gary’s death that inspired me really. It was a gut feeling that I had to do something in memory of Gary that would go on display. I felt like it was something that was needed and would be perfect for the National Football Museum.
“The museum decided to take it down a while ago and I have a mutual friend with the Speed family and we came up with the idea between us to give them this mosaic as a gift for their golden anniversary. It has been about six months in the planning between us all.
“When I gave it to them we were all overcome with emotion.”
The mosaic features individually hand cut pieces of ceramic tile and is based on a picture taken during the Wales v England international match in 2011.
On accepting the wonderful tribute to his son, Roger Speed said:
“My friend John Martin spotted it at the museum and organised for us to go. I believe it’s worth around £10,000 and it was wonderful when we found out. It’s brilliant, much better than a painting.”