Leeds United announce Gary Speed tribute for Newcastle match
A Gary Speed tribute has been announced for Sunday.
Leeds United have asked all fans to join together in the 11th minute for 60 seconds of applause in tribute to the much missed midfielder who turned out for both clubs.
Sunday’s game is exactly one week before the fifth anniversary of the tragically early death of the midfielder.
Leeds have also confirmed that members of Gary Speed’s family will be in attendance at the sold out Leeds v Newcastle clash.
Leeds United Official Announcement:
‘Club urge supporters of both sides to unite.
As we head towards Sunday’s sell out game against Newcastle United, supporters from both clubs are planning to pay respects to a legend, Gary Speed.
Speed was an inspirational icon and wore the famous number 11 shirt for both Leeds and Newcastle, making over 400 combined appearances. His tragic death on 27th November 2011 shook the footballing world, especially supporters at Elland Road and St James’ Park.
Members of the Speed family will be in attendance at Elland Road on Sunday and in the 11th minute of the match we ask supporters of both Leeds United and Newcastle United to join together in a minute’s applause as we near the fifth anniversary of Gary’s passing.
The last time Newcastle United came to Elland Road back in 2003, the game ended in a 2-2 draw with Alan Shearer scoring either side of goals from Mark Viduka and Alan Smith. Whilst United legends such as Lucas Radebe and David Batty featured in white that day, there was also a true Leeds legend lining up in the black and white of Newcastle.’
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