Video: Leeds United Norwegian fan’s Gary Speed tribute causes a stir

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A Leeds United-mad Norwegian rapper is causing a stir with Whites fans at home and abroad.

Songwriter and performer Lars Vaular’s ‘Gary Speed’ tribute song is about his own relationship with the club since the early 1990s.

LEEDS FAN: Lars Vaular in the video for his Leeds United tribute song.

LEEDS FAN: Lars Vaular in the video for his Leeds United tribute song.

Vaular, 28, who has three Spellemann awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist and Best Lyricist in Any Genre in his native Norway, chronicles the ups and downs of Leeds during the song including the Woodgate and Bowyer trials, signing and success of Lucas Radebe and the much-loved figure of Gary Speed. The song, which has been viewed around 30,000 times on YouTube, has also been embraced by the club which is set to offer Vaular the chance to perform in its Centenary Pavilion before an upcoming game.

He told the YEP: “Gary Speed was an honest and good team player and everybody respected him. Even before his death everybody was missing Gary Speed.

“I was a big fan early on, not just because he was a good footballer but also because he had the looks of a star.”

The song’s video features Scandinavian fans in a mocked-up Whites-themed bedroom. Vaular added: “I got the beat and it gave me a stadium vibe and the chant just came to mind. It was a very easy song to write, it was just fun facts all the way.”

The Elland Road club has a strong affiliation in and around Norway, with the Leeds United Supporters Club of Scandinavia boasting over 4,000 members. A club spokesman said: “It’s nice that fans so far afield are paying tribute to Gary Speed.

“A lot of people in the club have heard the song and we think it’s fantastic.”

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