Leeds United pay tribute to late club legend

Gary Speed.
Gary Speed.
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LEEDS United paid a touching tribute to late club legend Gary Speed at a match against a non-league side in his native Wales.

As reported in Tuesday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, Speed’s parents, Roger and Carol, were invited to attend the friendly between United’s development squad and Colwyn Bay FC.

They met both sets of players before the match, with the visitors also handing over a shirt to the Speeds in honour of their son.

Colwyn Bay vice president John Martin said: “Our crowd gave them a terrific ovation and on our behalf Roger Speed presented Leeds with a plaque to mark the occasion.

“The officials of Leeds had taken the trouble to source a shirt from the era that Gary Speed was starring for them.

“The shirt, complete with Speed 11 on the back, was presented to Roger and Carol, something that [they] will treasure.”

Speed started his career with Leeds and went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club.

He formed part of the famed midfield quartet that proved instrumental in United’s 1991-92 First Division title win. Tragically, the man known to Leeds fans as ‘Speedo’ was found hanged at his home in Cheshire in November 2011, aged 42.

United development squad manager Neil Redfearn said: “It was nice to meet his mum and dad and see them at the game, given everything that Gary and his memory stands for at our football club.

“It was an honour for our young players to meet them, and they, like all of us, have an affection for Gary and everything he stood for.”

The fixture finished 1-1, with Alex Mowatt scoring a stunning goal for Leeds.