Sister pays tribute to Leeds United legend Gary Speed

MAY 2005. Gary Speed in action in Lucas Radebe's testimonial match.
MAY 2005. Gary Speed in action in Lucas Radebe's testimonial match.
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Tragic Leeds United great Gary Speed’s sister has told of her anguish at the death of her lost loved one.

Speed’s relatives have been grieving in private since he was found hanged at his home in Cheshire on Sunday.

Now, though, his sister, Lesley Haylock, has taken to social networking website Twitter to pay tribute to him.

She wrote: “I have lost my brother, my friend, my inspiration. I hope you are at peace now Gary. I miss you so much.”

Married father-of-two Speed spoke lovingly about his family in an interview conducted shortly before his death, it emerged yesterday.

Talking to football magazine FourFourTwo, he said his wife Louise and their two children meant “everything” to him.

He told the magazine: “The item I cherish the most isn’t material. I don’t even know where my Leeds championship medal is. So I’d say family – we’re an item and they mean everything to me.”

Speed was a key figure in the Whites side that won the old First Division title in 1992 and also had spells with Everton, Newcastle, Bolton and Sheffield United.

Fans have been laying shirts and other tributes at the foot of Elland Road’s Billy Bremner statue since news broke of the 42-year-old’s death.

United supporters also paid their respects to their former number 11 by chanting his name for 11 minutes during their side’s 4-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

Their efforts drew praise yesterday from football figures including ex-Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright.

He wrote on Twitter: “Leeds fans you were immense last night. Credit to your club.”

Speed’s former Wales team-mate John Hartson tweeted: “Leeds United fans absolutely brilliant last night with your tribute. Speedo would have been honoured by that. Superb!”

Supporters are being urged to pack out Elland Road for the club’s home game this Saturday against Millwall as a further tribute to Speed.