Fri 9 Dec
It is Gary Speed's funeral today. Since his incredibly sad death fans all over the UK have shown their respect and love for him in many ways. As part of our tribute to him we thought it fitting to release the chants sung in his honour today, as well as celebrate his achievements as a player and write about some of the tributes the fans have made in reaction to such a sad loss.
The way fans have sung out his name in recent weeks is truly moving. One of Leeds United (and others) favourite sons name was sung at grounds up and down the country, from old enemies of Leeds at Old Trafford to Stamford Bridge. He used to play for Everton but his name was still sung by Liverpool fans. That really shows how upsetting his death was to any true football fan and how admired he is.
I personally saw him for the first time on his debut against Oldham as a 19 year old and many games thereafter. He was the player that all blokes wanted to be. Swashbuckling midfielder, awesome header of the ball, sweet, sweet, left foot and devilishly handsome, the player all the female fans had on their walls. From what has been said and from what I've seen in the media Gary was a top feller too.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends today. If you download any of the Gary Speed songs from our site maybe you could make a donation to one of the charities his family have chosen for such donations:
Gary Speed is the most capped outfield player for Wales and the second overall, having appeared 85 times at a senior level between 1990 and 2004.
Gary played for Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United. He held the record for the most appearance in the Premier League, 535 in total until it was surpassed by David James.
Gary joined Leeds Unted in 1988, scoring 57 goals and making 312 appearances. In honur of one of their best players Leeds have named a suite after him in the new east stand at Elland Road.
For Newcastle, Gary made 285 appearances and scored 40 goals during the 6 and a half years he spent with the club.
Last year Gary took on a new challenge and raised over £7,500 for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation by running the London Marathon.
“I’ve known Gary since 1988 when I joined Leeds and I’ve rarely come across a better balanced, lovely, genuine person."
Gary Speed Leeds United Tribute - Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Leeds fans 11 minute tribute to Gary Speed after which they fittingly scored for the man himself.
End of Leeds tribute at Forest fittingly with a goal
Gary Macs reaction to Gary's death
Bryn Law Breaks down on Sky Sports
Liverpool Fans sing there's only one Gary Speed
Liverpool supporters (bearing in mind he played for Everton & was an Everton fan)