An Emotional Day Tomorrow For Newcastle Fans Everywhere


There’s no doubt that this has been an emotional week for the Newcastle United club.

Gary Speed – honored tomorrow at St. James’ Park

The terrible and tragic news on Sunday morning that Gary Speed had been found dead in his home in Cheshire hit the football world hard – very hard.

But that was especially true at Newcastle, where he played 284 times with 40 goals from 1998 until 2004 and was much loved and respected player.

Alan himself has paid tribute to the Welshman, and he hopes  his team can pay tribute to the much revered player in the right way tomorrow:

“He was a great player here and a captain of this Club. He has been a big loss to us this week.”

“The training ground has been heavy, particularly the first two days, because we had a lot of staff and players who were remembering him not only as a great player but also as a great person.”

“It has been a difficult week, but hopefully we can prepare ourselves mentally for the game.” “We have all been very involved to make sure that we pay the tribute in the right manner.”

“And I think the Club have stepped in the right way to do that.” “Hopefully it will be accepted and responded to well by the fans here who love Gary Speed.”

“They will want to show their affection for him, and hopefully we will give them the right platform and atmosphere for that to take place.”

“We will be doing as much as we can to pay our respects to him and his family, who are the most important people now.”

Newcastle have done an  excellent job in planning the tribute, and fans will raise his black and white number 11- his number at Newcastle United – before before Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones will lead the crowd in a rendition of Bread of Heaven.

There will then be a minute’s applause after that, and Gary Speed will be on the front cover of the match-day program, and featured heavily inside.

Some  are also trying to get fans to bring scarves to the game so they can pay tribute to Gary during the game too.

It will be a very emotional start to the game, and there will be some tears shed for a terrific guy, who was also a great role model to a lot of us, and especially to the youngsters.



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41 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #1

    As a proud Welshman and proud NUFC fan, the loss of Gary Speed has hit hard, testament to man is that the fans of all the clubs that he played for regard him as one of their own. He always gave 100% when wearing our shirt and tomorrow will be a fitting tribute to his memory

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  • Benton Toon Exile

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    If the team give tomorrow the level of effort Gary Speed did we will see off Chelsea, and that will be the best tribute.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope all the guys and girls in the stands give both the team and Gary Speed a roar that has been long absent at St. James Park.
    A full stadium always gives me chills when listening to.
    I think it’ll be a great atmosphere.

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  • UpTheRoad

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #4

    If we’re giving Gary Speed the ultimate send off, expect us to score three headed goals from set pieces! RIP Gary!

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 2, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #5

    UpTheRoad

    The man scored a few belters from 18 yards in his time – though i’d be surprised if any of the current squad could strike a ball that hard (; Guthrie’s got a shot on him mind!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Just so a few of those who are at the match tomorrow can get a bit of practice in:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahm7j4lLl5U&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLC0CACA8EE38667E6

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  • UpTheRoad

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Toondownsouth

    I know haha! Cracking player. Only a teen so first memories of football were under Sir Bobby in the Champions league etc. Remember Speed always sweeping the ball out wide then arriving late in the box. Top player!

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  • corf22

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Tribute has been re-scheduled to the Swansea game lads:
    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20111202/speed-tribute-rescheduled_2281670_2535244

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  • Sir Alan

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Why can’t we do two tributes? I think that it will be much more emotional and special at St James Park where he played most of his career with 52000 geordies! Atmosphere will be alot better than the liberty stadium.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Sir Alan, Have to respect his wife’s request.

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  • markmac

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    I hope it all goes well, and wish i could be there! we should all have speed 11 on this seasons shirt as a mark of respect

    R.I.P speedo

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  • tjshawsey

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

    @ 9
    The Swansea game is at SJP, not the liberty stadium.

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  • Sir Alan

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Was it his wifes request? Oh right, that makes sense then. And it is at St james as well! Pointless comment by me then basically!!!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Sir Alan – its not at the Liberty Stadium, its still at St James Park just not tomorrow its our next home game because his wife wants to be there which is fair enough, we should appreciate that… we will still be able to create the love and noise for Speeda to hear us, perhaps we should all bring back the noise so they’ll be able to hear us roaring all the way to Elland Road

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Sir Alan – forget my comment mate a was abit late, sorry bud

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #16

    So sad for Speeds family. My heart goes out to his family and close friends. Anyway, has them twats down the road Gettin O’Neill yet???

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  • toonLYF

    Dec 2, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    excited for tomorrow like, 3-1 toon, D.B x2, and a defender to score, our defenders love scoring v Chelsea, gonna say Colo

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #18

    toonLYF – a fancie 3-1 av put couple quid on it at 28/1

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  • nimo

    Dec 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #19

    gt89 hope ya right i put a 5er on that scoreline everygame.. come in good a few times this yr too

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  • mickg108

    Dec 2, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Respect to Louise in this terrible time.
    s the Programme Tribute ( 4 Page spread) going ahead ??.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #21

    ad imagine the programs would hav already been printed so ther should be the same.. its more of the atmosphere and the welsh song that will be getting sung that Louise will be hoping to witness and hopefully we’l show her that she certainly isnt on her own in this and that he is a much loved individual.. I also imagine Louise will be given a copy of tomorrows program and a wouldnt be suprised if thaz also a special program for the Swansea game aswel

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #22

    What would you lads think about getting Macheda on loan in january? just because Ba will be away and so will Maiga if we are signing him so we’l need a striker a think Macheda could do a good job plus hes very good mates with Santon

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #23

    GT89

    It wouldn’t surprise me. He looked decent against Palace the other night. Probably the only player that performed well for United.

    I’d still rather nurture one of our own than one of Fergie’s brats, but we’re low on strikers to be fair. Not really any young ones ready to step up.

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  • mickg108

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Fully respect Her wishes & the club doing it..just my brother darn sarf wanted a programme& I haven’t got a ticket,,so rush into Toon & back to watch it on http://www.stream2watch.me/

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  • stevep

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Ashley will not sanction load deals

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #26

    ToonDownSouth – thats what a was thinkin mate we havnt really got anyone ready to step into the plate and score us goals other than Best.. unless we could do a deal with a club like we did with Ben Arfa like we’ll take Luuk De Jong on loan for £2million with a view to buy at the end of the season for an extra £4 or 5million

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Ooo av gota bet on Blackburn to beat Swansea this weekend, they’ve got a good team tha cant be crap for ages lol surely?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d like to see us get two strikers – seeing as Lover is leaving in the summer,

    But then what’s the point in investing all this money in youth (apparently) if we don’t let it come through.

    Pardew did say 2 players (unless anyone leaves – which let’s face it, is likely). I assume Maiga & 1 cheap young CB.

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  • kevymartins

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Lmao see that best interview ..when he had a loan spell at yeovill he was scoring quite a few goals but a tv presenter came out and said he wont make it he could’nt hit a pig’s bum then besty went on that tv show and hit a pig’s bum to prove him wrong lol haha

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #30

    ToonDownSouth – a think we need 2 strikers for the long term like.. as you say Lovenkrands will be leaving that only leaves Best and Ba.. Shola is a spare and possibly Maiga.. so we defo need 1 more after Maiga so we can have 4 good strikers and 1 average one
    Positions we defo need players:
    CB x 1(2 if Colo leaves)
    LB x 1
    LW(or)RW x 1
    ST x 2

    we need a winger as weve only really got Jonas/Obertan/Marveaux who are recognised wingers Sammy is still learning his trade.. we also need to add dramatically to our squad if we get into europe we need a really big squad for the extra games or we will struggle

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #31

    kevymartins – lmao nah mate a never seen that haha

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  • kevymartins

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #32

    He talks about it on the pre-chelsea match on nufctv

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #33

    av heard a whisper that O’Neill is ready to reject the mackems cos he aint been promised funds to build his own team

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #34

    tell you what thaz loads of players starting to get this Cruciate Knee Ligament injury.. a did it 7 month ago been waiting for an operation since its a pee take

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  • jayphoto

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #35

    I did my cruciates a few years ago! The rehab after the keyhole surgery is awful, long and arduous!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #36

    cheers mate hahaha

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #37

    how long did you wait for your operation jayphoto?

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  • Selbymag

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #38

    jayphoto ha keyhole you dont know you are born you lads had my cruciate rebuilt in 1998 before they did it by keyhole. Week in hospital and 3 months in a full leg brace and on crutches.. did a bloody good job as im still playing at 41

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  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #39

    anyone read the Sir Bobby Robson autobiography Farewell but not Goodbye, just wondering whats people thoughts before i read =]

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  • mickg108

    Dec 2, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #40

    lol Keyhole Surgery,they attacked me with a scalpel,hammer & chisel…36 hours later I was out,,mind it was a hip replacement…

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