Shola Ameobi believes that the Newcastle players will take inspiration from the tribute to be paid to Gary Speed before Saturday’s game against Swansea City.
Gary Speed – tribute before the game on Saturday
They will also take inspiration from the memory of a former great player for Newcastle United, who was much loved in the game.
Attending the game on Saturday will be Gary’s wife Louise, and indeed the dedication was postponed from a couple of weeks ago at her request, so that Louise could attend the tribute at St. James’ Park.
Shola is one of the few players left at Newcastle who played with Gary when he was at Newcastle from January of 1998 through July of 2004 – veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is the other.
And Shola has talked about Gary’s memory and he says some very nice things, which are obviously heart-felt for the Newcastle striker:
“A game of football’s great, but family and friends are more important and, hopefully, we can show them that against Swansea, and then put in a fitting performance.”
“It’s only fitting that his wife comes – we know that his wife and family are the ones who are hurting right now, and they need everyone around them to comfort them.”
“I certainly can’t imagine what they’ll be feeling right now.” “It would be nice to know people are there. The club’s also there to support them.”
“I know they were down at Elland Road, and it’s only fitting the clubs he played for do this.” “It was a tough afternoon against Chelsea, especially for the players who knew him.”
“He was someone who was very well respected in these parts. I know when he crossed that white line he gave everything.” “That’s what he would have wanted us to do, and the manager touched on that before the game. “
“He was a player who kept on fighting to the end, and that’s what we’ve been doing all season.” “I’m sure he’d have been proud of the lads’ never-say-die attitude, which he had in abundance.”
“He’s a person who’ll stay with us for a very long time.”
It will be a very emotional tribute before the game on Saturday, and there will be some tears shed as fans remember the memory of Gary Speed, who died at the very young age of just 42.
Speed was signed by Kenny Dalglish from Everton for around £5M in January, 1998, but he is remembered for starring in the great side that Bobby Robson built on Tyneside.
He made 284 appearance for Newcastle United and scored 40 goals.
And I keep being reminded to tell Newcastle fans who will be at the game on Saturday to bring their black and white scarves, so tributes can be made to the memory of Gary throughout the game.