This is the first anniversary of Gary Speed’s tragic death last year, and we take time out to remember Gary, and what he did in football and what he did for Newcastle.
Gary Speed – died at the young age of 42
The former Newcastle United midfielder joined Newcastle in the summer of 2007, when Kenny Dalglish was manager, and he had a wonderful career on Tyneside, under the Bobby Robson years from 199 through 2004, when Newcastle United twice qualified for the European Champions League.
Gary was eventually sold – rather surprisingly at the time – to Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2004, just before Bobby Robson himself was fired from the Newcastle manager’s job.
Gary played 284 times for Newcastle United and scored 40 goals, and he played a massive 85 times for Wales with 8 goals, and in his career he played 840 games with 134 goals.
And after going into management with Sheffield United, with John Carver his assistant, he had become the Wales national manager at the time of his death, and he seemed to be turning Wales into a good side, when the news of his tragic death was released.
Gary will never be forgotten for what he did for our club, and our thoughts and prayers go out today to his family and friends.
Rest in peace Gary Speed, and thanks for everything you did for football and for Newcastle United Football Club.