Tuesday 29 November 2011

Fans to pay tribute to Speed

Minute's applause to be held at all Barclays Premier League matches this weekend

There will be a minute's applause to pay tribute to Gary Speed

Following the tragic and untimely death of Gary Speed, Premier League clubs will observe a minute’s applause at matches this weekend in celebration of a player who made 535 Premier League appearances.

Gary Speed was a wonderful ambassador for the game of football and will be remembered as an iconic player of the Premier League era.

This will give clubs and fans the opportunity to show their appreciation for Gary’s career and let his friends and family know that football’s thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Speed had successful spells at Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers before retiring from playing in 2010 to embark on his first managerial role with Sheffield United.

He took over as manager of Wales in December 2010 and had lifted their fortunes, guiding them to three successive victories in his final matches in charge. Speed was also awarded the MBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for his services to football.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: “Gary was a wonderful ambassador for our League, and indeed all of football, but more than that he was a decent man widely respected throughout the game and beyond.

"Gary will go down in history as one of our iconic players, he was a stand-out professional of the modern game and I'm sure all football fans across Britain will be deeply saddened at his untimely passing.”

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  • Minute's applause in tribute to Gary Speed
  • First player to make 500 appearances in Barclays Premier League
  • Scored 81 goals in the Barclays Premier League