There won't be a dry eye in the house at St James' Park as we remember Speedo

By Lee Ryder on Nov 28, 11 11:00 AM

There won't be a dry eye in the house when Newcastle United take on Chelsea at St James' Park when Newcastle United step out to take on Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

Thoughts will still be with Gary Speed on the day and no matter what ideas the club go with to remember the Welsh legend, the Geordie public's response on the day will be the greatest show of appreciation.

At Swansea the spontaneous mass round of applause summed up the feelings towards Speed in his home country before a rousing rendition of "There's only one Gary Speed."

And for certain, the "Gary, Gary, Gary Speed" chant will ring around St James' Park on Saturday when the Blues come to Toon.

You only have to look at the football world today to see what Speed meant to not just Newcastle, but the sport in general to see what a fine ambassador he was to all of the clubs he represented, not to mention his pride in being Wales boss.

At Newcastle yesterday, shocked and stunned players and staff poured their tributes out as the day went on.

But for the fans, Speed will be thought highly of because his professional attitude on and off the field.

In truth, Newcastle United dropped a clanger when they sold the midfielder so early with his surpreme fitness levels then enjoyed by Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United as he played until the age of 40.

There so many memories the fans have of Speed.

Scoring the equaliser against Spurs in the FA Cup at White Hart Lane, his strike against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League and of course his last goal for Newcastle in the UEFA Cup against PSV Eindhoven.

For an extended tribute to Speed see tonight's Evening Chronicle.

And feel free to leave your favourite Speed moments and tributes here at Blog on the Tyne.


Mark said:

It just seems so surreal for us to be remembering Gary in this way, so prematurely and in devastating circumstances.

This was a guy not just loved by all at Newcastle but everyone aware of him through football. He was the consummate player's player, the kind you would want in the trenches with you. Reliable, honest, hard working, determined and talented. Speed was no luxury player, if you were lucky enough to have him in your squad he was an automatic choice. One of the very best players the premier league has had in its history, one of the best headers of a ball most of us will see, and certainly a real favourite at NUFC for a generation.

But what resonates loudest is how much of a winner Gary was as a man. Professional, modest and kind – you didn't need to know him to spot it in that warm smile of his.

Rest in peace Speedo and thanks for great memories we'll never forget...

kenny said:

as a family filled with sunderland and newcastle supporters and got children the same age as garry speed my heart goes out to his family .as my 80year old mad newcastle united dad heard the news of garry he shed a tear and said he was one of the best and honest players he has had seen playing ,its the first time i had seen my dad cry ,RIP sunderlan fan

coffee johnny said:

Wouldn't surprise me in the least if the Toon fans gave 90mins applause,maybe a section at a time.
Great player, great man, great shame!

andy said:

i think no one can come to terms with what has happened he was a great player and well resected.he will be a big loss.

Steve Shear said:

It's 5 days since I, and the whole of Britain, heard the tragic news of Gary Speed's passing. I still can't believe it, in every game I've watched since then I've seen the ghost of Gary running all over the field like the athlete he was. Oh boy:-(


Gary was a great player. But also a true GENTLEMAN. Unlike some ex toon players. J. B. A.C. and the lone Ranger. May the good Lord bless his family and ease their pain.

Faustino said:

As a long-time NU supporter and great admirer of Gary, it's hard to conceive what could have driven him to suicide. I know as someone who has been close to it myself that you can mask things from people, you can be in agony inside yet neither show it nor be able to share it or seek help. So sad that this fine man, a great example, could not find a better way to deal with whatever troubled him.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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