Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

UK: Shock news of Wales coach Gary Speed’s death

Posted in UK Football by peterbein on November 27, 2011
Gary Speed

Gary Speed, who died today, was 42 years old

An announcement has been made by the Football Association of Wales today with the shock news of the untimely death of former Leeds United, Newcastle United, Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield United and Wales star Gary Speed. The news has shocked all of the football scene in the United Kingdom, and in his native Wales in particular, his national team he had recently led to three successive wins and had signalled a turn in fortunes since he took the job in February this year.

His greatest honour as a player came with the triumphant Leeds United First Division title winning side of 1991-92, the last season before the top-flight became the Premier League, plus he also appeared for his favourite boyhood team Everton and appeared in back-to-back FA Cup finals with Newcastle United in 1998 and 1999, albeit on the losing side on both occasions. He also became the most capped outfield player with 85 caps for his country and became the first player to clock up 500 Premier League appearances, scoring in every season in which he was a professional footballer.

Stoppage Time would like to send its condolences to his family and friends at this most traumatic time.

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  1. SoccerLimey said, on November 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    A terrible shame to hear of his tragic death. It seemed that he such a bright future especially after his success with the Wales team, but we forget that this is football. We all have lives to live and we all have the same demons to overcome.

    There obviously was something in his life that he was unhappy about. I can only hope that enough people paid attention to what he was dealing with, whatever that may have been.

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