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Gary Speed: Football Focus Interview and Video Tributes

httpv://youtu.be/7OIg_rIj_vM

Gary Speed appeared on Football Focus, the BBC football show, earlier on Saturday alongside former Leeds United teammate Gary McAllister for a discussion regarding several topics. Eerily, it would be his last TV interview. Only hours later, Speed was found dead in his garage by his wife.

While the football world mourns his death, I want to share some videos which highlight his career. The first is that fateful last interview (above) on Football Focus. The second is a video tribute of his time at Leeds United. You can see in the video below how gifted and composed Speed was in front of goal at such a young age at Elland Road. He was a key player in Howard Wilkinson’s side that were such a force in the early 1990’s.

httpv://youtu.be/dGRkRDE6Cio

The third and final video is from Match Of The Day 3, which features Michael Owen and Mark Lawrenson discussing some of their fondest memories of Speed. Be sure to watch the end of the video for some golden goals by Speed.

httpv://youtu.be/TPefPbXDkng

Being Welsh, I’ve followed Gary Speed throughout his career. He was the type of player that rarely put in a poor performance. His consistency and never-say-die attitude lifted his teammates and helped spur Leeds, Newcastle and Bolton — especially — on to great heights. Out of everything he achieved, his greatest accomplishment (in my opinion) was the way that he took a Welsh national team who were being ridiculed by former Welsh players, and turned the entire team around into the strongest Welsh side for the past decade. Hopefully Speed’s legacy will be Wales qualifying for the 2014 World Cup or Euro 2016. If so, it would be a team that he helped turn around, to boost with confidence and that made people all around the world respect Wales once more as a footballing nation.

Gary Speed was born ten days before me. While he was born in the north of Wales, I was born in the south. I never had the chance to meet Gary, but I did see him play once when Everton beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in November, 2006 on a cold and blustery day at Goodison Park. While he wasn’t in the win column that day, I feel honored that I got a chance to see him play and will never forget him.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

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3 Comments

  1. shraga

    November 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Speed was one of few legends of football. he wasn’t as skilled as Messi and Ronaldo but was a true hero and raw model for a alot of players. RIP 🙁

  2. anon

    November 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

    shame gary couldn’t hang on for his kids. My dad did the same thing when I was 12 and I have spent the past 18 years trying to work out why he did it, blaming my mum and everyone else who could have possibly had an influence, when ultimately it was his decision. needless to say its a pretty difficult topic to discuss with girlfriends and anyone else for that matter. i can’t imagine what mr speed or my dad could have been going through that could be worse than growing up knowing your father killed himself, it paints a pretty grim picture of the world.

  3. jtm371

    November 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    please keep the family wife and children in your prayers they have a heavy cross to bear.God grant them strength to get thru this crucible.

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