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Gary Speed RIP

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The FSF and FSF Cymru’s condolences go to the family and friends of Gary Speed, who has died at the age of 42. Cheshire Police confirmed that they found the Wales manager dead at his home in Chester this morning.  There were no suspicious circumstances.

The Welsh FA (FAW) said that the tragedy “is a huge loss not only for his family and friends but the nation as a whole.” The FAW have asked that Gary’s family’s privacy is respected during this very sad time.

FAW chief executive, Jonathan Ford said: “I, and all of the football family of Wales, am devastated by the news of Gary’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this difficult time.”

Gary’s talent and dedication ensured he was a massively popular figure among football fans. He won 85 Welsh caps and was the first player to appear in more than 500 Premier League games in a career that included spells at Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers, and Sheffield United. Gary also managed the Blades before being appointed Wales manager in 2010.

FSF Cymru spokesperson Vince Alm said: “I am stunned by the news and our condolences go to Gary’s family and friends. He was a massively popular player and manager for Wales and always gave his all.

“He was not only a player’s player but a real fan favourite too, he was really turning things round for the Welsh national team. He was a great bloke, very courteous, and it’s a very sad day for football.”

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