Gary Speed was a cult hero among many Newcastle United supporters, becoming a mainstay during one of their most successful eras in the Premier League and the top flight as a whole, amassing 262 appearances on Tyneside and scoring 34 goals from midfield.
Speed, who also played an integral role for his native Wales on the international stage during his career, was awarded the international job as manager before his death in late 2011 – prompting tributes from all over the footballing world and sending shockwaves through Britain.
Perhaps the most devastated section of Speed fans belonged on Tyneside, where the Geordie faithful grew attached to his no-nonsense style of play and command from the centre of the park.
The Welshman also played a huge role under Sam Allardyce for Bolton Wanderers, helping the North West club qualify for the UEFA Cup in 2007.
With the anniversary of his passing, supporters have paid tribute on social media – here’s what they had to say:
Without doubt one of my favourite Newcastle players of all time. 💔
— jamie matthews (@Mathaz86) November 27, 2019
A true legend sadly missed. RIP Gary Speed x
— Gary Baxendale (@GaryBaxendale2) November 28, 2019
— Craig Charlton (@craig_chocosafc) November 27, 2019
Still carnt believe it, very very sad
— andrew clarke (@clarkey_neckend) November 27, 2019
— Maximin SZN (@Maximin10x) November 27, 2019
Had the privilege of meeting this beautiful man over 20 years ago pic.twitter.com/RWOjEkiFIz
— Jackie Wrapson (@WrapsonJackie) November 27, 2019
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RIP Speedo pic.twitter.com/eHJFqbp2qk
— Shevas (@ShevasNUFC) November 27, 2019
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