Gary Speed is to be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame.
Speed, who sadly committed suicide in November of 2011, made 285 appearances and scored 40 goals between 1997 and 2004 for Newcastle, is fondly remembered by everyone at the club and indeed the game.
Widely renowned as a gentleman of the game, Speed’s memory will now live on in the National Football Museum.
In being inducted into the Manchester based institution’s Hall of Fame, Speed becomes to 11th Newcastle player to be so, following in the footsteps of a number of fellow club legends including Alan Shearer, John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne, Kevin Keegan, and Michael Owen.
He also made 85 appearances for his country, and went on to manage them for a brief spell between 2010-2011.
Daily Mail journalist Ralph Ellis – speaking on Speed’s impending induction – said: “There were many who played with him, watched him from the stands, or reported on him who had individual tales of his generosity and warmth of spirit.
“That was Gary Speed – great player, but also a great man.”