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Both Speed’s parents were from Chester but he was born in the Welsh border town of Mancot and was always proud to represent his country.
His father Roger played football for Wrexham before returning to his trade as a joiner.
He was talking about his kids, how they were really coming on, and talking about playing golf next week.‘Even small things like how he’d just got into Twitter.
Words cannot begin to describe how sad I feel at hearing this awful news.’ Leeds United: A huge pile of flowers, shirts, teddies, scarves and cards builds up at Leeds United's ground Elland Road today as fans pay tribute to Gary Speed.
Friends have told how he seemed happy and planning for the future when he appeared as a guest on Football Focus which was filmed in Salford on Saturday - an account borne out by the photograph of him beaming alongside a delighted fan.'I think it has been extremely moving.
Obviously here in the north, where he played for so many of the iconic teams, I know he meant an enormous amount to people and people feel very, very sad on his behalf and on his family's behalf.'Presenter Dan Walker, who spent four hours on and off camera with him, said: ‘He was as bubbly as I’ve known him.
Although he enjoyed the Wales job, it had brought new pressures to his life, including the need to take on a flat in Cardiff.
“He was very much a family man and didn’t like the separations,” said his widow.