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Wales fans plan tribute to Gary Speed on his 52nd birthday

08 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Gary Speed. Picture by Biser Todorov (CC BY 4.0).

Wales fans are planning a tribute to former Wales manager Gary Speed at the Cardiff City Stadium this evening during the World Cup qualifier against Estonia.

Fans have proposed that a minutes applause should take place during the 52nd minute in memory of the late, great Welsh international and boss on what would have been his 52nd birthday.

The idea began on social media today and the idea has been shared by many prominent Wales fan groups, Football Association of Wales staff and former players like Iwan Roberts and Danny Gabbidon.

It will be 10 years on November 27 since Speed died and a nation went into mourning for the loss of a true Wales great.

The former Newcastle and Leeds player is widely acknowledged as laying the foundations for the success of the national team that has resulted in consecutive qualifications for the European Championships.

Rob Page’s side will be looking to pay the ultimate tribute to Speed with a victory over Estonia this evening taking them a step closer to qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.

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