THE parents of Gary Speed were special guests at a pre-season friendly in Colwyn Bay.
Roger and Carol Speed from Aston in Deeside were guests of the North Wales club who entertained one of Gary’s former clubs, Leeds United, at Llanelian Road on Tuesday evening.
Gary, 42, was found hanged at his home in Huntington, Chester, on November 27, 2011.
At an inquest in January 2012, the coroner ruled there was no evidence to suggest the Wales football manager had intended to take his own life and recorded a narrative verdict.
A charity golf day held in July in Padeswood in Gary’s memory raised more than £10,000 for Console bereavement charity and was hailed as a “special day” by Roger and Carol.
The former Wales manager, who attended Hawarden High School, started his professional career at Leeds where he was part of the side that won the First Division title in 1992.
Colwyn Bay FC vice-president John Martin, who was a friend of the former Newcastle midfielder, made arrangements for Roger and Carol to meet both teams ahead of the game.
He said: “Roger was happy to help as he was up and down to Leeds when Gary was young and has lot of affection for the club and also for us.
“Leeds were also delighted to take part in the presentation.”