Stars gather in Flintshire to remember favourite son

Reporter:

David Humphreys

THE GREAT and the good from the world of sport gathered to remember a much-loved football icon.

The second Gary Speed Memorial Charity Golf Day was held at Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club yesterday in memory of the former Wales manager and captain.

Gary was found dead at his home near Chester on November 27, 2011. He was 42.

The event was attended by Mr Speed’s parents Roger and Carol Speed, from Aston.

The pair have been members of the golf club for the past 13 years.

More than 100 players took to the course on Monday afternoon including former Wrexham FC hero Mickey Thomas and former manager Dean Saunders.

They were was joined former Wales manager Mike England and ex-pros Duncan McKenzie, Alan Kennedy and Clarke Carlisle.

Bespectacled snooker legend Dennis Taylor also took to the course.

Speaking as she came off the course Mrs Speed said: “It’s been a great day, everyone has enjoyed themselves.

“The course was lovely and a great way to remember Gary. He loved a game of golf.”

Mrs Speed added that she is now able to cope a little better with the tragic loss of her son.

“I’ve learnt to put the mask on a little bit when I need to,” she said.

“I really wish we didn’t have to have this day at all.”

After the 18-holes were completed, the players sat down for three-course meal, before being treated to a set by comedian John Martin.

Funds raised from the golfing day will go towards a variety of local charities as well as the autism charity the Toby Henderson Trust, a cause Mr Speed became close to during his time with Newcastle United.

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