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Gary Speed

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Gary Speed (26.7K)

Position Left winger
Born 08 Sep 1969, Mancot (Wales)
Height 177 cm
Weight 80 kg
International Caps Wales: 82 full, 3 U21, ? Youth

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 13 Jun 1988 01 Jul 1996 311 57 £3500000
Everton 01 Jul 1996 06 Dec 1998 65 18 £6500000
Newcastle United 06 Dec 1998 20 Jul 2004 231 36 £750000
Bolton Wanderers 20 Jul 2004        

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1988 - 1989 1   0   0   0   0  
1989 - 1990 12(13) 3 0   0(1)   0   0(1)  
1990 - 1991 35(3) 7 6   7 3 0   3(2)  
1991 - 1992 41 7 1   4 3 0   1  
1992 - 1993 39 7 4 3 3 1 5 1 0  
1993 - 1994 35(1) 10 2 1 2 1 0   0  
1994 - 1995 39 3 4   2   0   0  
1995 - 1996 29 2 4 1 7 3 4 1 0  
Total 231(17) 39 21 5 25(1) 11 9 2 4(3)  

Jabba's Comments

Gary Speed came through Leeds' youth team and established himself as a left-winger with great pace as Wilko's side dragged itself out of Division 2. For several years he delivered on his early promise, gaining international recognition, forming a key part of the Championship-winning midfield and scoring quite a few goals. He's always been particularly effective in the air, scoring several of his goals, outjumping and outhanging far taller players in the process.

After Leeds had gained the Championship, he seemed to plateau and then decline in enthusiasm and commitment. He'd do the odd thing that looked good on the TV highlights programmes ("That Speed looks brilliant," friends who'd not just sat through a performance in which he'd broken into a sweat twice in 90 minutes would say). It wasn't a huge surprise to see him go, and at the end of the 1995-96 season he joined Everton. He never quite settled there, and 18 months later was on his way to Newcastle where he remains a key part of the team, having seemingly regained his enthusiasm for the game (or maybe that's just me watching the highlights...).

lea brayson says: Gary Speed is a really nice person. so kind and thoughtful. iam a newcastle fan and have met him on several occasions while he has been out and he has been kind enough to stop and chat to all of the fans

john says: get back in to leeds

Emma says: I have met speedy many times when he played for leeds but haven't seen him for 10 years now as I stopped following footy when he left to go to everton. But hes the best and a fine man if you read any of this Gary, hi to you I've got hundreds of picy's of you and me stood in front of batts celica at the training pitch, you were always a gent your a good man! I doubt you'll come back to yorkshire now but it would be great if you did!

Peter Williams says: not too many can say they were born in Mancot. That would have been the logical place for Michael Owen to have been born, as it is the local hospital for thearea, but Mike's Dad took his wife to Chester so that his son could be English tho they lived in Wales. Shame.

liz hopkins says: Yeah i met him at the villa newcastle game 2 seasons ago, hes georgeous!!!!!!!!

David Mills says: Gary was a fantastic player as an apprentice at leeds who had great commitment and enthusiasm. We had some great times at our digs in Leeds (Mr and Mrs Dyer) which we shared in season 1986-87 and he deserves all the credit and praise he receives from fans and peers alike. Good luck to Gary for the future.

Colette says: My 12 year old is trying to do a school project on Gary Speed is having difficuly finding much out about him, other than his Leeds, Everton and Newcastle history. Anyone with any info on him i.e. young years, family, kids etc if you could mail this back to me we would be most grateful.

Lisa Rosenblatt says: Hi Gary! Can you please visit me in Hartford, CT. I will take you to the Mark Twain House.

charlie P says: gary is a legend, brilliant player and an asset to Wales! just wondering if anyone knows if he speaks welsh? please reply asap! thanks.

toffeegirl says: hi gary how does it feel to off stabbed 38'000 evertonians in the back? maybe one day u will do the descent thing and tell us why a so called everton fan left r club like u did.i met u at bellefield lots of times and asked u hundreds of times were u leaving and u said no.

ste says: Calm down toffee girl, Gary probably wanted to play for a good side and he did. Speed would make it on to my all time bench - well done Welsh man.

Ste again says: P.S F**kin brilliant in the air and an emphatic Left peg - even now - and he's 63!!!

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