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Gary Speed

Speed managing Wales in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gary Andrew Speed[1]
Date of birth (1969-09-08)8 September 1969[1]
Place of birth Mancot, Flintshire, Wales
Date of death 27 November 2011(2011-11-27) (aged 42)
Place of death Huntington, Cheshire, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984–1988 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1996 Leeds United 248 (39)
1996–1998 Everton 58 (16)
1998–2004 Newcastle United 213 (29)
2004–2008 Bolton Wanderers 121 (14)
2008–2010 Sheffield United 37 (6)
Total 677 (104)
National team
1990–1991 Wales U21[2] 3 (2)
1990–2004 Wales 85 (7)
Teams managed
2010 Sheffield United
2010–2011 Wales
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

I didn't want to leave Newcastle, but that's football.
If you've got aspirations to be a manager or coach, obviously coaching your country would be a great honour.
Gary Speed
Everyone I know is fervently proud to be Welsh but you try not to be preachy about it. It's difficult at times. But when I go home to north Wales, or to somewhere I've never been in south Wales, I still feel at home because I'm in Wales. It's hard to explain.
Gary Speed
A lot of people still disregard something like yoga. I would have as a young player. I would have been too busy playing golf or something.
Gary Speed
I have won 85 caps and have had a great career with Wales and have enjoyed every minute of it.
Gary Speed
What's important is Welsh football and that it progresses.
If I had my time again and was able to change one thing from my career then I wouldn't have retired. I would have played for Wales longer.
Gary Speed
I think it's unfair to criticise someone for not being Welsh, but the smaller the nation, the more patriotic you seem to be.
Gary Speed
I love everything about playing for Newcastle, the club, the fans and the city.
Gary Speed
Everybody makes mistakes, but when goalkeepers make them, it is costly. That's the nature of being a goalkeeper.
Gary Speed
You've got to believe you can get a result from the game.
I don't like the showy nationalism – a tattoo, wrapping yourself in a flag – that doesn't matter to me. The way to show your patriotism and commitment is to go and support or play for your team.
Gary Speed
I had a lot of times with Wales as well when we were getting beat – and beaten well – and you learn to deal with it. You learn that next time it happens, you roll your sleeves up and give everything for the team.
Gary Speed
Everyone tells me to play as long as you can. Sometimes, it goes in one ear and out the other.
Gary Speed
Goal scoring is a recurring theme. If you aren't scoring then you aren't going to win games. That's obvious.
Gary Speed