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James Lawton: Speed cut own path and was true to his values

Published 28/11/2011 | 05:00

Gary Speed during the Euro 2012 qualifying match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on March 26. Photo: Getty Images
Gary Speed during the Euro 2012 qualifying match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on March 26. Photo: Getty Images

Even after allowing that some famous, hugely rewarded footballers might lead lives of desperation in varying degrees of quiet, it would still have been a huge reach to imagine Gary Speed could have been one of them.

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There were many reasons to be horrified by yesterday's news that the 42-year-old manager of the Wales national team had apparently taken his own life, but perhaps this was the most shocking.

In all his time as a notably undemonstrative, but deeply respected member of his celebrated trade, Gary Speed seldom, if ever, gave a hint of vulnerability.

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