What they said
Published 28/11/2011 | 05:00
"Gary was bright, fun and a wonderful family man -- he lit up every room he walked into.
ALAN SHEARER, FORMER NEWCASTLE TEAM-MATE
"I asked John Hartson whether he had heard the news and the big man just cried and cried. We gave each other a cuddle.
BOBBY GOULD, APPOINTED SPEED AS WALES CAPTAIN IN 1995
"He was a star in the true sense. I've rarely come across a better balanced, lovely, genuine person.
FORMER LEEDS MANAGER
"I am totally devastated. Gary Speed was one of the nicest men in football and someone I am honoured to call a team- mate and friend.
FORMER WALES TEAM-MATE
"We waved at each other a couple of days ago dropping our kids off at school. I'm numb."
MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER
"Gary was a fantastic footballer and more importantly a decent fella. There will be a lot of people saddened by what has happened. The most important people are his wife and two boys and my heart goes out to them."