Friday 9 December 2016

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.

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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.

HOWARD WILKINSON,

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.

RYAN GIGGS,

FORMER WALES TEAM-MATE

"We waved at each other a couple of days ago dropping our kids off at school. I'm numb."

MICHAEL OWEN,

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."

KENNY DALGLISH,

LIVERPOOL MANAGER

Irish Independent

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