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Gary Speed

Football Player/Manager

Died when: 42 years 80 days (506 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


Gary Speed

Gary Andrew Speed, MBE (8 September 1969 – 27 November 2011) was a Welsh professional footballer and manager.Having played for the Leeds United youth team, he started off his professional career with the club in 1988.

With Leeds, he won the English First Division championship in 1991–92, and later played for Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United.

He captained the Wales national football team until retiring from international football in 2004.He was the most capped outfield player for Wales and the second overall with 85 caps between 1990 and 2004 until being overtaken by Chris Gunter in 2018, playing mainly as a left-sided attacking midfielder.

Speed was appointed manager of Sheffield United in 2010, but left the club after a few months in December 2010 to manage the Wales national team, remaining in this role until he committed suicide 11 months later.

Rarely troubled by injury or suspension, he held the record for the most appearances in the Premier League at 535, until it was surpassed by David James.

At the time of his death, only James and Ryan Giggs had played in more Premier League matches than Speed.

Including appearances in The Football League and cup competitions, he made 840 domestic appearances.

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