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Summary

Gary Speed’s tragic death on November 27th, 2011, rocked the football world. Aged just 42, he was found hanged in the garage of his home. As a long-standing legend of the game and manager of Wales, he appeared to have everything to live for. 

Now, as he would have approached his 50th birthday, family and friends come together to speak honestly and emotionally about the man they knew and loved. Wife Louise opens her heart for the first time and talks in depth about her life with Gary and her own personal journey since his death. Mum Carol and dad Roger recall their beloved son. And a multitude of famous names from the game remember their friend and speak emotionally about how the tragedy has touched their own lives. 

Author John Richardson was a close friend of the man he knew as ‘Speedo’ and was entrusted to write his autobiography. Gary completed two chapters of his life story before putting the project on hold because he thought he had not achieved enough in the game to merit a book. For the first time, these revealing chapters are published in the original form they were written, with insights from Richardson on the personal story that would remain so sadly untold. 

This is a unique celebration of one of the football heroes of our generation. It’s a tribute to a role model, leader and much-loved husband, father and son, gone too soon.

©2018 John Richardson (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Sad story but could have been told better

Was genuinely sad when I heard the news about Gary Speed as remember him in that iconic Leeds midfield of the 90s

I didn't however really enjoy this book which is a shame

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Insight into a footballer’s works

Although occasionally repetitive this is a very interesting account of a much loved man and the very sad event of his death . Excellent to hear the views and memories of so many who knew him and to get an insight through them of the way the world of football works .

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Book of many obituaries & one unanswered question

When I was little books started with Once Upon A Time, provided context, may take us to dark places but always ended Happily Ever After. This book could never end that way. I think I was expecting a more customary biography. Instead, this is a collection of obituaries eulogising each contributor's experiences of Gary Speed, whilst each expresses their personal sorrow on hearing his death and their failure to comprehend the reason for it. No answers are provided, no lessons learned, just a tragic story of the premature departure of a much-loved, talented and blessed young man repeated many times over the seven hours or so it takes to complete this book. Very sad, not too many positives to draw. I hope the obvious hurt suffered by his surviving family and friends eases with time.

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Stuggled to finish

Goid to hear all his friends saying what a great man he was.
He was a brilliant player...

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Cathartic

Tragic story of a great footballer and man. Despite its non-linear structure, it is still very easy to follow. Although it covers memories from a host of great names, my only criticism is that it is very repetitive. RIP Speedo.

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A real tear jerker

Can’t recommend this book enough but get the tissues ready, it’s a real sad one 😔

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Great listen about a great man

As someone who used to work at the Wales Football HQ, I can only echo what others have said about Gary Speed. A true gent who would always take a moment to have a chat & would always ask how you were doing.
I’ve struggled very recently with mental health issues & it saddens me to think that Gary felt he couldn’t ask anyone for help when he would have so much support around him from family, colleagues & groups as mentioned in this book.

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great book

As I football fan i love books like this, but this book is a sad story of a sad event. Well told and well put together although constantly does make you appreciate the grief he must of been going through!! Thoughts to Louise Speed

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The saddens of not finding the right support at the right time. Not being able as a man to explore one's own feelings.

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Misaligned expectations

I was expecting more about the reason for the suicide. Do not buy mental health was the issue. If so, signs should have made friends less surprised and more present. Too much about ex players being surprised. Sorry.