Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Speedo's Wife Touched by Tributes; Singing of Hymn Is Put on Hold So She Can Be at St James'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Speedo's Wife Touched by Tributes; Singing of Hymn Is Put on Hold So She Can Be at St James'

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NEWCASTLE United have postponed part of their tribute to Gary Speed - after his wife said she wanted to come to St James' Park to thank Geordies for their support.

The club had intended to sing Welsh hymn Guide Me Thou, O Great Redeemer, also known as Bread of Heaven, to remember the life of the former Toon midfielder at today's game with Chelsea.

But Speed's wife, Louise, has been so touched by the plans, she has asked if she can be present when it happens.

The Chronicle has still printed the words to the hymn, so you can get practising.

At today's game, supporters will still make their own tribute, and there will still be a minute's applause before kick-off.

NUFC managing director Derek Llambias said: "We have today received a request from Louise Speed to postpone the club's planned tribute to her husband Gary, in order that she can join us at the stadium when our tribute takes place.

"Louise has been very touched by the plans and expressed a desire to be present.

"As Louise will be at Elland Road tomorrow on her request we have rescheduled our tribute and it will now take place at our next home game, against Swansea on December 17.

"A minute's applause for Gary will still take place before kick-off."

The club had planned to have Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones lead a capacity crowd of 52,000 in the hymn.

Supporters in the East Stand were also to be provided with black and white cards which, when held up, would depict the number 11, the shirt number Speed wore during his spell on Tyneside.

Clubs elsewhere will also pay their respects to Gary Speed this weekend.

Former clubs Leeds, Everton and Sheffield United will also all celebrate the former midfielder's life before their home games.

Leeds, where Speed began his professional career and also won a league title will name a new East Stand suite at Elland Road after him in a ceremony ahead of Saturday's npower Championship match against Millwall. …

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