Leeds United legend and the late Gary Speed would have been celebrating his 48th birthday on Friday, and Whites fans were quick to pay tribute to one of their heroes.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 8, 2017
The Welshman was sadly taken away in November 2011, and looking back he certainly enjoyed some of the best days of his playing career during eight years with Leeds and will never be forgotten by the Elland Road faithful.
Speed scored 58 goals in 312 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire outfit and as well as being a key member of the team that won the 1992 First Division title, he was selected in the PFA Team of the Year in the first-ever Premier League season in the 1992/93 campaign.
Leeds supporters were quick to pay tribute to their former midfielder via social media, with many labelling him as a “legend” and others saying that he was their “footballing hero” when they were growing up.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
What a player, he had the ability, & he delivered. His loss was, & still is a sad one at Leeds, & with Wales.🙏🏽⚽️
— Michael Moss (@MichaelsMoss) September 8, 2017
True legends never die, forever in our thoughts , never forgotten
— Chris Jones (@cjjelec) September 8, 2017
I can feel tears welling up in my eyes just typing this. personal hero will necer die in my heart. MOT
— MrCappy (@_MrCappy) September 8, 2017
Absolute legend. My footballing hero growing up as a left sided player in the early 90's. #NeverForgotten
— Dan Stead (@themightysteed) September 8, 2017
— Shaun Meakin (@shaunmeakin10) September 8, 2017
Top pro and Leeds legend
— Vince O'Carroll (@vinceocarroll) September 8, 2017
RIP Gary, a super player 👌
— Keith S (@maisiemaggie) September 8, 2017