Premier League to observe a minute's applause for Gary Speed

Supporters around the country have been paying tributes to Gary Speed, similar to this one at Elland Road - the player's first club
Supporters around the country have been paying tributes to Gary Speed, similar to this one at Elland Road - his first club

A minute's applause will be held for Gary Speed at every Premier League game this weekend.

The Wales manager, who was found dead at his home in Cheshire on Sunday aged 42, made 535 appearances in the competition during a 22-year career.

"Gary will be remembered as an iconic player of the Premier League era," a League statement said.

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"This will give clubs and fans the opportunity to show their appreciation for Gary's career."

Supporters at the Liberty Stadium paid a similar but spontaneous tribute to Speed before the match between Swansea City and Aston Villa on Sunday, just hours after news filtered through of his death.

Midfielder Speed enjoyed a successful career on the pitch, becoming a fans' favourite at Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United.

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He had just embarked on a career in management, helping a resurgent Wales to five victories from 10 games and raising hopes of a successful qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "Gary was a wonderful ambassador for our league, and indeed all of football, but more than that he was a decent man widely respected throughout the game and beyond.

"Gary will go down in history as one of our iconic players, he was a stand-out professional of the modern game and I'm sure all football fans across Britain will be deeply saddened at his untimely passing."

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