Tribute For Speed Was Extra Special

18 December 2011 05:00
Before the kick-off on Saturday, the Magpies paid their respects to former midfielder Gary Speed.

Speed's parents Roger and Carol and sons Ed and Tommy were joined on the pitch by close friends Alan Shearer, Steve Harper and John Carver.

Alan Pardew: "It was a chance for the Geordie folk to show their respect for Gary and their love for him, and they did that in a really magical way.

"It was hairs on the back of your neck stuff there, and I am sure his family were very, very pleased and happy with that."

Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones led the crowd in a rendition of the hymn Bread of Heaven in a tribute which was also appreciated by the Swansea contingent.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers: "Roger and his family will never forget that. It was a lovely touch by Newcastle and congratulations to them."