Newcastle United and Leeds fans to pay respects to Gary Speed on Sunday

Fans of Newcastle United and Leeds United will come together to pay tribute to Gary Speed at Sunday's sold-out game at Elland Road.

Gary Speed
Gary Speed

Ahead of the fifth anniversary of Speed's death, supporters will take part in a minute's applause in honour of the former midfielder, who starred for both clubs.

A Leeds United statement read: "Speed was an inspirational icon and wore the famous number 11 shirt for both Leeds and Newcastle, making over 400 combined appearances.

"His tragic death on 27th November 2011 shook the footballing world, especially supporters at Elland Road and St James’s Park.

"Members of the Speed family will be in attendance at Elland Road on Sunday and in the eleventh minute of the match we ask supporters of both Leeds United and Newcastle United to join together in a minute’s applause as we near the fifth anniversary of Gary’s passing."


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The last time Newcastle United visited Elland Road back in 2003, the game ended in a 2-2 draw with Alan Shearer scoring either side of goals from Mark Viduka and Alan Smith.