An emotional night at The City Ground last night saw Leeds United fans pay tribute to the late Gary Speed by singing his name continuously for 11 minutes, from the 11th minute onwards.

The tribute was designed to pay tribute to the number 11 shirt Gary Speed wore during Leeds’ 1991-92 campaign, and saw Nottingham Forest fans initially join in, before applauding the Leeds United fans efforts.

Clough-Revie rivalries were largely set aside as the two groups of fans honoured a footballing legend. As the chanting came to an end, Robert Snodgrass – perhaps the player most similar to Gary Speed in the current Leeds United setup – scored a memorable goal to set Leeds on their way to a 4-0 victory.

Other notable chants included “All I want is a team of Gary Speeds…” and “3-0/4-0 for Gary Speed…” as the 3,500 travelling Leeds United fans continued to pay tribute throughout the entire game.

The Leeds fans also stayed behind for several minutes after the final whistle to continue singing for a club hero and were joined in their tribute by Simon Grayson who stood in front of the away stand applauding the supporters, before leaving the field overcome by emotion.

It was an emotional and unforgettable night, compounded by a great win that Simon Grayson dedicated to the memory of his friend and former team mate.

“All I want is a team of Gary Speeds…” sang the Leeds fans – last night, they had one.

RIP Gary. Marching On Forever.

16 Responses

  1. number1inyorkshire

    a fitting tribute that could be repeated for our home game on Saturday .leeds fans are good at that sort of stuff ..

    i hope the millwall fans behave on saturday and respect the memorial stuff laid there I AM SURE THEY WILL!!!!

    this has brought football together a little there is plenty of time for banter etc during the game but please both lots of fans behave before it there will be fans wanting to visit the memorial and leave items ..

    • TSS

      @number1inyorkshire I’ve worried about the Millwall fans myself. If there is any team shameless enough to ruin a tribute to the death of a footballing hero, then it’s definitely Millwall.

      I thought there was some potential for trouble v Forest considering how much they hate us, but I thought their fans were a class act last night. They were even applauding the away support as they walked (well, the ones that weren’t getting abused by our own lot were anyway.)

      • number1inyorkshire

        @TSS your right if any teams fans can its those .but to be fair the club itself has been good and the manger is laying a wreath at E R .

        But it has to be the home fans too they need to behave .

        if nothing else it prooves lifes too short and there is somethings a little more important .

        lets see millwall earn some respect too

      • Dje

        @number1inyorkshire@TSS The temptation to say or gesture exactly what you aren’t supposed to say is in us all – it is the button which we press when it says – sorry, BECAUSE it says – ‘do not press’.

        Millwall fans will do what they want to do and quite honestly let them shame themselves and their club if that is what they want/can’t resist. They can only really surprise us with good behaviour on this occasion as expectations are pretty damn low.

      • TSS

        @Dje@number1inyorkshire True. My main worry is that if they do prove to be absolute morons, the Leeds fans will respond in kind and it’ll all kick off. There’s always that possibility when playing thuggish teams like these, but I can’t help thinking this is a disaster waiting to happen.

  2. Dje

    I know it isn’t a competition between us and Gary Speed’s other former clubs, but I think we really ‘brought him back home’ to our club last night with the 11 minutes singing, the performance and the emotion. Hat’s off to all the LUFC fans who made it to the match last night, wish I had been there. MOT.

    • Gryff

      @Dje Was just thinking the same. I saw Billy’s statue, then I saw pics online of a couple of shirts and flowers attached to fences at the other clubs. Poor effort.

      Even Scum fans came to ER to remember Speedo!

      • TSS

        @Gryff@Djedewsyleeds was talking about the Manchester United fan on Twitter – said he asked permission to lay a shirt in tribute. Some of their fans were a class act after Chris & Kev too.

  3. Gryff

    Excellent article.

    First time in a while I’ve been properly annoyed by missing a midweek match (especially with our midweek record!)

  4. trueyorxman

    Stuart Broad tweeted from the City Ground last nite that he’d never seen such a large & noisy away following as last nites. ‘Leeds fans are awesome’ he said. Why cant we get that sort of atmosphere back at ER

  5. Wayne

    Was there last night, in fact the picture at the top is me holding up my shirt. The atmosphere was electric and very emotional! So proud to be a Leeds Fan as we did Gary proud. A fitting tribute to a Leeds Legend. R.I.P

  6. Dave

    Love what your fans have been doing for such a great player, just in response to the person mentioning not as much flower/shirts at other clubs, I’m an Everton season ticket holder, my first reaction to hearing about Gary speeds death was how badly he was treated by our fans after he left, will be an upsetting time tomorrow at the Stoke game but I really feel most Everton fans will feel a bit 2 faced, if it was depression that led to his death then for the 1st time I will think twice about the abuse players get (all teams are the same and I give it out, I’m not looking for a tit for tat argument) I just can’t help thinking did te boos and chants we gave speed(as a player not a person) affect his family life for any days or weeks after games. For me, having my kids at the game explaining what happened and letting them see real emotion means more to Gary speeds memory then laying down flower knowing what I chanted and the hate I had when he left.A great player and again respect to your fans following his death

  7. Matthew

    As I said on the other topic I felt a mixture of happyness and sadness today, sadness that speed is gone but happy that we’ve all celebrated his life so well and paid tribute to such a great guy, it’s one of those moments where you just want to keep clapping and clapping calling his name out loud.


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