Gary Speed MBE is to be inducted to the prestigious National Football Museum Hall Of Fame. in Manchester.
The former Aston Park Rangers player, Wales captain and manager, long-held the record for most appearances in the Premier League with a total of 535 during his career.
He was a key part of the Leeds United side who were the final winners of the ‘old’ Division One Championship.
Gary, who tragically passed away in 2011, will be immortalised next to legends such as Sir Tom Finney, Gordon Banks, Alan Shearer and last year’s inductees Rio Ferdinand and David Seaman, whose career achievements are celebrated with a place in the Hall of Fame, a focal point of the museum.
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. West Ham player and manager Billy Bonds, Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson will also be inducted to the National Football Museum Hall Of Fame.
National Football Museum Interim Director Kevin Haygarth said:
We’re delighted to be inducting nine players who have amazed us with their commitment to the great game.
The decision-making panel is made up of some of the greatest players and managers to grace the game, including some of the 1966 World Cup winning team, which makes the accolade even more prestigious.
These footballing greats will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an awards dinner in September.
The evening will allow inductees, and the families of posthumous inductees, to come together and collectively reflect on their successes at one of the most prestigious fixtures in the sporting awards calendar.
Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive of the PFA said
We have been pleased to support the National Football Museum since its inception, and subsequently the Hall of Fame giving fitting recognition to those who have contributed their own special chapters to football’s history book.
This year’s nominees fully merit their inclusion.