Posted: Tue 27th Apr 2021

Calls for Gary Speed to be included in Premier League ‘Hall of Fame’ shortlist

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 27th, 2021

The Premier League has released a 23-man shortlist to decide the next six players to join its Hall of Fame.

Flintshire legend Micheal Owen has been included on the list but there are calls for another local football great to be included.

Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were unveiled on Monday as the first players to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League and “celebrates the talent and achievements of standout professionals who have featured in the division since its creation in 1992.”

A vote has now opened for fans to help decide which six former players on the 23-man list will join inaugural inductees Shearer and Henry.

The list includes football greats from Chelsea, Liverpool,  Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Manchester United and Southampton.

But many football fans have called on the Premier League to include former Flintshire schoolboy and Aston Park Rangers player Gary Speed on the shortlist

Gary, who tragically passed away ten years ago, long-held the record for most appearances in the Premier League with a total of 535 playing for Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Everton and Leeds United.

Responding to a tweet by the Premier League, @VialliChelseaFC said: “It’s such a shame you’ve missed off Gary Speed especially as 2021 marks the tenth year since his tragic death. He is a PL legend!!”

“A superb midfielder with 535 PL appearances and a player who was always rated highly by his peers in the game…”

At one point on Monday, Gary Speed was trending on Twitter with many people asking for him to be included.

Meanwhile, Leeds United supporters have unveiled a 20ft high mural of ‘Speedo’.

2021 marks 10 years since Gary took his own life and the mural marks the start of a series of events to celebrate the impact the Mancot born player has had on Leeds United and to raise awareness for male suicide.

Photo: @lufctrust

Leeds United Supporters’ Trust teamed up with Showoff Design based in Bramley, Leeds to create the fitting tribute.

It was commissioned in association with men’s mental health organisation ‘Andy’s Man Club’.

[Feature Photo:LeedsUnited.com]

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