Gary Speed is laid to rest

Dead: Wales and former Sheffield United manager Gary Speed. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Dead: Wales and former Sheffield United manager Gary Speed. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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FOOTBALL legend Gary Speed has been laid to rest at a private funeral in the Welsh village where he grew up.

A service was held for the former Sheffield United player and manager at the church where he married his wife Louise, in Hawarden, Flintshire.

Louise chose to have a small service for the Welsh star, who was found dead at his home last month aged 42.

A public memorial service will be held in the New Year.

Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones said he was honoured that Louise chose his version of an unofficial Welsh football anthem to be played at the funeral.

And fellow Welshman John Hartson delivered a touching message of thanks to the devastated widow after she called on football fans to support his charity.

She asked people to make donations to two cancer funds - the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the John Hartson Foundation. Former Arsenal striker Hartson, 36, set up the charity after being diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer in 2009, before making a remarkable recovery.

Louise this week expressed ‘deep appreciation’ for the thousands of tributes that have flooded in for the talented former midfielder.

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