TV documentary on Speed’s death

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A TV documentary will be screened next week on the life and death of former Sheffield United manager Gary Speed.

The Welshman’s father Roger and Cledwyn Ashford and schoolboy coach will be interviewed for Gary Speed: Arwr Cymru – which translates as hero of Wales. The documentary, presented by Speed’s former Wales teammate John Hartson, will air on Thursday, 8.25pm on S4C.

Hartson told the Flintshire Chronicle: ““We didn’t have to go looking for volunteers. People were happy to take part, glad to, and I think that speaks volumes for Gary.

“When I was first asked to do it I knew it would be very difficult, but I wanted to do it. I’d grown so close to Gary over the years – I felt it was right to do this.”

Speed’s dad said he and wife Carol have asked themselves the same question of why their son was found hanged at his home near Chester, on November 27 last year.

“He was on top of the world, we were going to the World Cup in Brazil (in 2014) as far as Gary and I were concerned,” said Roger.

“And then this happens. That’s why we can’t understand.”

Also on the programme will be Sky Sports reporter Bryn Law, the chairman of the Wrexham Supporters Trust who wept on live TV while reporting the tragedy.

Also interviewed was Damian Roden, who worked closely with Speed as performance manager for Wales .

He said: “I classed him as a very, good friend and one I’d like my children to grow up to be like.”