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Tributes paid to Gary Speed a year after his death

Gary Speed played 85 times for Wales Photo: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A year ago today news broke which shocked the world of football to it's core.

Gary Speed, the Wales manager, had been found dead at his home.

Tributes poured in from all over the world, as Speed's family and the footballing community struggled to come to terms with what happened.

Tributes to the late Gary Speed are left outside Goodison Park Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

An inquest heard how Gary Speed's wife Louise had returned home to find he had hung himself. The inquest recorded a narrative verdict.

Speed's career had seen him play for Leeds United, Everton and Newcastle United, while the 42 year-old had also won 85 caps for Wales.

Speed had been appointed manager of Wales in December 2010 and had overseen a dramatic upturn in the fortunes of the national team.

Wales' captain Craig Bellamy with Gary Speed's sons Ed and Tom before the Gary Speed Memorial Match v Costa Rica Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Matthew Jones remembers Speed during his time at Leeds as a youngster and playing alongside him with Wales.

Jones describes Speed as 'like an older brother' and has spent the last year undertaking grueling challenges to raise money for charities that his former team mate and mentor supported.

Jones has run marathons, jumped out of planes and run up and down Snowdon for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the John Hartson Foundation.

He's now under taking a final challenge, a 24 hour static cycle, in his home town of Llanelli with the help of current Wales manager Chris Coleman, Wales captain Ashley Williams and former team mate John Hartson.

Matty Jones, running for charity for Gary Speed Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It's not just the effect he's had on my life, there's so many people out there that he's touched.

Not just people that he's played with or played against or coached, it's people he's met in supermarkets, at a bank or in a queue or anywhere.

It speaks volumes of Gary and it doesn't really surprise me because I know how special his aura was and how special a person he was, he was a presence and an inspiration to all.

For me he was like an older brother, he always looked down on me and pulled me through absolutely everything in my footballing career.

– MATTHEW JONES, FORMER WELSH INTERNATIONAL

Matthew say the memory of Gary will keep him going through his latest challenge and is pleased he's able to pay tribute to his friend and team mate this way.

Speed's family won't be attending the bike ride challenge as they pay their own private tributes today.