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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Today marks one year since the tragic death of former Everton captain Gary Speed.

A boyhood Evertonian, the Mancot-born midfielder made 65 appearances for the Blues during an 18-month spell which began with his arrival from first club Leeds United in the summer of 1996.

He went on to amass over 500 Premier League outings, also serving Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United, before turning his attention to management with the Blades and later the Welsh national side.

Speed passed away on 27 November 2011, aged just 42.

To mark the anniversary, Everton and its supporters have joined Speed’s former clubs, teammates and colleagues in leaving tribute messages on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. Below are some of those tributes. Add your message to our Facebook page here.

[TW]Official Everton ‏@Everton
One year ago, football lost a true great. Always remembered and our thoughts remain with his family. R.I.P Gary Speed.[/TW]

[TW]FA Wales ‏@FAWales
Remembering a true gentleman and Welsh Football great, today and always. #Speed[/TW]

[TW]Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker
Thoughts are with the Speed family today. #RIPGary[/TW]

[TW]Louis Saha ‏@louissaha08
#RipGarySpeed. Absolute legend for me. Lots of love for his family. #Iremember[/TW]

[TW]Sheffield United ‏@SUFC_tweets
Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of former player, coach & manager, Gary Speed - a year on from his tragic passing #sufc [/TW]


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