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Kelly Remembers Meeting Gary Speed

February 29, 2012 by | Posted in News

Kelly, who recorded a tribute to Gary Speed late last year spoke of a chance meeting with the late star last year: “I was with my two daughters at the Millennium Stadium after the Wales v England international. We were waiting at the lift and Gary ended his phone conversation and shook my hand. We had a chat about the game and shared the lift to the ground floor.”

“He was a very nice man. Good-looking fella. I was consumed the whole day when I heard the news. I couldn’t get my head around it.”

Kelly broke off from working on new material with the band in Brussels in November to record his acoustic version of Andy Williams “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” in tribute to Speed for BBC Wales.

The song became an adopted anthem of Welsh football fans during Speed’s playing career with Wales after being used in a BBC Wales promo for the 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Speed, who was found dead at his Cheshire home aged 42 on 27 November 2011, was an integral part of the Wales squad that came so close to qualifying for the World Cup finals in the United States. One of the clubs he played for during his career was Leeds United – Kelly’s favorite club.

Wales will play a memorial match for Speed against Costa Rica, the team who he made his Wales debut against in May 1990, in Cardiff on Wednesday.

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