Newcastle delays tribute to Gary Speed
NEWCASTLE - The Associated PressNewcastle’s planned memorial tribute to its former midfielder Gary Speed has been delayed two weeks to Dec. 17 so his wife can attend.
Newcastle intended to honor the Wales manager, who was found dead at his home on Nov. 27, by having a Welsh tenor sing at St. James’ Park prior to Saturday’s English Premier League match against Chelsea, before conducting a minute’s applause.
However, Louise Speed requested Newcastle’s tribute be postponed because she is attending another at the ground of Leeds, the club with whom Speed won the English title in 1992.
Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias says “Louise has been very touched by the plans and expressed a desire to be present.”
Newcastle will still hold a minute’s applause before the Chelsea match.
Meanwhile, leader Manchester City could go eight points clear of local rival and defending champion Manchester United, for a few hours at least, when it hosts promoted Norwich City (1500) on Saturday.
After winning Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final at Arsenal, 1-0, unbeaten City welcomes back Italian striker Mario Balotelli and England midfielder Gareth Barry after suspension.