COLWYN BAY Football Club are delighted that Roger Speed, the father of former Leeds, Everton and Wales legend Gary, has accepted an invitation to become club patron.
The 70-year-old has being following the Seagulls since the 1980s when Bryn Jones, a big friend of the Speed family, was the manager.
A number of the players then, like Graham Roberts, Peter Donnelly, Mark Limbert, and Mark Price, who was a big mate of Gary’s and who tragically also died around the same age, had all grown up in North Wales with the midfielder and Roger says: “Gary was always asking how the Bay were doing.”
In fact Gary helped out with a couple of fundraising events at the club prior to becoming manager of Wales.
“They have always been a friendly family club,” said Roger. “They have been very supportive of myself and my family and always make me feel very welcome when I come to games, so it wasn’t a difficult decision when I was invited to be patron,” he added.
“I just hope I can of help in way I can in raising the profile of the club and I’m sure’ Gary’s two sons will be coming to games with me when they can.”
Roger was presented with a special shirt by Leeds United in memory of Gary when they played Colwyn Bay in a pre-season game in August.