Shivers....full body shivers. The minutes applause at Leeds....wow.
Robbie Savages tears...his disbelief...his aching....his pain
Gary Speed....Almost a week has passed since the news of Gary's death, I was at the V and A Museum when news came through, to say I was shocked would be an understatement, I shared that moment with someone I love, we were both gobsmacked.
I am not going to write anything football related, what I would like to do is compose something out of the words that have used to describe him throughout the week.
A shining star a leading light
Footballs favourite son
A beautiful man
A trusted friend..
Bold, charismatic full of charm
A family man
Alluring and kind
Adored to the end
A gent and complete friend.
We may never know if Gary was persued by darkness or why he felt he had to go, what we do have is words, words that have expressed what he meant to people. These words don't tell us who he was but they do tell us that his time here was worth it. My eldest son has been a Newcastle supporter since he was very young....a Shearer thing...he was deeply saddened by Gary's death, he 'felt' it. That says it all...
It's not our business to wonder why....let's just think of the words used...the emotion felt and the deep shock, the coming together...football is many things but in times like these it shows us the value of community, of belonging of why we love football.
Cheerio Speedo...rest easy.