Old teammate to lay Lane wreath for Speed

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FORMER Sheffield United and Wales defender Robert Page will lay a wreath for his compatriot Gary Speed before Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Torquay.

The South Yorkshire club, where Speed finished his domestic career before taking charge of the principality nearly 12 months ago, have also confirmed images of the 42-year-old, who died last weekend, are set to adorn flags in front of their stadium for the remainder of the season.

Dave McCarthy, United’s managing director, said: “We want our tributes to reflect Gary who was a very dignified young man. We have received e-mails from fans about what we should do and have come up with what we hope is a fitting plan to remember him.”

Speed, who won 85 international caps, represented Leeds, Everton, Newcastle and Bolton before making his debut for United on New Year’s Day 2008.

He was appointed manager after three matches of the 2010/11 campaign and spent 18 games at the helm before being unveiled as John Toshack’s permanent successor at the FAW.

Page, who will be accompanied onto the pitch by United player-coach Chris Morgan, is one of several of Speed’s colleagues who have been invited to attend the second-round tie.

Officials at Bramall Lane have also announced Danny Wilson’s squad will wear black armbands for their meeting with Torquay.