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Memorials to Gary Speed to be created in Hawarden and Aston

A FITTING tribute will be paid to the late Wales manager Gary Speed at the place where he first kicked a ball.

Hawarden Community Council will name the playing fields at Aston Park after the Mancot-born icon, who was found hanged at his home near Chester on November 27.

Community leaders also want a memorial bench bearing a plaque with words chosen by his family at the same spot he played as a child.

The renaming of the field was suggested by Cllr Ralph Small, a close friend of Speed’s parents Carol and Roger, who still live on Courtland Drive in Aston.

Cllr Small said: “It’s just round the corner. I’m sure he started kicking a ball there. It’s where it all began.”

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