Leeds had been the career starting point for the young Welsh man, and played a pivotal role in developing him into the man appreciated and loved by most football fans. The first game to be played at Elland Road following his untimely death was always going to be a poignant one.
Outside, tributes had been left at the Billy Bremner statue from the first few hours of the story breaking. A week later, and the tributes were still pouring in. Inside Elland Road, his family had been welcomed to the club and were in the old directors box. As the players came out of the tunnel and the remembrance minute began, the emotion was clearly too much for many of his relatives.
The entire stadium rang to the sound of applause, and a chorus of ‘There’s only one Gary Speed’ soon followed. The match turned out to become a side event, with the crowd vocally active throughout the 90 minutes – indeed, ‘Ohhh Gary, Gary Gary Gary Gary Speed’ echoed heartrendingly around for a good constant 10 minutes. The atmosphere was respectful and emotionally charged, and served as an excellent reminder as to how much football can touch thousands of peoples’ lives. Money and scandal does not come into it on days like today, football for the love of football.
Fittingly, Robert Snodgrass scored a second half brace to seal a 2-0 victory over Millwall on this most sorrowful of days.
Lorna and Dan married in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl on a gorgeous Summer day back in 2009.
My last day in Wales (ok.. it was only three anyway, but it felt so right..) and up for shooting was the finale to the Wales Open. Welshman Rhys Davis held a fantastic lead until the last few holes, after which Graeme McDowell shot into the lead and managed to hold it – despite a small wobble on the 18th!
Another event from my weekend in Wales. The home team, against the travelling South Africans, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Lost Prophets opened the show with a couple of their hits, and there was a military procession.. including a man with with a goat. Will have to Google that one..
As a colleague is away for a few days before he heads off to the World Cup, I was tasked with a long weekend in South Wales to do the Wales Open and the rugby in Cardiff. These shots are a selection of the first days happenings at the Celtic Manor course.
An Easter wedding continues my collection of themed weddings, and despite it taking place on the 1st April, the only ‘joke’ was the weather – rain, rain and more rain.. but you can’t book good weather! The wedding of Jamie and Kelly took place at Oxwich Bay Hotel, near Swansea, Wales. The hotel overlooks a beautiful bay, and is situation next to a lovely beach – a spot for Summer I think!