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Who Knows?

What drove Wales football manager, former successful club and international footballer and family man, Gary Speed to hang himself?

What kind of despair or unhappiness could drive a seemingly successful and happy guy to this ultimate self-harm?

In the 1980s I recall being the voice of the Dumbarton FC telephone news line (lots of clubs had them in pre internet days). DFC (and former Hibs and Scotland) defender Erich Schaedler took his own life, necessitating the cancellation of that week’s game and an announcement to that effect.

As club general manager Alex Wright and I discussed how to break the news, he looked at me and said “Why? – Ah mean nothing is that bad is it?”

Clearly something was indeed “that bad” for Gary Speed.

A tragedy and all our thoughts are with his family at this time.