EDDIE SPEED: I know how proud daddy would be of me and Tommy

When Dad laughed and smiled, it meant he was happy. When he was with friends and family you know he was most relaxed and whatever he had on or off the field didn’t bother him.

If it wasn’t a problem for him, it wasn’t a problem for us and we can enjoy the time he had with us, especially when he laughed and laughed.

I was always proud of Dad in everything he did and he always said to me, ‘Do your best in anything and everything’. He was a great role model for Tommy, Mom and myself on and off the field.

What Dad has accomplished for club and country during his football career is something I think about every day and every time I watch football. To play with and against the top players makes us as a family so proud and honored.

Once he knew he needed to retire, his passion was always to give back. He wanted to move teams and players forward, using the experience he had while playing and what he learned from the high profile managers he played under.

I couldn’t be more proud of my father for all he has given to football, management and our family

Dad was a good example for Tommy (left), Mom (center) and myself (right) on and off the field

Dad was a good example for Tommy (left), Mom (center) and myself (right) on and off the field

He always had that influential character and personality, so management after his playing career was inevitable.

Because Dad was so busy on and off the field and in the office and off managing, it was hard for him to find time to spend with us, which he always wanted.

Dad would never miss the chance to take me to soccer practice and games at Wrexham FC and he would always do the same with Tommy and his boxing and soccer.

I couldn’t be more proud of him as a footballer, manager and father as he gave everything to football, management and us.

Life without a father will always be difficult. It’s been hard that someone who gave everything to us isn’t there. We trusted him for everything and he knew it. Dad also took good care of grandma and grandpa.

He was the figure we saw and let us know that everything was going to be okay. Not having that feeling of security and that loving family character anymore has made a big impact on all of us over the past 10 years.

I couldn't be more proud of him as a footballer, manager and father (pictured left with David Batty after winning the old Football League Division One trophy in 1992)

I couldn’t be more proud of him as a footballer, manager and father (pictured left with David Batty after winning the old Football League Division One trophy in 1992)

There are often times when I just want to look at the phone and see Dad, then I think to myself… ‘Ah, I’m busy right now, I’ll text him’.

Or if I’m playing a game in the US, where I live now, I can send him the link, then he can look at it and we’ll talk about how I played or what I did well or what I could have done better.

I am also still on the path to follow in my father’s footsteps. I’m 24 now and I don’t have any professional appearance. If he were here for me, he would do everything in his power to give me that chance, knowing that I would give it one hundred percent.

If you don’t have him here, you need to get up and get up, both for yourself and for our family. Every day I think about Dad, which is so important to me, but it’s not so much about his death and the way he left us.

I do think about that, but it’s more about the good times I had with him. Our one-on-one days out to watch the football, get dressed, and the next day a game with Wrexham FC

He always had that influential character and personality, both as a player and as a manager

He always had that influential character and personality, both as a player and as a manager

I always think about when he played or when he succeeded and how well he spoke about players he played and led with.

I know how proud he would be of me and Tommy, how much we’ve matured and how we both look like him and have the same characteristics as him.

Yes, I think about him every day, but that’s why we work hard every day. Whether it’s our schoolwork, work in general, our efforts on and off the field and in the gym.

An important thing for me, what he would most like is to have the respect and the manners to show to people we meet. Always being polite and always have a smile on your face when you talk to someone, that’s what he would be most proud of. It’s the little things that help us carry on and move forward in life.

Mom is our rock. As much as she probably thinks she hasn’t been, she’s done so much for me and my brother. Mama was so strong for us, she became the role model.

She makes me think, ‘Okay, look how strong Mom has been through this’. Her efforts to cope and get through is why me and Tommy leave the United States with a bachelor’s degree.

I know how proud he would be of us, how we've grown up and how we both look like him

I know how proud he would be of us, how we’ve grown up and how we both look like him

We are so proud to be able to deal with supporting me and Tommy with our school and our sports and giving us that opportunity to carry on after Dad passed away.

To say that someone is a wonderful person, be it your father, your boyfriend, your brother or your mother, it’s always great to hear.

I feel like this world is losing good people and it’s so important to go through everyday life as a great person and treat other people with respect no matter what they do. It doesn’t surprise me to hear people say that Dad was a great person because he had great values.

Anything I would do, what was wrong, he would let me know and make sure I did it the right way next time.

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