The father of Wales legend Gary Speed was given a hero’s welcome from supporters in France ahead of the Euro 2016 semi-final clash with Portugal.
Roger Speed, of Aston Park, Deeside, travelled to Lyon for tonight’s match as a guest of the Football Association for Wales.
The moment supporters greeted his arrival in the city with a loud rendition of “there’s only one Roger Speed” has been captured on video.
Fans have also been chanting “there’s only one Gary Speed” in tribute to his late son who died at his home in Huntington in Chester in 2011.
Roger is in Lyon with Gary’s sons, Ed and Tom, to witness the most historic night in Welsh football history, nearly five years after the death of Gary in November 2011.
He said he has been overwhelmed by the reception the family have received from Wales supporters in France , saying: “What a reception. He’d have been proud.
“We were in the restaurant and I went to the window and all the Welsh fans were singing, they were chanting my name and I was in tears.
“They really are fantastic supporters , the best in the world.”
Sports broadcaster George Riley tweeted: “Gary Speed’s father Roger has just arrived in our Lyon bar. Hugs, tears, chants, and so many well wishes. Beautiful.”
BBC broadcaster Caroline Barker, who filmed the footage, tweeted: “Roger Speed being mobbed by fans in Lyon. Hugs, tears, brilliant.”