The parents of Chester-based football legend Gary Speed have been presented with a mosaic of their late son at the National Football Museum.
Roger and Carol Speed, of Aston Park, Deeside, were given the iconic piece to mark their 50th wedding anniversary, which was last week.
Family friend John Martin had spotted the mosaic at the Manchester-based museum and contacted artist Rob Lally about it, who agreed it should be given to Speed’s parents.
The mosaic is based on a photograph of Speed which was taken during a European Championship qualifier between Wales and England in March 2011.
Proud dad Roger Speed said: "It will take pride of place in the house. I tell you what it's better than a painting, it's all made out of tiles, cut and fitted, it's brilliant.
"The artist said it's worth £10,000 - it's a lovely gesture from him to give it to us.
"John Martin, who is a brilliant friend, organised for us to go and we had a great day with a great guide. I've promised to take the boys now (Speed's sons)."
The 42-year-old then Wales football manager, who was born and bred in Deeside was found dead at his home in Huntington, Chester, on the morning of November 27, 2011, prompting an outpouring of grief across the country.
An inquest recorded a narrative verdict as the coroner could not be certain he had intended to take his own life.
The Mancot-born footballer and father-of-two remains Wales’ most-capped outfield player having represented his country 84 times.
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The National Football Museum stated on Instagram: “This mosaic of Gary Speed was today presented to the parents of the late Wales manager at the National Football Museum.
“The artwork had previously been on display here, when friend of the Speed family John Martin spotted it.
“John arranged for Roger and Carol Speed to visit the museum as part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations.
“John had already contacted Salford-based artist Rob Lally about the piece. Lally agreed that the perfect home for his portrait of Speed would be with the family.
“The surprise presentation was a touching gesture in remembrance of a much-missed football figure.
“The mosaic was based on a picture taken during a Wales vs England game in 2011. On the day of his visit, Roger was wearing the tie that Gary is wearing in the picture.”
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