Like many other football supporters, I was rocked when I heard about the tragic death of Gary Speed.
I first became aware of Speed when he played as a youngster for Leeds United.
He went on to have a superlative career, for a series of clubs and his beloved Wales.
I never met Gary Speed but I liked him.
He seemed an honest pro who looked after himself.
Despite having more reason than many to boast, he seemed a very down to earth, ordinary bloke.
He was a handsome bugger but I don't remember reading any stories of him taking advantage of the girls who no doubt threw themselves in his direction.
As both of us were born around the same time, I enjoyed fantasising that perhaps I could still put in a bit of a shift on the pitch (instead of lolling about on the sofa) as we approached 40 years.
Especially now, at a time when the ethics of the press are being investigated, I hope the media give his family some space.