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LUFC Former player in Gary Speed charity challenge

LUFC Former player in Gary Speed charity challenge

Former Leeds United player Matt Jones will undergo a 24-hour cycling challenge to mark the first anniversary of the death of Gary Speed. .

Jones, who started his career at Leeds United alongside Speed, will attempt to ride a cycling machine at the Trostre Tesco store in Llanelli alongside a number of other football personalities including current Wales boss Chris Coleman and John Hartson.

The challenge will start at 12pm on Monday November 26th and will finish at 12pm on Tuesday November 27th.

Jones is hoping to complete the challenge on the first anniversary of the death of Speed who died at the age of 42.

Welsh born Jones was welcomed into the Leeds United fold by Speed when he signed academy terms at Elland Road and the pair went on to play together for Wales.

The 32 year who old is now retired from football as dedicated the last year to the memory of Speed, raising money for the three charities that were supported by Speed.

Speaking ahead of the challenge, Jones said, 'I have dedicated one year of my life to thanking Gary Speed for all the effort, advice and support he has given to me over the years.

'Cycling is probably one of my worst sports — I have no passion for it whatsoever.

'This one is going to be very hard. Staying awake for 24 hours will be tough enough, not to mention the cycling on top of that.

'I thought that it would be quite fitting on the one year anniversary. I am sure the memory of Gary will motivate me.'

Speed supported The Bobby Robson Foundation, The John Hartson Foundation and Spinal Injuries Association before his untimely death and Jones has raised over £9,000 in memory of his football mentor in the past twelve months with a number of challenges including the London Marathon.

Jones his hoping that the challenge to mark the first anniversary will see him break the £10,000 barrier.

If you would like to make a donation you can donate at or by texting MATT73 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

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Date:Saturday November 24 2012
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