Pardew wants to win for Speed

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping his players will pay the biggest tribute they can to Gary Speed by firing his former club to victory over Chelsea.

The Blues will arrive on Tyneside on Saturday for the first game to be played there since the famous St James' Park was controversially renamed the Sports Direct Arena, but there are more important matters to consider, with the Magpies set to celebrate Speed's life before the match.

The former midfielder wore the black and white number 11 shirt with such distinction during six and a half years with the club, and Pardew revealed how his players want to pay their own respects, saying: "Our players will be desperate for us to win to pay a tribute in that way. We can't guarantee that, of course, but we are going to try."

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Gary Speed
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