Speed's legacy: A year since his father's tragic death, son Ed follows in his footsteps by playing for Wales… alongside Craig Bellamy's kid
11:25 GMT, 27 November 2012
It is a year to the day since the world of football was stunned by the death of Gary Speed – a versatile and tireless midfielder, gentleman of the game and consummate professional.
And the Welshman's legacy is continuing through his 14-year-old son Ed, who started out following in his father's footsteps by being called up to the Wales under 16 squad for the first time last week.
Midfielder Ed was on the teamsheet for the Victory Shield match with Northern Ireland in Ballymena on Friday evening but didn't come off the bench in a 1-1 draw.
Father's footsteps: Ed Speed, the 14-year-old son of the late Gary Speed, received his first Wales under 16 call-up last week in the Victory Shield match with Northern Ireland
Future star: Ed has already drawn praise from coaches for his maturity and professionalism, as well as his ability in midfield
Tragic: Gary Speed in action for Wales in a Euro 2004 qualifying win over Italy at the Millennium Stadium. He died on November 27, 2011 at the age of 42
But Speed Jr is already being tipped to emulate his father's achievements, with clear likenesses both in appearance and their style of play.
It came days before football united to pay tribute to Speed on the first anniversary of his death.
Wales under 16 boss Osian Roberts, who was Speed's assistant when he was in charge of the senior squad, said about him: 'As everyone now knows Ed is a phenomenal kid and he reminds me so much of Gary as a player.
'He's a centre-midfielder who reads the game very well and does the easy things – he makes the game look simple at times.
'His decision-making and preparation is spot on. You can imagine the influence his father had on him. He's probably more professional than full-time players now.
'There is no rule, but you'd like to think there is something in the genes. I've got great hopes for Ed.'
Keep on running: Ed warms up during the 1-1 draw in Ballymena. He didn't manage to get off the bench to make his Wales schoolboy debut
Quickstep: Ed during a training drill before the match at Ballymena Showgrounds. His likeness to his father extends beyond his looks to his ability in midfield
Next generation: Ed Speed (number 16) and Ellis Bellamy (number 14) on the Wales teamsheet
Ed and his brother Tom led out the Wales side before the match with Costa Rica dedicated to the memory of Speed in February.
And Wales manager Chris Coleman revealed afterwards that Ed addressed the players after the 1-0 defeat in Cardiff.
He said at the time: 'Ed and Tom, what a credit to Gary they are. Ed has come into the dressing room after the game and he gave a speech which anybody would have been proud of.
'There was not a tear in his eyes, he was strong as an ox.
'He came in and he said, 'My dad always said to me that if you do your best it's enough, and I think you lot did your best tonight.'
Emotional: Gary Speed's sons Ed (nearest to camera) and Tommy walk out alongside Wales captain Craig Bellamy in the tribute match with Costa Rica in February
Brave: Speed's sons and Bellamy proudly sing the national anthem before the game
'What do you say to that from a 14-year-old who has just lost his dad That's bravery, isn't it'
When Ed makes his debut for the under 16 side, it will be the first step towards emulating the 85 caps his father won for Wales over a 14-year international career.
But one player who is already on his way is Ellis Bellamy, son of Wales and Cardiff City forward Craig.
Ellis, who plays in midfield, came on as a late second half substitute at the Ballymena Showgrounds.
Bellamy Jr, who plays for Cardiff's academy, has become a regular fixture in the Wales schoolboy squad in recent months.
Coming on: Ellis Bellamy, son of Wales striker Craig, prepares to take the field against Northern Ireland on Friday night
One for the future: Ellis Bellamy, who came on as a late sub in the 1-1 draw