Clubs offer tributes to Roberts

15 December 2010 09:51
The former clubs of Dale Roberts have been paying their respects after the 24-year-old goalkeeper died on Tuesday.Roberts, who started his career at Nottingham Forest, had loan spells with Eastwood Town and Alfreton Town before joining Rushden & Diamonds in 2009. [LNB]"Our thoughts and prayers at this time go to his parents, family and friends," said Diamonds chairman Gary Calder. [LNB]An Eastwood statement added: "He was only with us a short time but made a big impression." [LNB]It continued: "All at Eastwood Town send their sincere condolences to Dale's family, friends and colleagues." [LNB]Alfreton described his 47-game loan spell from Nottingham Forest in the 2006-07 campaign as "hugely impressive" and the Derbyshire club also passed on its condolences to Dale's family and friends. [LNB]County Durham-born Dale was a member of the Sunderland and Middlesbrough academies before signing professional terms with Forest.[LNB] You could liken him to Billy Turley with his great saves, such a tragic end to probably a great career BeanoandClarke He played 12 times for Eastwood during a loan move in March 2006, and helped the club win the Notts Senior Cup that year. [LNB]The whole of the next campaign was spent at Alfreton before two separate loan spells with Rushden led to a permanent switch in January 2009. [LNB]In total he made 91 appearances for Diamonds and was voted the England C player of the season in 2009-10 after becoming an international regular last year. [LNB]Nene Park will be open on Wednesday for fans to pay their respects and the FA Youth Cup tie at Hull on the same night has been postponed.

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