Blyth Spartans would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Rushden and Diamonds and England C goal keeper Dale Roberts.
Our thoughts also with Dales’s playing colleagues, staff and the supporters of the Blue Square Bet Premier side.
In a statement on the Rushden and Diamonds’ website on Tuesday, chairman Gary Calder said “It is with great sadness that this afternoon our England-C goalkeeper Dale Roberts passed away, our thoughts and prayers at this time go to his parents, family and friends.”
Dale was born locally, in Horden, and has faced the Spartans as an Alfreton Town player.
The Diamonds’ FA Trophy second round replay game against Eastwood Town, which was due to take place on Tuesday, was postponed as a mark of respect.