I have been asked to pass on a message from Dale's Family ahead of tomorrow's game. As you probably know they will be doing a presentation in the Kimberley Suite after the game.
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Message from Dale's Parents follows:
My family and I would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support during this very difficult time. We also appreciate the outstanding support and encouragement you gave our Dale during his short, football career. Although no-one will ever replace Dale, it means so much to us that a stand will be named in memory of him and that the number 1 jersey will always be his. Dale would agree with me when saying that I hope the support continues to help get the team back into the league where they belong, and that they then go from strength to strength.
A Memorial fund in Dale's name will continue and set up to help worthy causes and Adam Johnson a dear friend of Dales, has asked to be Ambassador.
Once again, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of you for remembering our son, who was a Diamond through and through.
Therefore, we would like to present you with Dale's England & Rushden and Diamonds Number 1 jerseys with the caption " Dale a Diamond Forever "
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
George & Isabel Roberts