THE date of the County Durham funeral for a young goalkeeper found dead at his home has been announced.
A service for Rushden and Diamonds player Dale Roberts will take place at St Mary’s Church in Horden – where the 24-year-old was born – on January 4.
His club have also announced there will be one minute of applause in his memory before their Blue Square Premier fixture against Luton Town on Boxing Day.
Mr Roberts was found dead at his home in Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Northamptonshire, on December 14.
An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned by Northamptonshire deputy coroner Rodney Haig at Kettering Magistrates’ Court.
A police spokeswoman said the cause of death was given as asphyxia.
Northamptonshire Police previously said the Rushden and Diamonds goalkeeper’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Fiancee Lindsey Cowan described the young star as “my childhood sweetheart and the love of my life”.
In a separate statement, the footballer’s parents, Isabelle and George Roberts, said Lindsey and the England-C goalkeeper had been very happy together. Mr and Mrs Roberts added: “We are grieving for our wonderful son Dale.
“We are devastated by his death.”