16th December, 2010
A professional goalkeeper has hanged himself after his fiancÃ©e had an affair withÂ the brother of love-rat England soccer ace, John Terry.
Dale Roberts, 24, was found dead at his Â£150,000 flat on Tuesday. He had been due toÂ play for Rushden & Diamonds in an FA Cup Trophy replay against his old club EastwoodÂ Town but failed to turn up for the match.
His fiancÃ©e, Lindsey Cowan, 25, raised the alarm after getting home from work andÂ discovering the door to their flat had been locked from inside. Cops were called andÂ Dale was found dead.
The Sun reports that he had been left reeling in May when it was revealed LindseyÂ had an affair with his team-mate, Paul Terry.
Midfielder Paul, 31, is brother of Chelsea captain, John, 30, whose alleged flingÂ with Vanessa Perroncel, 34 – girlfriend of his former team-mate, Wayne Bridge, wasÂ reported in January.
Lindsey went to live with her parents for a while but at the end of the summer sheÂ moved back into Daleâ€™s flat in Higham Ferrers, Northants – near his Blue SquareÂ Premiership clubâ€™s ground.
He told pals that despite her cheating he wanted to â€œgive it another go.â€ But anÂ insider said last night Dale could not endure being known as â€œanother Wayne Bridge.â€
The source said: â€œHe was embarrassed and was on anti-depressant tablets. â€œHe feltÂ heâ€™d lost everything and Lindsey made him look like a fool.â€
Divorced dad-of-two, Paul, whose marriage to Sarah was attended by John, left theÂ club and now plays for Conference League side, Darlington.
The source said Dale cheered up after Lindsey came back to him, adding: â€œHe did seemÂ a bit more like his old self – chirpy and jokey. But he wasnâ€™t getting a game.
About three weeks ago, he phoned the manager and told him he wanted to quit and moveÂ to a club near his family in Co Durham.
â€œThe manager persuaded Dale to stay. â€œDale was chuffed when the gaffer told him heÂ was playing on Tuesday. But he didnâ€™t turn up for the bus.â€
Last night, distraught Lindsey described Dale as â€œmy childhood sweetheart and theÂ love of my life.â€
She added: â€œI will never get over his death.â€ England and Manchester City star, AdamÂ Johnson, who was at school with Dale, said: â€œIâ€™m devastated. He was a good friend.â€
City are away to Juventus tonight in the Europa League and Adam said: â€œIâ€™m going toÂ play in honour of Dale and dedicate my performance and, hopefully, a victory to hisÂ memory.â€