Club legend Dale quits Blyth Spartans

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Robbie Dale.

And he certainly came out on a high, scoring one of the goals in a 3-2 win over Newcastle United’s U23s that helped Blyth win the Northumberland Senior Cup at St James’ Park last week.

His last game in the green and white stripes came on Saturday when the Spartans traveled to face Gloucester City in the final league game of the season.

Dale leaves the club as the Spartans’ all-time record holder with 721, and second in the goalscoring charts behind Brian Slane, with 220 goals for the club over a remarkable 18 seasons.

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As well as winning the Senior Cup, Dale helped fire the Spartans to the FA Cup third round in 2009 and again in 2015, where he scored a brace against Birmingham City.

As well as two Northern Premier League titles and another Northumberland Senior Cup success, Dale has won numerous individual honors during an unprecedented career at the club.

After retiring on the eve of the 2020/21 season, the striker made a sensational comeback at the start of this campaign and successfully helped the club avoid relegation, and took another step in the process – reaching a remarkable 700 appearances for the club. in December.

Blyth manager Terry Mitchell said: “Robbie has been a fantastic servant to the club. It’s rare to see such loyalty in football, and to play over 700 games and score that many goals is truly incredible.

Robbie has been an integral part of the team since my arrival and he has scored vital goals and assists. He’s been a big part of us staying in the league this season.

“I want to thank him for everything he has done for me and for the club, and I can’t think of a more fitting way to sign in front of the Blyth fans than winning a cup final at St James’ Park.”

Dale added: “Everyone knows how I feel about the club. I’m leaving but I’m not retiring and I’ll probably continue to play for a bit longer, but my heart will always be with Blyth.

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