England boss says former kitman was 'well liked, loved and respected'
ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson has spoken of his sadness at Dave Matthews’ passing.
Long-serving former kitman Dave, who was 67, celebrated two milestones during Roy’s memorable 15-month reign as Albion head coach.
Roy presented Dave with a more-than deserved Barclays Merit Award in March 2011 for his 50 years’ service to the club.
And the duo both left Albion last May – Roy to take charge of England and Dave to retire, having joined the club as a schoolboy in 1961.
“I was very sad to hear of Dave’s passing,” said the England boss.
“He was a well liked, loved and respected figure at West Bromwich Albion right up until his retirement last year.
“Dave’s loyalty and dedication to the club – an amazing 51 years – was legendary.
“During my time at the club, he fought very bravely and won a battle against cancer.
“He then fully recovered and was in good health and spirits at the time we both left the club.
“My sympathies go to his family and friends at this sad time. He will be missed by everyone at the club.”