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Skipper's heartfelt tribute to Dave

Brunt says it's sad day for everyone connected with club

CHRIS Brunt has continued the tributes to Dave Matthews, insisting the long-serving former kitman will be sorely missed by everyone connected with the club.

Skipper Chris is the second longest-serving player currently at Albion and rubbed shoulders with Dave for almost five years before the 67-year-old, who passed away overnight, retired last May.

“I was gutted to hear the news about Dave and all of our thoughts are with his family,” said the Northern Ireland international.

“He will be sorely missed.

“I worked with him for a long time, as did quite a few of the lads who are still here, and he was a big part of this club.

“Even after he retired, he used to come and visit the training ground regularly and it was always good to see him.

“On the back of Del (masseur Derrick Jones) passing away just before Christmas, it’s been a really tough year for the club on that front.

“Dave has always been a big Albion supporter and the service he gave the club from the age of 15 was pretty incredible.

“He knew a lot of the supporters and was a popular figure. In fact, it seemed like everyone knew him.

“It’s a really sad day for everyone connected with the club.”