Sunderland clash with Blyth Spartans is a testimonial for Robbie Dale

Blyth's Robbie Dale

Blyth's Robbie Dale

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Sunderland Development side’s pre-season trip to Blyth Spartans will also be a testimonial for Robbie Dale.

The Blyth skipper is to be rewarded for his 11 years of service at the club.

Robert deserves a big game to celebrate what he has achieved in his 11 seasons at Blyth Spartans.

Sunderland’s young guns will provide the opposition on Saturday, August 1 at Croft Park (3pm).

Dale has made 451 appearances in over a decade at the club, scoring 144 goals, placing him third on Spartans’ all-time goalscorers list.

His list of honours includes winners medals in the Unibond Premier Division, Unibond Chairman’s Cup and the Northumberland Senior Cup.

The winger has also played in two FA Cup Third Round games for the club and made national headlines as his double against Birmingham City last season gave his side a sniff of one of the biggest giantkillings in the club’s history.

It wasn’t to be as the Midlands outfit hit back in the second half but Dale recieved many plaudits, even seeing his second goal against the Blues nominated for Match of the Day’s Goal of the Round competition.

As the Black Cats were announced as the opposition for Dale’s testimonial, Spartans manager Tom Wade paid tribute to his club captain.

He said: “Robert deserves a big game to celebrate what he has achieved in his 11 seasons at Blyth Spartans. He is a pleasure to work with.”

Wade also thanked Sunderland for their support with the fixture.

“It is a great gesture by Sunderland to give us this fixture to honour a Spartans and non-league legend in Robbie Dale. When we asked them we thought it would be a no, but they were delighted to help us out and sorted it very quickly.”