Depressed former Sunderland goalkeeper ‘took his own life’

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A YOUNG goalkeeper was plagued with depression and embarrassment after rumours about his fiancee’s alleged affair with his team-mate hit the national headlines, an inquest heard.

England C team player Dale Roberts, from Horden, was also nervous about returning to the pitch after months of feeling lethargic as he was recovering from a leg injury and consigned to the bench.

The 24-year-old Rushden and Diamonds player was found hanged at his home in Westfield Mews, Rushden, Northamptonshire, on December 14 last year.

At an inquest at Northampton Coroner’s Court, his close friend, Manchester City and England footballer Adam Johnson, of Easington, said Roberts was upset following unsubstantiated rumours about his fiancee, Lindsey Cowan, sleeping with Paul Terry, the elder brother of England player John Terry.

Miss Cowan said she and Roberts talked about the alleged affair and they “laughed and joked about it”.

She told the inquest that Roberts had suffered panic attacks and palpitations since being struck down by injury.

Coroner Anne Pember returned a verdict of suicide. She said: “I believe that, at a time when he was feeling low and depressed, he no longer wished to live.”