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.
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"She tried to take hold of the knife to stop him. He told her not to shout out and scream and get on her knees and beg."
A minute-by-minute witness account of the battle has been found and entries from the diary will be tweeted in real time on the anniversary.
"He was so matted that he barely resembled a dog at first glance. His fur was covered in faeces and it was completely covering his eyes."