A lower league goal-keeper hanged himself last night after apparently failing to cope with his fiancee’s affair with the older brother of England captain John Terry.
Dale Roberts, 24, killed himself after his 25-year-old partner Lindsay Cowen had an affair with his Rushden and Diamonds teammate Paul Terry.
Lindsay left Roberts in May after Terry slept with her while staying at the couple’s home.
Distraught Roberts refused to play alongside his teammate at the Conference club and Terry was swiftly released and joined Darlington in August.
Lindsey admitted the affair when a suspicious Dale confronted her at their home in Higham Ferrers, Nothamptonshire.
Last night, the 24-year-old was found dead in the house. Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
Roberts was left heartbroken by the split and struggled to cope with losing his fiancee, according to friends.
“They (Lindsay and Paul) became an item after Paul stayed the night at the couple’s home in Higham Ferrers when Dale was injured,” a source said.
“All hell broke loose and Paul ended up being released as the rest of the team didn’t want to play in the same side as him. Dale has been heartbroken about it ever since,” the source added.
A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police said: “We have been notified of the sudden death of Rushden and Diamonds footballer Dale Roberts, aged 24.
“There are no suspicious circumstances in relation to his death and a report is being prepared for the coroner,” spokesperson said.