Tributes have been paid to a popular Northampton Town Supporter described as a ’stalwart’ of the stands who has died aged 35.
Former accountant Rob Dunkley passed away suddenly on Sunday, 24 hours after seeing the Cobblers beat Luton Town 4-3, a result which lifted the Sixfields side to the number one spot in League Two.
The lifelong fan from Harpenden in Hertfordshire, was understood to have been at the game in the executive box.
Spokesman for Northampton Town Football Club Supporters’ Trust James Averill said Mr Dunkley was a popular figure on the terraces.
He said: “Rob represented Hertfordshire in our club’s fan base and a I know he was looking forward to the bragging rights after we beat Luton.
“I know he spent his last day with his closest of friends in the executive box.
“He would have no doubt been chuffed to see us win and go top for the first time in 25 years.”
Mr Averill said Mr Dunkley was known for his knowledge of Northampton Town and as an accountant, offered his services to the supporters’ trust during the recent crisis at Sixfields.
Mr Averill continued: “I remember Rob had a ridiculously good knowledge of the club. He knew how good the referee was and what he was like in a particular game.
“We are all obviously very upset, it’s a big shock.
“There is going to be a big gap in the matchday experience for a lot of people who knew Rob.”
Tributes have poured in for Mr Dunkley on social media since his passing yesterday .
Carrie Louise Webster, said: “RIP to one of the most kind-hearted people I’ve ever met although I didn’t know him that well, the news has come as huge shock.
“Life is so cruel sometimes; it’s always the nicest people.”
Head of communications at Northampton Town, Gareth Willsher has also added his tributes.
He said: “We were so shocked to hear the news.
“Rob was known to many of the staff here. He was a kind man who would do whatever he could to help the club and fellow supporters. We are just so sad to learn the news and we want to send our best wishes to his family and friends.”