Pete Sixsmith had some moving words to say about Davey Dowell, a faithful supporter of Sunderland AFC though Pete would also see him at Durham Country Cricket Club games, who is presumed to have died after disappearing on June 21.
From Tom Lynn, another great SAFC fan, the sort you meet home or away, comes this message:
A celebration of the life of the late, loyal SAFC supporter Davey Dowell, who was even more importantly a wonderful human being, will take place starting at the Black Cats Bar, Stadium of Light at 1pm on Saturday July 16th, 2016.
All those who knew this fanatical and friendly follower of our football club are invited to attend to show their love and respects.
Davey was a real character and will be very much missed by all who knew him. The venue for this celebration could not be more fitting.
Will be making the trip from darn sarf,as will many others,to celebrate Davey and recall the good times. https://t.co/SlORn59Mjw
— Parky (@BarbaryCoastBoy) July 8, 2016
Salut! Sunderland is honoured to be among those paying tribute to Davey.
This is what Sixer said at the end of a piece about Wales v Portugal.
“Some sad news. David Dowell, a Sunderland supporter of great renown, went missing from home two weeks ago and has not been seen since. Known to many as “Dabber” David was a permanent presence at Sunderland games and also at Durham CC. I last spoke to him after the 4-2 win at Swansea, where he was attempting to drink the Wetherspoons where we ended up, out of lager. He was a lovely lad and will be sadly missed.”
A footnote to the article quoted Martin Emmerson, Sunderland supporter and BBC Radio Newcastle presenter/cricket commentator:
“Davey Dowell was a lovely bloke. Always good for a chat about footy or cricket. He loved Durham and Sunderland. Last week he disappeared. Friends feared the worst and now this. The last time I had a chat with him I was telling him about the Durham commentaries. I used to see him at a few games. He never listened. He didn’t have a computer or a mobile. He just did his own thing.”