He passed away aged just 47 surrounded by family at his home on New Year's Eve.
Dudley leaves behind his wife Helen and two children,
Roms are so sad to learn that our great friend Derek Dudley has passed away today. Thoughts to Dereks family at this time. Such sad news pic.twitter.com/u9Ntkc3K1c— Romulus FC (@Romulus_fc) December 31, 2017
Hundreds turned out in November for a charity match at
On this night of joy, please raise a glass for my ex team mate Derek Dudley who sadly passed away earlier today.— Daryl Burgess (@totalfooty) December 31, 2017
Life is short folks,
ENJOY IT ♥️
Jonathan Pearson, a close friend of Dudley's, said: “It was a very emotional day. Derek was brought to tears when he saw all the players in the dressing room beforehand.
“The players said it was one of the best atmospheres they have been involved in.”
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“Helen is obviously upset and just wanted me to let you all know. Raise a glass tonight for Derek, God bless.”