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Friday, 8 November, 2002, 21:39 GMT
Football star dies in United States
Rob Hindmarch
Rob Hindmarch captained Sunderland at the age of 19
Former Sunderland and Derby County footballer Rob Hindmarch has died aged 41.

The Northumberland-born defender lost a long battle against motor neurone disease.

He had been coaching youngsters at a soccer school in New Jersey in the United States.

He captained Sunderland at the aged of 19 and made 125 appearances for the club between 1977 and 1984.

'Sad news'

He joined Derby County as skipper in 1985, and led the side to promotion from the then Division Three and the Second Division championship the following year.

He joined Wolves for 300,000 in June 1990 after playing 196 games and scoring 10 times for Derby and was player-manager of Cork City, in Ireland, for a year from 1995

Derby County manager John Gregory said friends knew Mr Hindmarch, who was born in Morpeth, only had a short time to live.

He said: "We knew that Rob had a limited amount of time, but his death is still difficult to accept and very sad news."

Former Derby teammate Bobby Davison, who recently ran the Great North Run to raise money for research into Motor Neurone Disease, paid tribute to a close friend he described as "a strong man, with a big heart and a wicked sense of humour".

'Strong character'

He said: "Rob flew over once a year and we'd always get together.

"This year he couldn't make it but we vowed to catch up before he flew back to America.

"He didn't contact me and I discovered he had flown home after being told by doctors he was in the advanced stages of the disease.

"He was a strong character and was always great company.

"He was mischievous, had a wicked sense of humour and always had something to say on any subject."

There will be a minute's silence in his memory before Derby's game against Portsmouth at Pride Park on Saturday

He leaves two teenage sons.


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