We Love…Sutton United
Defender Dale Bennett joined the Us in 2018, after spells with Watford and Forest Green Rovers (where he played in the side that gained promotion to the Football League) and loan spells at Wealdstone, Kettering Town, Brentford, AFC Wimbledon and Yeovil Town – a total of 69 games (one goal) in the Football League, and 155 games (five goals) in the Conference Premier/National League.
After one full season with Sutton United, an old injury has made him hang up his boots at the age of only 29. At Sutton he won all the Players of the Year awards in 2019 (chosen by the club, the players and the supporters), but a car crash when he was with Watford left him prone to injury – left Achilles tendon, right knee, lower back… Commuting from his home in Hertfordshire didn’t help his back problem.
He got married in 2017, becoming a vegan soon afterwards, and has a young family. He also runs several businesses from home, so he won’t have much time to sit around He said “I will miss a lot of people, but I’m only just round the corner from JC and Harry, so I’ll be coming back to watch some games, and I’m sure I’ll still be involved in football in some capacity through my businesses.”
Dale is of Caribbean heritage – his grandparents are Trinidadian, Grenadian and Jamaican – and he had expressed an interest in representing Trinidad & Tobago or Grenada. Those plans have obviously been dropped, but as a young man with many years of active life in front of him, he is “not looking back, just forward”.
He has received fulsome tributes from the club. Manager Matt Grey said “During the time I’ve been here Dale’s been superb as a player, a character and a person around the football club, and whatever he does in the future we wish him all the best and he will always be welcome at the club.” Chairman Bruce Elliott wrote “During his time with us, Dale has been a model clubman, and the accolades he received at the end of last season are a fitting testimony to his efforts on the pitch. It has been a pleasure to have him at Sutton United, and he goes with our good wishes to him and his family in the future.” Wherever life takes you, Dale Bennett, bon voyage.