Del was on our books as a centre-half for four years from 1988, scoring eight goals in 94 appearances for our Reserve and Youth teams.
He was a member of our Under-17 team that lifted the John Ullman Cup at White Hart Lane during May, 1990; gained a winners medal at the Memorial Walter Suter Youth tournament at Wettingen, Switzerland 12 months later; and ended his final season as a Spur with a South East Counties League Division One Championship medal.
Born at Park Royal on December 28, 1973, Del attended Brentfield Primary School and Sladebrook High School, Neasden. He played Sunday morning football for Northolt based club Larkspur Rovers from the age of eight and represented Brent District and Middlesex Schools.
He signed Associated Schoolboy forms for us during September, 1988, and gained an England Schoolboy cap playing centre midfield versus Northern Ireland at Craigavon on February 25, 1989. Ryan Wilson (now Giggs) was in the same team. He was an unused substitute against Belgium at Wembley a fortnight later.
Del left school after his 16th birthday and did work experience with us until signing as a full time Trainee during July, 1990. He was in the same intake as future first team players Jeff Minton, Lee Hodges, Nick Barmby, Kevin Watson, Darren Caskey and Paul Mahorn.
On being released by us in June, 1992, he played for Fulham reserves and Enfield before a spell with Greensboro Dynamos in North Carolina. Trials followed with Wycombe Wanderers and Barnet before serving Hythe Town, Tring Town, Windsor & Eton, Egham Town and Southall.
Del had to retire from playing in 2000, aged 26, due to a back injury and served as assistant manager or joint-manager at Southall, Northwood, Edgware Town, Leyton, Welwyn Garden City and Enfield Town until May, 2010. He combined his football involvements with jobs as a security guard, delivery firm driver and latterly as a driver for Mercedes.
Diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease during February, 2008, ‘Del’s Match’ was staged at Edgware Town on May 10, 2008. A Non League All Stars v Professional /Celebrity Dream Team match saw the Pro team include Stuart Nethercott, Kevin Watson, Darren Caskey, Clive Wilson and Les Ferdinand.
Metropolitan Police Bushey also staged a game versus former Edgware players on June 26, 2011, to raise funds for Del’s family.
Del published his autobiography Memories Never Die during 2009 which included a foreword by his England Schools and Spurs colleague Nick Barmby.
He passed away on November 14 and is survived by wife Emma, daughter Megan and newly born son Edward. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
By Andy Porter, Club Historian