As a mark of respect and to celebrate the life of former Rochdale AFC striker and Dale legend, Reg Jenkins, the club will be holding a minute's applause before this Saturday’s encounter against Chesterfield.
Reg, 74, who played for the club during the 1960s, passed away in his sleep while away recovering from a knee operation in Tenerife on Tuesday night.
Chief Executive Colin Garlick said: “For someone like me who has come to club from out of town, I think you get some idea of just how much of a legend Reg was. When you look at his record, his appearances and goals scored, you can understand why he is such a legend here. I had the pleasure of meeting him on a number of occasions and he was an absolute gentleman and held Rochdale, as a club, very dear to his heart. I hope we can show him on Saturday how much he meant to us a club when we applaud his life and what he did and meant to Rochdale.”
Manager Keith Hill added: “The passing of Reg Jenkins in midweek will be marked with a minutes applause before kick-off and it is no more than he deserves. His name will always be synonymous with Rochdale Football Club and the word legend. Our paths crossed a few times over the years and he was a true gentleman and loved talking about football. He will be remembered for his hard work on the pitch, the effort he put into every game he played and of course for his goals. He had everything you always look for in a player as a manager and he will be sorely missed.
"He was part of the foundation work of this football club and he will always be a part of this club. He will be remembered as Rochdale Football Club’s greatest ever player and I’d like to pass on my sincere condolences to his wife Norma and family. Being the person he is I’m sure Reg will be looking down and willing us on.”