Football - Davis dedicates cup victory to Dugdale

Steve Davis dedicated Crewe's Johnstone's Paint Trophy success at Wembley to Adam Dugdale after the defender's newborn son passed away earlier this week.

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The Alex announced the sad news on Friday that Dugdale and his partner Nicola had lost their baby and the influential centre-back played no part in their 2-0 victory over Southend.

But his team-mates paid their own special post-match tribute by wearing t-shirts which read 'Duggy and Nicola - you're in our thoughts'.

Speaking afterwards, Crewe boss Davis said: "Adam lost his young son several days after he was born to a million, million, million to one chance, it was growth he got on his head. He lost his fight several days ago.

"He's not been in to the club for a couple of weeks now. I spoke to him yesterday morning about it, him and Nicola are holding up as best as they can.

"I told him the players were behind him, we tried to do something for them. We got some t-shirts made and I'm sure the players put that little bit extra in for him.

"We're a family, we are that sort of club, and when something like that happens we rally and get behind people and that result was for him."

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