Match tribute to stabbed student

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Derby County and Cardiff City supporters put their on the pitch rivalry to one side last Saturday and came together to remember murdered Student Neil Dalton.

A tribute to Neil by some of his close friends was placed in the match day programme for the game which took place on Saturday, September 20.

There was also a minute’s applause by both sets of fans in the 22nd minute of the game in what was a fitting tribute to the 22-year-old.

While Neil was a lifelong Derby County supporter he had close ties with Welsh club Cardiff City as his Grandfather was a season ticket holder at Ninian Park in the 1970’s.

Neil, of Ambergate, was tragically stabbed to death in Borneo, along with fellow Newcastle University student, Aidan Brunger.

The trainee doctors were both on a six-week work placement at a local hospital.

They were both killed on the street in the town of Kuching on August 6 after a night-out.

Neil’s funeral took place at St Peter’s Church, Belper on Wednesday, August 27, which saw two of Neil’s friends give touching eulogies about how they met him, and their favourite memories of him.

He has also been awarded posthumous honorary degrees by his university.

Malaysian fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah, 23, is accused of stabbing Aidan and Neil. Police said four other suspects have not been charged and will be witnesses.A guilty verdict carries the death penalty.

An inquest has been opened at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court into the deaths.