Everyone at Carlisle United Football Club was deeply saddened to hear the news that little Stanley Dalton has passed away following his extremely brave battle against a rare form of cancer - T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
Stan, who captured the hearts of the Cumbrian community last year, was diagnosed in March 2019 and was flown to Singapore last Autumn, following a community-wide fundraising campaign which pulled together the £500,000 needed to allow him to receive potentially life-saving treatment.
He returned to the UK just before Christmas where he was admitted to the RVI in Newcastle for further vital care.
Stan made his first visit to Brunton Park in July, where he met members of the first team squad, and immediately became a favourite with the lads as he overcame his initial shyness to join in with a mini-kickabout.
Director of football David Holdsworth said: “We’re all just devastated, there simply are no words. Georgia and Lee are such lovely parents and we could all see how much his sister Delilah doted on him.
“Stan was so brave, and his smile melted everybody who met him and saw it. Our deepest and sincerest condolences go to his family and loved ones at what is such a sad time.”