London-born Dale spent two years at the club between 1986 and 1988, with the tragic news of his passing confirmed earlier today.
He began his career at Chelsea, the club he supported as a boy, in 1982 and made his league debut two years later. He remained at Stamford Bridge for four years before his move to Albion.
Although he could play anywhere in defence, he was known for being a creative, box-to-box midfielder and scored six goals in 49 league appearances during three seasons with the club.
Dale subsequently moved to Crewe Alexandra and was part of the side that won promotion to the old Third Division in 1989. He made more than 100 appearances for Crewe.
Following three years at Gresty Road, he returned to Sussex by securing a move to Crawley Town in 1992 and spent a season there during the club's Southern League days before ending his career at Kingstonian.
The club would like to pass on its sincere condolences to Dale’s family and friends at this very difficult time.