Former Apprentice Jamie Lowry hit a double from the penalty spot as Chesterfield secured a 2-1 victory at the expense of local-rivals Notts County in last night’s League Two fixture.
A product of Dave Bentley’s Youth team, Lowry scored not one but two penalties in two second-half minutes to condemn Ian McParland’s men to their first defeat of the season since Sven-Goran Eriksson’s arrival at the Club.
The 22 year old midfielder Lowry then took the time to dedicate his strikes to a family friend and footballing mentor who passed away on the day before the match.
Despite his elation at scoring his thoughts went out to Brain Biggin and his family. Brian Biggin President of Newquay Football Club had encouraged him since the age of six and followed the rise of his footballing career from junior football right through to turning professional with Chesterfield in July 2006.
“I was really saddened to learn that Brian had passed away and said before the match that if I scored I would dedicate my goal to him.”
“When the chance came to score I thought of him again and just wacked the ball home from the penalty spot in his memory.”
“I couldn’t believe it when a second penalty chance came along so I was determined not to miss so I could give Brian a good send-off for all the support he has given me over the years, something I am so very thankful for.”
“Brian was a dear family friend and I visited him in hospital only recently in Newquay.”