Isthmian League

Andy Lower, Hawks legend (1941-2023)

The Hawks are sad to announce the passing of Andy Lower, a member of the 61-62 treble winning team. He’s pictured above holding the County League Division 1 Trophy on the open-top bus tour of the estate with his team mates. Andy won a second County League title with the Hawks in 1964 and also represented Sussex.

A centre half, superb in the air and a great reader of the game, Andy made his debut for the Hawks in 1959 at Arundel at the age of 19. He went on to make 148 appearances scoring twice, before joining our former manager Ken Carter at Lewes, where he won the county title again in 1965. Andy was then part of the famous Rooks’ side of the late sixties that was rated alongside Carter’s Hawks as among the best non-league sides that Sussex has ever produced.

Andy then played and coached at Ringmer and Southwick, before re-joining Carter at Burgess Hill. After two years in New Zealand playing for New Brighton, Andy returned to manage Burgess Hill for two seasons.

Andy was born in Newhaven in the middle of an air raid during World War II on the 10th May 1941. He first wife Valerie with whom he had two daughters Debbie and Julie, sadly passed away in 1969. Andy went on to marry Dianne and have another daughter Christina. Andy and Dianne were married for 53 years.

He leaves behind his wife Dianne, his three daughters Debbie, Julie and Christina, as well as 16 grand children and 3 great grand children.

Andy’s funeral is to be held at 11.00am on the 28th November at Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton (North Chapel).  Donations in Andy’s memory can be made by following the link below:


Andy’s first team debut reported in the Brighton Argus, 18th December 1959

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