Chester City player Andy Higgins has passed away in
Australia at the age of 61. A versatile player he featured
in both attack and defence in his 19 Football League
appearances for the club.
Born in Bolsover, Andy represented
his native Derbyshire at both under 15 and under 19
level and after leaving school accepted an apprenticeship
at Chesterfield. He made just one appearance for the
Spireites, against Mansfield Town, in the final game
of the 1978/79 season. Following his release by Chesterfield
in 1980 he was snapped up by John McGrath, who was then
manager at Port Vale, and made 14 league appearances
over the following two seasons.
In 1982 Andy dropped into the Northern
Premier League and signed for King’s Lynn but
after only a handful of appearances he moved on to Hartlepool
United. His stay in the north east proved to be brief
and by November he had returned to King’s Lynn.
Deployed as a striker his goalscoring exploits attracted
Rochdale for whom he signed non-contract terms in March
1983. At Spotland he became a regular at centre half
until a foot injury, in January 1984, sidelined him
for the remainder of the campaign.
In Summer 1984 Andy was reunited with
John McGrath who had been appointed manager at Sealand
Road at the start of the year. Chester had finished
bottom of Division Four in 1983/84 and they again failed
to find any consistency at the start of the following
campaign. With McGrath struggling to find the right
blend from a host of new signings Andy was asked to
perform in a variety of roles and after making his debut
as a centre forward in the opening game against Scunthorpe
he had a run of games at the centre of the defence before
returning to the forward line in November. Andy’s
only goal came in a 5-1 defeat at Stockport which marked
the end of the road for McGrath. His final appearance
came as a substitute against Peterborough on New Year’s
Day 1985 and after being released by Chester he emigrated
to South Africa where he represented Hellenic. Andy
later moved to Australia where he passed away following
a heart attack.
The club send out their condolences
to his family and friends.