Andy Rowland RIP

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Andy Rowland RIP

Post by Penlee » 11 Aug 2017, 15:33

Hello all,

I thought I should let you know about Andy's sad passing at the age of 51. I met Andy at University (I am actually an Argyle fan) when he was with Stoke City and he of course progressed to Southampton before signing for The Gulls. You may not be aware but he married a lovely dutch girl and moved to Holland permanently shortly after retiring from pro football when still with Torquay due to injury.

Andy contracted ALS a couple of years ago (it is known as Motor Neurone disease in the UK) and was given three years to live. Throughout his suffering he retained immense dignity and remained determined to work for as long as possible and provide for his family. To his credit he initially worked as a postman in Holland whilst he learned the language (which he really enjoyed) before joining ING and later ABN Amro in senior banking roles over there.

He died on July 20th, and the funeral was a week later in Alkmaar where he lived. A Torquay lad (born in Taunton but moved as a baby), he attended Torquay Grammar and represented England at under eighteen level.

He was a great friend of mine and leaves behind a lovely family. As an ex gull you can all be proud of how he coped with such a horrible illness and how well regarded he was by all his dutch work colleagues.

I hope you don't mind me coming on your site to let you all know, I just thought it was the best way to inform you all.

Rest in peace Rowley.


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Post by Louis » 11 Aug 2017, 15:56

Lovely tribute to Andy there Penlee. RIP Andy :(
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Post by timmax » 11 Aug 2017, 19:12

I rember Andy as I was at Torquay Grammer at the same time. He played in the team that won the English Schools Cup played at Plainmoor back in 1984. Sorry for the loss of your friend.


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Post by Glostergull » 11 Aug 2017, 19:58

A sad loss. and such a tender age. Please send our condolences to his family if you get to see them. He will be missed I am sure. If I remember correctly didn't he come on as a sub for us in the 1991 Wembley playoff final which eventually resulted not only in our promotion but the formation of the Gloucester Gulls. and my continuing support ever since. being not just regular but a season ticket holder and TUFC players sponsor with the Gloucester Gulls after. with Chris and Les. So many memories. it's sad to see our friends pass away as we grow older.
And Penlee. you will always be welcome at Plainmoor. some of your fans supported us when times were hard and we value that.
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Post by desperado » 11 Aug 2017, 21:27

If I remember correctly he scored in our first match back in League 1 in 1991 in a 3-1 win against Hartlepool
who also got promoted
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Post by hector » 11 Aug 2017, 22:58

Oh this is awful news. I went to the same primary school as Andy (Sherwell Valley) and he lived not far from me. Really sad.


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Post by markw » 11 Aug 2017, 23:05

I was a couple of years ahead of him at both sherwell valley and Torquay boys , really sad news , such a nice guy , condolences to his family


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Post by SuperNickyWroe » 11 Aug 2017, 23:18

:engflag: RIP Andy. Lovely tribute Penlee.
Just realised I knew him too from schooldays.. :engflag:
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Post by wivelgull » 12 Aug 2017, 10:30

I recall playing for United; at first we all thought he was the new Robin. God rest his soul.
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Post by frenchgull » 12 Aug 2017, 14:37

very sad news,nice tribute from Penley.


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Post by arrywithanh » 12 Aug 2017, 15:37

sad news, peace


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Post by Penlee » 13 Aug 2017, 11:11

Thanks so much for all your comments, they mean a lot to me and I will pass on your thoughts to his wife Marion and the family


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Post by Penlee » 14 Jan 2018, 14:10

Hello Gulls I wish you luck in your predicament and hope young Fletcher helps.

I hope you don't mind me posting Andy's widow's 'just giving' crowdfunding link. Any donation however small will of course be appreciated by her and her's/Andy's children.

Best wishes for the rest of the season

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding ... =5KbWvx4AA

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Post by Penlee » 22 Jan 2018, 11:40

Thanks for the donations, there is a wonderful tribute here on the PFA site

https://thepfa.com/thepfa/latestnews/ar ... -1965-2017

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