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Bungay Town cancel forthcoming matches in tribute to young footballer Aiden Lowe

PUBLISHED: 15:24 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:24 12 September 2017

Aiden Lowe playing for Bungay Town FC. Picture: Shaun Cole.

Aiden Lowe playing for Bungay Town FC. Picture: Shaun Cole.

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Bungay Town Football Club has announced it will be cancelling its matches this weekend as a mark of respect for young footballer Aiden Lowe.

Bungay Town FC footballer Aiden Lowe. Picture: Archant library. Bungay Town FC footballer Aiden Lowe. Picture: Archant library.

Mr Lowe, who was in his 20s, was killed in a crash on the A143 near Gillingham just before midnight on Sunday, when the white BMW he was driving lost control and was in collision with a tree.

Tributes to Mr Lowe have been flooding in online, with his former football club Bungay Town describing him as a “fine young man and a credit to his family.”

In his own tribute, club manager Richard Daniels said: “The news of Aiden Lowe’s passing is nothing short of the worst of anything I have had to deal with, such a tragic loss, at such a young age.

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Aiden Lowe playing for Bungay Town FC. Picture: Shaun Cole. Aiden Lowe playing for Bungay Town FC. Picture: Shaun Cole.

“A real football family, dad David and mum Tracey, always supporting their boys, Dan, Matty and Aiden, always encouraging them to play the game the right way.

“I have known Aiden since he was a young 16-year-old at Kirkley. It was clear to me then that he was a talented player with so much ability. I kept an eye on his progress because I always treated David as a very good friend. It was with great pleasure that, when I returned to Bungay last season, Aiden agreed to re-join the club. For me it was a signing that I saw make us promotion challengers. At times, he could be a match winner on his own and what will stick in my mind was the 90 minutes he gave me away at Mundford last season. Simply brilliant.

“He was a lovely lad to manage, if not sometimes hot headed, but always wanted the team to win. I am sure he would go home on a Saturday night and have a moan to his dad about the way we did things but that was fine as I knew he was Bungay through and through.

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Scene of a fatal crash on the A143 Yarmouth road near Gillingham. 
Picture: Nick Butcher. Scene of a fatal crash on the A143 Yarmouth road near Gillingham. Picture: Nick Butcher.

“His decision to move on never meant he was no longer a Bungay boy and his personality will always be missed. I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the whole club, that’s everybody, to send his family our thoughts, deepest condolences and total sadness at the tragic and shocking loss of a lovely young man.”

Mr Lowe played his last match for Bungay at the Beccles Hospital Cup in August when he scored his final goal for the Black Dogs. He then transferred to Beccles Caxton FC.

Bungay Town have cancelled all adult male football this weekend as a mark of respect for Mr Lowe.

They have also agreed with Hindringham to reverse the fixture on September 23 so it is at home, giving players and club members the chance to pay their respects properly at a first team match.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, particularly the occupants of two dark-coloured people-carrier type vehicles which stopped close to the scene; however left before giving any contact details.

Witnesses should contact Acle Roads Policing Team on 101.

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