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Lowestoft great Nigel Cassidy dies

PUBLISHED: 12:49 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:26 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT legend Nigel Cassidy has died following a short illness.

The fans favourite passed away on Monday morning at the age of 62. Best known for his stunning strike partnership with Mick Tooley in the 1960s - a period of Lowestoft Town domination in the Eastern Counties League - Nigel was The Blues fourth highest goalscorer with an amazing goal ratio of 103 goals in 94 competitive games - the equivalent of 1.

LOWESTOFT legend Nigel Cassidy has died following a short illness.

The fans favourite passed away on Monday morning at the age of 62. Best known for his stunning strike partnership with Mick Tooley in the 1960s - a period of Lowestoft Town domination in the Eastern Counties League - Nigel was The Blues fourth highest goalscorer with an amazing goal ratio of 103 goals in 94 competitive games - the equivalent of 1.096 goals per game.

Nigel, the son of a pre-war Norwich City player Francis Arthur Michael Cassidy, began his career with Norwich City, joining them as a 15-year-old in 1961 as an apprentice, after leaving Lowestoft Grammar School. His father, also a centre forward, played just one first team game for the Canaries, away to Coventry City on 23rd October 1937, but he did manage 18 goals in 70 Reserve team games.

Two years later Nigel was released to join Eastern Counties League team Lowestoft Town, playing in their reserve team during 1962/63, while still only 16. Playing football for Lowestoft when required and working full time with Birds Eye in the Quality Control team, he made his debut for Lowestoft's first team during 1964/65 and never looked back during the halcyon days for The Blues.

He went on to have equal success in the professional game, playing 255 games for Norwich, Scunthorpe United, Oxford United and Cambridge United in the period between 1967-68 to 1975-76 and scoring 81 goals.

After this he went onto play for Denver in the USA before turning out for Bicester Town and Banbury United, before going to own a number of pubs and hotels, most recently in Cornwall.

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