Dad (60) dons boots again in tribute to tragic son Craig Dowhan

ONE YEAR ON -- AFC Dowhan players and supporters pay tribute to Craig Dowhan at their match last Sunday
ONE YEAR ON -- AFC Dowhan players and supporters pay tribute to Craig Dowhan at their match last Sunday

Grieving Hucknall dad Chris ‘Chick’ Dowhan has donned his boots again at the age of 60 -- one year after the tragic death of his son.

Thirty-one-year-old Craig Dowhan was killed in March 2014 after an horrific car-crash in Ravenshead.

Friends, led by Paul Prewett, set up a new Sunday team, AFC Dowhan, in his memory.

So when the anniversary of his death was poignantly marked by Dowhan in their latest Notts Sunday League match, his father, an ex-player and now a respected coach, was not only there, he also turned out as a late substitute.

“It was always going to be a special day, and a big crowd turned up at Linby’s Church Lane ground,” said Prewett.

“But the biggest cheer came with the introduction of Chick 12 minutes from the end. At the age of 60, he showed he’s still got it, rolling back the years as he played a nice one-two, broke down the wing and then sprayed a brilliant 25-yard pass!”

Fittingly, Dowhan won the Senior Third Division match 4-0 against Bilborough Rangers. After some fine first-half saves by Gary Hickman, all the goals came in the second half. Captain Luke Parkin converted a penalty, awarded when Tom Coupe was tripped, Nick David found the bottom corner and Jonny Bernard netted twice with a lob from 18 yards and a close-range lash.

After the game, players and supporters unveiled a banner, which read: “A Year Since You’ve Gone, Life Doesn’t Seem The Same, You’ll Never Be Forgotten, In Our Hearts You’ll Remain.”