Andy Kowalski played for the England Boys' Clubs side in '70-1 and joined the Spireites on amateur forms from Alfreton Town in December, 1971. He made his debut three months after signing professional forms and early appearances were made in defence and attack. This helped with the development of Andy's all-round awareness, which was to become such a feature of his game. Operating in Midfield, Andy was able to fulfil a roving brief, getting forward or back with equal aplomb.
Commitment and consistency were always in evidence during his ten-year professional career at Saltergate. Such qualities were not always universally appreciated, though, and on one occasion when Frank Barlow was called upon to defend the player, he said (without irony) that Andy was "...good at occupying space," to the general bemusement of his audience. Frank probably meant that Andy’s powers of anticipation and positional awareness allowed him to be in the right position to close down opposition moves when defending, or to take passes from team-mates when opening the game up.
He joined Doncaster in the summer of 1983 and helped them to promotion to Division Three in 1984. He spent 85-6 at Peterborough, but was released and returned to Saltergate for one term. At the end of his professional career, Andy turned down a short-term offer of coaching job at Peterborough, preferring to develop a career in insurance, while doing the rounds of local non-league sides. Andy is now a sales manager for a financial services company and regularly attends Saltergate as a spectator.
For Chesterfield: 373 + 20 League appearances, 31 goals.