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John Anthony Lowey (7 March 1958 – 5 August 2019) was an English footballer who played as a midfielder. Aside from three seasons in the North American Soccer League, one in the American Soccer League and one in Australia, Lowey spent the majority of his career in the Football League Second Division with Blackburn Rovers in England.

John Lowey
Personal information
Full name John Anthony Lowey[1]
Date of birth (1958-03-07)7 March 1958
Place of birth Manchester, England
Date of death 5 August 2019(2019-08-05) (aged 61)
Place of death Australia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1976 Manchester United 0 (0)
1976–1977 Chicago Sting 22 (5)
1977 Port Vale 0 (0)
1977 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
1977–1978 Port Vale 0 (0)
1978 California Sunshine 21 (10)
1978–1980 Sheffield Wednesday 42 (4)
1980–1986 Blackburn Rovers 141 (14)
1986–1987 Wigan Athletic 3 (0)
1986Chesterfield (loan) 2 (0)
1987York City (loan) 6 (0)
1987–1988 Preston North End 4 (1)
1988 Chester City 9 (0)
1988 Brisbane Lions
Total 250 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Playing careerEdit

He joined the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League in 1976 and claimed five goals and seven assists from 17 games.[3] He also stayed with the Sting for part of the 1977 season, but only made five appearances.[3] He returned to the United States in 1978 and signed with the California Sunshine in the American Soccer League, before going on to score 10 goals in 21 games for the Sunshine.[4] He returned to England to make his debut for Sheffield Wednesday on 17 October 1978.[2] He went on to score five goals from 36 league and FA Cup matches in the 1978–79 season.[2] However he was limited to just 13 appearances in the 1979–80 season as manager Jack Charlton led the club to promotion out of the Third Division, and left Hillsborough after making his final appearance for the "Owls" in the League Cup on 26 August 1980.[2] He ended his career with the Brisbane Lions.

Later lifeEdit

After retiring as a player, Lowey lived the rest of his life in Australia and went on to own a Beauty Therapy training school and a licensed securities company.[5][6]

StatisticsEdit

Source:[7][8][9]

Club Division Season League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United First Division 1975–76 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Port Vale Third Division 1977–78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blackburn Rovers Second Division 1977–78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chicago Sting NASL 1976 17 5 17 5
NASL 1977 5 0 5 0
Total 22 5 22 5
California Sunshine ASL 1978 21 10 21 10
Sheffield Wednesday Third Division 1978–79 29 3 7 2 0 0 36 5
Third Division 1979–80 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Second Division 1980–81 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 42 4 7 2 1 0 50 6
Blackburn Rovers Second Division 1980–81 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
Second Division 1981–82 14 1 0 0 3 1 17 2
Second Division 1982–83 22 5 0 0 0 0 22 5
Second Division 1983–84 42 0 3 0 2 0 47 0
Second Division 1984–85 21 3 0 0 2 0 23 3
Second Division 1985–86 23 3 3 1 2 0 28 4
Total 141 14 6 1 9 1 156 16
Wigan Athletic Third Division 1986–87 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Chesterfield (loan) Third Division 1986–87 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
York City (loan) Third Division 1986–87 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Preston North End Third Division 1987–88 4 1 0 0 3 0 7 1
Chester City Third Division 1987–88 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 250 34 13 3 16 1 279 38

HonoursEdit

Sheffield Wednesday

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "John Lowey". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "John Lowey". www.adrianbullock.com. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "NASL-John Lowey". www.nasljerseys.com. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  4. ^ The Year in American Soccer League - 1978
  5. ^ "John Lowey (1958-2019)". www.rovers.co.uk. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Where Are They Now? | Footballers | John Lowey". www.where-are-they-now.co.uk. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  7. ^ John Lowey at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Stats". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  9. ^ "NASL-". www.nasljerseys.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.