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Eddie Lowe

Aston Villa FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 13: A 1
67% successful

1947

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
270

Profile

Full name Edward Lowe
name notes Edward, not Edmund - Birth Registration says so.
Born 11 July 1925 in Halesowen, Worcestershire [registered in Stourbridge, September 1925].

Notes

According to passenger lists, Lowe was part of a group of Fulham FC footballers that left Liverpool, bound for Quebec, on 15 May 1951, on board the Empress of Scotland, under the mastership of E.A. Shergold.
Died 9 March 2009 in Nottingham, aged 83 years 241 days.
Height/Weight 5' 11", 11st. 3lbs [1949].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s)

While in London, Lowe guested for the Napier Aircraft Company FC (Millwall) as an amateur, and also played with Kynoch's FC (Birmingham). He represented Finchley FC and Walthamstow Avenue FC briefly, before returning to the Midlands. It was while playing with Kynoch's in a cup final that he was discovered by Villa. Turning professional in September 1945, Lowe soon broke into the first team, 104 league appearances followed and three goals, but results suffered, as did holding down a place, so in May 1950, Lowe, along with his younger brother Reg, were transferred to Fulham FC, both for �15,000. In 1960, Lowe, who had been linked with a move to high-riding Tottenham Hotspur. But after 473 league appearances for the cottagers, and eight goals, Lowe accepted a new challenge, and in May 1963, he accepted an offer who became the player-manager of Third Division Notts County. He did play nine times for them, but off-field decisions and lack of progress, he was sacked in the spring of 1965.

Club honours Football League South runners-up 1945-46;
Individual honours Football of the Year fourth place 1962-63 (as a 37 year old);
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 666th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 232, 3 May 1947, England 3 France 0, a friendly match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 21 years 296 days.
Last match No. 234, 25 May 1947, Portugal 0 England 10, an end-of-season tour match at Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa, aged 21 years 318 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

As a teenager, Lowe found employment at a tube-works in Birmingham, before moving to London who became the an engineer during the war. He served as a "Bevin Boy" in Black Country coal mines towards the end of the Second World War. Still devoted to the game, Lowe scouted briefly for Plymouth Argyle in 1965 while qualifying as an accountant, before earning his livelihood as a purchasing manager for a boiler-making company in Nottingham, where he lived for the rest of his life. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.160./Independent Obituary

 

Eddie Lowe - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
3 3 0 270 0 0 min 0 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Eddie Lowe - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Away 2 1 0 1 10 1 +9 1 1 5.00 0.50 50.0 =0
All - White - Friendly 3 2 0 1 13 1 +12 1 2 4.333 0.333 66.7 +1

 

Eddie Lowe - Match History
 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - 3 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 3 full capsx

Age 21
1 232 3 May 1947 - England 3 France 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start 6
2 233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich Tour AL Start 6
3 234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa AW Start 6

Notes

As a teenager, Lowe found employment at a tube-works in Birmingham, before moving to London who became the an engineer during the war. While in the capital he guested for Millwall as an amateur, and also represented Finchley and Walthamstow Avenue briefly, before returning to the Midlands. It was while playing for his works side in a cup final that he was discovered by Villa.

After turning professional in September 1945, Lowe, who served as a "Bevin Boy" in Black Country coal mines towards the end of the Second World War, soon broke into the first team. He helped his new employers to finish as runners-up in the Football League South, an emergency wartime competition, before becoming a regular when normal service was resumed.

So impressive was his form as Villa maintained a healthy presence in the top half of the First Division that he earned that England call-up against France, then took part in a 1-0 defeat in Switzerland and a 10-0 annihilation of Portugal in Lisbon � playing behind the sumptuous forward line of Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen, Tommy Lawton, Wilf Mannion and Tom Finney � in the space of three weeks.

However, he was overlooked when England returned to action in the autumn, and then suffered a couple of niggling injuries. Meanwhile, competition for Villa places heated up as the manager Alex Massie strove to combat a slight downturn in results. Thus, in May 1950, Lowe, along with his younger brother Reg, a left-back whose career was to be ended prematurely by a broken leg, was transferred to fellow top-flight club Fulham. Eddie's fee was reported as being �10,000, Reg's as �3,000.

At Craven Cottage Lowe instantly became a pillar of strength. But it was a poor side he had joined and though relegation was avoided narrowly in his first campaign, Fulham went down as the bottom club in 1951-52.

He proved to be a shrewd acquisition, though, emerging as a key component of an attractively remoulded team in which the jewel was the enchantingly gifted young inside-forward, Haynes. As the decade progressed, Fulham entertained royally, aided by a free-flowing attack containing the likes of inside-forwards Bobby Robson and Jimmy Hill, winger Charlie Mitten and spearhead Bedford Jezzard. But it was not until the arrival of Duggie Livingstone as manager in 1956 that a genuine belief in the possibility of promotion began to grow.

In came high-quality additions such as the full-backs Jimmy Langley and the future World Cup hero George Cohen, and the former England centre forward Roy Bentley. In 1957-58 Fulham finished fifth in the Second Division and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, bowing out only after a replay to a Manchester United team recently ravaged by the Munich air disaster, although Lowe missed that knock-out sequence through injury.

A season later, however, he was back exuding authority as Fulham, with Jezzard newly installed as manager, finished runners-up to Sheffield Wednesday, thus reclaiming their place among the elite. Lowe maintained a steady presence as Fulham consolidated with a commendable 10th place in 1959-60, then embarked on a trio of successful battles against relegation leavened by another run to the last four of the FA Cup in 1961-62.

By the spring of 1963, Lowe was approaching his 38th birthday, yet could look back on a term in which he had finished fourth in the Footballer of the Year poll. The coveted statuette went to an even more gnarled campaigner: Stanley Matthews.

Lowe, who had been linked in the press with a move to high-riding Tottenham Hotspur only 18 months earlier, was now at a crossroads. Instead of attempting to soldier on in the top tier, he accepted an offer who became the player-manager of Third Division Notts County, bowing out of Craven Cottage having played more times for the club than anyone except the icon Haynes.

Sadly, the move didn't work out. Heavily criticised for his early sale of the thrusting young marksman Tony Hateley to Aston Villa, and the subsequent poor form of the replacement, Terry Bly, Lowe never truly recovered. County, who were not financially well endowed, were demoted as bottom club that term. He then sold another popular striker, Jeff Astle, to West Bromwich Albion during the subsequent mediocre season in the basement division. By then, in his 40th year and thus incapable of making a meaningful impact on the field, he was sacked in the spring of 1965.

Still devoted to the game, Lowe scouted briefly for Plymouth Argyle while qualifying as an accountant, before earning his livelihood as a purchasing manager for a boiler-making company in Nottingham, where he lived for the rest of his life. - The Independent Obituary

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