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Harry Lowe

Harry Lowe

Birthdate: 20 March 1886
Birthplace: Whitwell, Derbyshire, England
Date of death: 25 October 1958
Other clubs: Whitwell St Lawrence, Gainsborough Trinity (1907-11); Nottingham Forest (wartime guest), Nottingham Forest (1920-21), Grantham Town, Mansfield Town (1923-25), Newark Town (1925-26)
Bought from: Gainsborough Trinity
Signed for LFC: 03.05.1911
Liverpool debut: 04.09.1911
Last appearance: 18.10.1919
Debut goal: 05.04.1912
Last goal: 15.03.1913
Contract expiry: 08.03.1920
Win ratio: 42.65% W:58 D:25 L:53
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
Wartime games/goals: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 123 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 136 / 2

Player profile

Lowe's display with Gainsborough Trinity against Liverpool in the first round of the FA Cup in January 1911 impressed the Reds. Lowe had built a sound reputation at the second division club and was considered one of the best half-backs in the Football League. The Liverpool Echo reported in May 1911 that "a sound judge connected with a South Lancashire club believes that Liverpool have completed an important transfer."  
Tough-tackling and highly consistent half-back Lowe played 29 times in the First Division during the disappointing 1911/12 season when the club narrowly avoided relegation to the Second Division, finishing just one point ahead of Preston North End, who went down with Bury. Lowe was Liverpool's captain from 1913-1915 and was even referred to as "Captain Courageous" as he set "a rare example in his men. A man of few words, but great deeds." Having featured both at left and right-half he moved into the centre of defence, playing as "pivot" as it was called, in 1913/14. He was unfortunately injured in the penultimate League fixture and subsequently missed his club's first-ever appearance in an FA Cup final, in 1914. But he was fit again by the start of the next season and added another 28 appearances to his career total. Thirty-three-year-old Lowe returned to Anfield when the war was over, but faced a worthy contender for his spot. "W. Wadsworth's youth, not to mention his zeal and cover-the-ground abilities, could make it difficult even for a Lowe, with all his experience, to claim priority for centre half," the Echo noted. Lowe was only selected for five more games as Walter Wadsworth had taken his place in the team.

Even though Lowe didn't feature in the 1914 FA Cup final he was awarded a runner's-up medal following Liverpool's application to the Football Association. This was an exceptional decision by the FA. The medal is nine carat gold, about an inch in diameter and minted by J.W. Benson Ltd in Ludgate Hill, London.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 123 13 0 0 0 136
1911-1912 29 2 0 0 0 31
1912-1913 34 4 0 0 0 38
1913-1914 29 5 0 0 0 34
1914-1915 26 2 0 0 0 28
1919-1920 5 0 0 0 0 5

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
9 Newcastle United
7 Aston Villa
7 Middlesbrough
7 Oldham Athletic
7 Manchester City
7 Everton
7 Bolton Wanderers
7 Sheffield Wednesday
6 Tottenham
6 Sunderland
6 Notts County
6 Chelsea
6 WBA
6 Blackburn Rovers
6 Sheffield United
5 Manchester United
5 Bradford City
4 Preston North End
4 Arsenal
3 Derby
3 Burnley
2 Bury
2 Barnsley
2 Bradford Park Avenue
1 Gillingham
1 Leyton
1 Stockport County
1 Fulham
1 Bristol City
1 West Ham United
Total Competition
123 League
13 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 0 0 2
1911-1912 1 0 0 0 0 1
1912-1913 1 0 0 0 0 1
1913-1914 0 0 0 0 0 0
1914-1915 0 0 0 0 0 0
1919-1920 0 0 0 0 0 0

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
1 Middlesbrough
1 Sunderland
Total Competition
2 League
Total Goal minute period
1 31-45 minutes
1 46-60 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
2 Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1916-1917 1 0

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 04.09.1911 Bolton Wanderers Burnden Park League
50 21.12.1912 Sheffield United Anfield League
100 10.04.1914 Derby Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 50 05.04.1912 Sunderland Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Whitwell St Lawrence N/A N/A N/A N/A
Grantham Town N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gainsborough Trinity 1907-1908 England Second Division 17 0 18 0
Gainsborough Trinity 1908-1909 England Second Division 31 2 32 2
Gainsborough Trinity 1909-1910 England Second Division 20 0 21 0
Gainsborough Trinity 1910-1911 England Second Division 38 1 43 1
Nottingham Forest 1919-1920 England Second Division 9 0 9 0
Mansfield Town 1923-1925 Midland League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Newark Town 1925-1926 Central Midlands League South Div. N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 115 3 123 3
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