Harry Lowe (footballer, born March 1886)
For the other footballers of the same name see Harry Lowe (disambiguation)
Henry Charles "Harry" Lowe (20 March 1886–1958) was a footballer who played for Liverpool Football Club in the early 20th century.
Life and playing career
Born in Whitwell, Derbyshire, England, Lowe played for Whitwell F.C. and Gainsborough Trinity before being signed by Liverpool manager Tom Watson in April 1911. Lowe, a no-nonsense half-back, made his Liverpool debut in a Football League Division One match, a 2–2 draw with Man City at Anfield on 9 September 1911. His first full season at Anfield, 1911–12, saw him make 28 appearances in what was to be a disappointing one for the Reds having just avoided the humiliation of being relegated from the top flight by a single point over Preston who went down with Bury, the first of his 2 goals also came towards the end of the same season on 5 April an important goal in a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at Anfield. Lowe was to become a regular member of the first team missing just a handful of matches over the following 2 campaigns, an injury in the penultimate league fixture of the 1913-14 season put pay to Lowe's chances of making an appearance in Liverpool's first ever FA Cup final at the Crystal Palace Park (the last time the cup final was to be played at this venue) on the 25 April 1914, the match was to be played in front of King George V the first time a Monarch had attended the FA's show piece final. Unfortunately, for the Reds, Burnley, the opponents for the day, were to run out 1-0 victors and Liverpool would have to wait a further 51 years before they could take the cup back to Anfield.
Harry got himself fit for the start of the 1914–15 season and, again, managed 28 appearances. World War I was to hamper Lowe's Liverpool career curtailing it by 4 years, he did return to Anfield following the conclusion of the war but was only selected 5 times and was eventually moved on to Nottingham Forest in March 1920 the team he played for as a guest during the 1914–18 war.
As a player:
- Gainsborough Trinity FC (1907–1911): 106 appearances, 3 goals
- Liverpool FC (1911–1920) (which included a 4 year break due to World War I): 122 appearances, 2 goals