Over 20 years of writing about my club in Barnet matchday programmes, which sold to about 500 souls on a good day, now with this Blog Site everyone can read my ramblings, memories, interviews, experiences, features, guides to away grounds and pure love of everything Barnet Football Club. Enjoy and digest and tell your friends.
Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
once had a player who was compared to Tottenham & England
midfielder Glen Hoddle but to us Barnet supporters Glen Hoddle was
actually the Kenny Lowe of the First Division.
was born November 1961 in Sedgefield, County Durham and began his
footballing career at Hartlepool United as 17 year old while still
serving an apprenticeship as a pipe fitter. Three seasons with
Billingham Town in the Northern Premier preceded a short spell with
Spearwood FC in Western Australia before he joined Gateshead in 1985.
Two years later he was at Barrow where his silky skills began to
attract the attention of a host of clubs including Barnet.
signed Lowe in January 1991 for what was then a massive fee of
£40,000. This period saw other high profile players, the calibre of
Nicky Evans (£20,000 from Wycombe) and Mark Carter (£40,000 from
Runcorn), join or rejoin the club and basically dot the i’s and
cross the t’s for the run in to the GM Conference title.
first game for Barnet was on January 26th against Bath
City at Underhill when the following team secured a comfortable 2-0
(Clarke and Durham) win in front of 2,096.
Phillips, Paul Wilson, Richard Nugent, Gary Poole, Geoff Cooper, Paul
Richardson, Kenny Lowe, Harry Willis, David Tomlinson, Nicky Evans,
Andy Clarke. Subs Gary Bull and Kevin Durham. He remained ever
present for the next 18 games linking up with Evans, Richardson and
Durham allowing Barnet the opportunity to field arguably the greatest
four man midfield in the clubs history. It was really quite
exhilarating to be a supporter during that period witness that
quality week in week out
first goal in a Barnet shirt was one that many Bees fans missed due
to coach problems at Gateshead. However the goal in the 3-1 win at
Wycombe during a monsoon, where the brilliant build up to it was pure
Barnet one touch football, when Ken blew kisses to the Wycombe fans
in full view of the TV cameras was a joy to behold. Gary Bull, Evans
and Lowe were unstoppable that evening.
in the line up for the promotion 4-2 winning game at Fisher and his
curling effort, which hit the bar, rebounded perfectly for Harry
Willis to head the first goal. He was also responsible for the corner
kick that was powered in by David Howell for the equalising second
goal. I make no apologies in letting you relive that line up once
Wilson, Poole, Nugent, Howell, Lowe, Durham, Richardson, Evans,
Willis and Bull. Subs Frank Murphy and Edwin Stein. I do believe I
was offered Kenny's shirt worn that afternoon by someone not too long
ago – please can they come forward and offer it again as I must
have been worse for wear to not buy it there and then!
the following two seasons in Division 4 he continued in the same vein
forming a almost telepathic relationship up with new signing Paul
Showler a talented winger Fry captured from Altrincham to compensate
for the sad loss of Kevin Durham who tragically died on holiday in
the summer of 1991.
35-yard curler against Halifax at Underhill was a spectacular effort
as was his thunderous free kick at Gillingham. It seems that all his
goals were special but then he was a very special player. His piece
de resistance was the superbly executed swivel turn that would leave
opponents completely flat footed. On reflection Kenny was the type of
player you would want to represent your club forever – but
everybody is entitled to have quality like this in their team and
maybe that is another reason why he holds a special place in the
minds of fans wherever he has played.
final appearance for Barnet was at Crewe Alexandra Saturday 8th
May 1993 when the Bees lost 1-4 (Carter). Attendance 4,264 - the Line
Phillips, David Howell, Dominic Naylor, Mick Bodley, David Barnett,
Kenny Lowe, Derek Payne, Nicky Evans, Tony Lynch, Mark carter and
Gary Bull. Subs : Brian Stein and Jonathan Hunt.
Kenny left Barnet during the infamous promotion to Division 2 summer
of 1993 he joined Stoke City before Fry, by now in charge at
Birmingham City, forked out £75,000 for his signature a year later.
The North East came a calling again and after a brief stop of at
Darlington Lowe re joined Gateshead seeing out his playing career
until 1998. After a short stint in the Manager’s seat at Gateshead
Lowe took over the reins at Barrow until 2003 before returning again
to Australia to join up with Perth Glory FC. Firstly, and by now in
his 40’s, he starred as a player and then as coach.
witnessed some imaginative midfielders the likes of Gerry Ward, John
Margerrison, Jimmy Greaves and Nicky Bailey in my time as a Barnet
supporter but Kenny Lowe was probably the most entertaining of all.
With ball tricks, pinpoint 40 yard passes that any ordinary player
could only dream about plus the aforementioned ability to completely
bamboozle a marker with a super fast body turn and flick of the ball
reminiscent of Johann Cruyff at his peak. That ‘show-boat’ move
is fairly commonplace nowadays but few players had mastered it like
Lowe at the time. While at Barnet he won 2 England semi professional
caps and was selected for the FA Division 3 team of the year in 1992.
know that his sister is Kendra Sawlinsi OBE who holds the record for
most caps for England at Netball?
is without doubt installed in my all time Barnet line up and I
suspect just about every other Barnet fans’ favourite line up who
were privileged to witness the cool skills of Kenny Lowe at Underhill
- arguably the finest creative midfielder our club has ever fielded.