Association football player
|Birth||9 September 1975|
Julian Dowe (born 9 September 1975) is a retired professional English footballer. He played as a forward in England, Scotland, Sweden, Spain & Latvia.
Having broke numerous goal scoring records in the Salford Junior League and for Trafford Schoolboys as a teen, he was coveted by both his local teams Manchester United and Manchester City as well as Leeds United F.C.. However he signed as a schoolboy for Everton F.C. after their youth team manager personally made the trip to his mother’s house. He later decided to join Manchester City, who took the unprecedented step to virtually guarantee Dowe a professional contract, even though he was still at school. Something that was even more astounding, was that he had a fractured spine at the time, after getting injured previously in an Everton reserve game. After 8 months he was allowed back to action, training and playing with the 1st team squad that featured, Garry Flitcroft, Steve Lomas and Clive Allen at Maine Road when only 15 years old. After some misguided advice, he left Maine Road for a pre Dave Whelan, Wigan, something that Dowe cited as “A big regret, it wasn’t the club you see now”
He went on to make his 1st team debut for Wigan Athletic F.C. at the age of 16 against a Manchester United team that featured Paul Ince, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Lee Sharpe and Gary Neville. The then Wigan manager Brian Hamilton famously substituted Dowe minutes after bringing him on at half time of a trial game, to immediately offer him a professional contract. He became the youngest British player to sign a professional contract in Spain when he joined CA Marbella as an 18-year-old, along with fellow Englishman Andy Gray who joined from Tottenham Hotspur, described Dowe as “One of the most talented teenagers he’d seen”
During his spell there his first team chances were limited due to the foreigner rule that applied before the Bosman ruling. Players such as Vladan Lukic (ex-Atletico Madrid) and Predrag Spasic (ex-Real Madrid) were team mates. Dowe featured mainly in cup games and pre-season tournaments against the likes of Real Zaragoza who had Gus Poyet in their ranks and Barcelona who had former Manchester United & Dutch player Jordi Cruyff. Dowe went on to play in the Scottish 1st division for Ayr United F.C., under former QPR and Aston Villa player Simon Stainrod. He memorably scored a 35-yard volley in the Ayrshire Cup Final during a win over local rivals Kilmarnock F.C. in 1995. After the season end, he went to play in the Swedish league playing for Tidaholm GIF. Returning to England he fell into non-league football playing for Hyde United which saw him star in their most successful run in the FA Vase.A persistent knee injury kept Dowe out of the game for the best part of 2 years. On his return to the game, he played in the north-west counties with Colne F.C. before making a leap back into league football with Rochdale A.F.C.. Again, glimpses of his ability occasionally surfaced, particularly in an FA CUP game against Burton Albion, when he scored with a 30-yard strike to seal a 3-0 win. On leaving Rochdale he joined Morecambe F.C., making his debut for the club on 23 September 2000. He later joined Latvian team FK Ventspils who signed him after a trial game against the Latvian National team after which he continued playing in non-league football around Greater Manchester before the accumulation of 7 knee operations totally ended his playing career.
- Manchester City F.C.]
- Wigan Athletic F.C. (1992–93) 5 apps 0 goals (1st team) 20 apps 14 goals (2nd team) 23 apps 20 goals (youths)
- CA Marbella (1993–94) 6 apps 2 goals (1st team)
- Ayr United F.C. (1994–95) 7 apps 1 goal (1st team) 8 apps 6 goals (2nd team)
- Tidaholm GIF (1995) 5 games 0 goals (1st team)
- Hyde United F.C. (1995–96) 9 apps 1 goal
- Colne F.C. (1998–99) 28 apps 7 goals
- Rochdale A.F.C (1999-00) 10 apps 1 goals (1st team) 14 apps 7 goals (2nd team)
- Burton Albion F.C. (loan) (1999-00) 5 apps 0 goals
- Morecambe F.C. (2000–01) 9 apps 1 goal (1st team) 3 apps 4 goals (2nd team)
- FK Ventspils (2001) 14 games 8 goals (all comps)
- Oldham Town F.C. (2001) ?
- Bacup Borough F.C. (2001–02) ?
- Hyde United F.C. (2002–03) 1 app 0 goals
- New Mills A.F.C. (2003–04) ?