Will Lowton

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Wilf Lowton was born in Exeter in 1899 and starred in the successful Ladysmith Road School team. He joined City as an amateur from Heavitree United in 1924 and turned professional the following year. Wilf made his debut at home to QPR and scored from the spot in a 3-0 win. He was renowned for particularly hard dead ball shots. In 1928/29, Lowton hit top form, playing in 40 League and cup games as a full-back, scoring five goals. These performances caught the eye of Wolverhampton Wanderers who signed him for £1,400. He was a regular in their team only missing one game as he captained Wolves to their Second Division Championship win in 1931/32. Lowton played the following two seasons at the top level in Division One. After playing 209 times for Wolves, scoring 27 goals including 18 penalties, Wilf came back to Exeter where he made a further 18 appearances before retiring and briefly taking up a role as Assistant trainer. In all he made 97 League and cup appearances for the Grecians scoring nine goals. After the Second World War, Lowton was appointed manager of Exmouth United in 1947. He also was noted for his skills at model railway construction. He died in 1963.