Lowton, Wilf

Birth Date

3rd October 1899


Exeter, Devon



Biographical Text

Growing up in Heavitree, Wilf Lowton played for Exeter City between 1924 and 1929 having joined the club from Heavitree United. Moving on to Wolves for £1,400 in the summer of 1929 he was captain of his new club’s Second Division championship-winning side in 1931/32 and made nearly 200 league appearances for the Molineux side. He returned to St James’ Park for the 1935/36 season before retiring.     

Signed from Heavitree United as a twenty-four-year-old amateur in 1924, Wilf turned professional in September 1925 and made his Exeter City league debut in a 3-0 home win over Queen’s Park Rangers on 23 September 1925 when he scored from the penalty spot. 

He was subsequently in-and-out of the team during his first three seasons at St James’  Park and it wasn’t until the 1928/29 season when Wilf truly won a regular first-team place as he accumulated 13, 19, 7, and 36 league appearances in the seasons between 1925 and 1929. 

Now finally developing his full potential in his late twenties, Wolverhampton Wanderers paid a £1,400 fee to sign Wilf in the summer of 1929 and he soon became a first-team regular and part of the team that won the Second Division championship in 1931/32. Ultimately making 198 league appearances for the Molineux club, whilst scoring 25 goals along the way, Wilf played for Wolves through to the summer of 1935. 

Now aged thirty-five, Wilf returned to St James‘ Park to make another 18 league appearances before retiring. Briefly serving as assistant trainer in August 1936, he left the post after a few months and later became manager of Exmouth United in September 1947. 

Wilf died in Exmouth on 12 January 1963.







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