Date and Place of Birth
13th September 1985 - WOLVERHAMPTON
Transfers to and from Burnley
from WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS - 30th June 2005 (loan)
returned - 11th December 2005
First and Last Burnley Games
DERBY COUNTY (h) - 27th August 2005
sub: replaced Gifton Noel-Williams
SHEFFIELD UNITED (a) - 10th December 2005
QUEENS PARK RANGERS (loan), SWANSEA CITY (loan),
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (loan), CHELTENHAM TOWN (loan),
PORT VALE (loan), HEREFORD UNITED,
CHELTENHAM TOWN, YORK CITY
Burnley Career Stats
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Profile by Tony Scholes
Keith Lowe become something of a loan ranger in the first few years of his career but when he signed for the Clarets in August 2005 it was his first time away from his hometown club Wolves.
When Steve Cotterill strengthened his squad on the last Friday in August 2005, five days before the Football League's first ever transfer window closed, it was no surprise to see a central defender on the shopping list. A week earlier both John McGreal and Wayne Thomas had been ruled out of our game at Watford and Frank Sinclair had been forced off with injury.
The 19-year-old Wolves defender duly signed on a month's loan, and later that day was followed by John Spicer and Jon Harley who also signed on the dotted line. Lowe was named as a substitute the following day at home to Derby County and replaced Gifton Noel-Williams twelve minutes into the second half.
It was his first taste of first team action since December 2004 when he played for the full game in Wolves' 1-1 draw at Watford. Glenn Hoddle took over as manager following that game and he was immediately left out of the side.
He joined Wolves straight from school, a dream come true for a committed fan to become an apprentice at the club, and he followed that up by winning his first full time contract. His first team debut came in a League Cup tie at Rochdale whilst still eighteen and a month later he made his league debut in a home game against Cardiff.
But Dave Jones departed, and in came Hoddle and to get some first team action he moved to Turf Moor. With Thomas suffering a long term injury just two days after Lowe's debut it meant more first team action for him than he probably expected, and he impressed with some assured performances at the back.
It was good enough for the Clarets to extend the loan and he remained with us until mid-December after which the loan deal couldn't be extended. In all he played nineteen games for us of which thirteen were starts, and he did well for us. There were suggestions we might want to take him on a long term loan during the second half of the season but with Thomas returning nothing materialised.
He scored twice whilst with the Clarets, although he was somewhat unfortunate with both goals. The only one that counted came in the Carling Cup against Barnsley, but the cameras failed to capture the goal so only the four and a half thousand there ever saw it. His second against Leicester was wrongly ruled out for offside by an assistant who got his decision very badly wrong.
On returning to Wolves he was determined to get himself back into the side, but it hasn't happened and he's only played three games for them since returning. His next first team action came a month after he'd left Burnley, when we went on loan to QPR.
That turned into an unfortunate move. Ian Holloway signed him but was almost immediately placed on garden leave and new boss Gary Waddock didn't want him. After just one game in the blue and white hoops he was sent back to Wolves.
A loan to Swansea followed, and although not able to win a regular place in the side, he did grab himself a Millennium Stadium appearance, and a winners medal, in the Auto Windscreens Final. On returning to Wolves he did make three appearances during April. Had he finally convinced Hoddle?
It didn't matter, Hoddle left, and last season his only first team football came during two loan spells in League One with Cheltenham. He had a month a Brighton first, but didn't get into the side, but then went on to make fourteen league starts for the Robins under former Burnley assistant John Ward.
Back at Wolves he had one season left on his contract, but that again wasl be spent away from Molineux. He signed a season loan deal with Port Vale who would have liked to have signed him permanently. Boss Mick McCarthy wouldn't sell, he still believed he could become a first team player at Wolves.
Things didn't go too well at Vale. They were relegated to League Two at the end of the season and things got worse for Lowe when McCarthy didn't offer him a new deal. He spent some of pre-season with Luton and then moved on to Kidderminster Harriers and kicked off the season with them. After four appearances he signed a one year contract with them in early September.
Lowe played throughout the 2008/09 season for Kidderminster, managed by former Burnley player and coach Mark Yates, but he was released at the end of his contract on 12th May 2009. Just ten days later he signed a one year deal with League Two club Hereford United, becoming new manager John Trewick's first signing.
He spent the entire season with Hereford but wasn't offered a new contract. That saw him return to a former loan club in Cheltenham Town and on 28th June 2010 he signed a one year deal with them. That was extended by a further year at the end of the 2010/11 season meaning Lowe will spend at least one more season at Whaddon Road. At the end of November 2013 he signed for York on loan until January after which he made the move permanent on a deal until the end of the 2014/15 season.