Sunday, 6 February 2011
277 Julian Dowe
Position : Forward
Played : 1999-2000
Appearances : 7
Goals : 0
Julian was signed in September having previously been playing for Colne. Julian was a real soccer nomad. After starting out as a highly-rated youngster at Manchester City he moved to Wigan but left for Athletico Marbella while still a teenager and without having made his League debut. He returned to the UK in 1994 and made 7 appearances for Ayr Utd his time there being curtailed by injuries. He moved on to Tidaholm in Sweden then Hyde United. His injury problems kept him out of the game altogether for a couple of years before signing for Colne in 1998.
Julian's career for us was largely restricted to substitute appearances , nearly always for Michael Holt. He made his debut away at Rotherham and played a small part in Graham Atkinson's winner.
He started in the FA Cup tie away at Burton and was hopeless though he scored with a piledriver when he came on as sub in the replay. Shortly after that he went to Burton on loan and that was the last we saw of him.
Julian signed for Morecambe at the end of the season but only lasted a few months there. He then turned up in Latvian football with Ventspils. He then spent a few years in the North West Counties League with Oldham Town, Bacup Borough and New Mills up to 2004. He has more recently been in the news when his £0.5 million house in Sale was confiscated in 2006 as a result of suspicions he'd been involved in IRA money laundering. This stems from the property firm he set up with former Celtic boss Neil Lennon, his former City youth team colleague.