21 Jun 2020 in News
From one letter to the next, our seventh entry into our A to Z series covers another popular former manager, with the letter G being dedicated to Gary Lowe.
Lowe spent over 10 years with the Nash having been appointed manager in June 2000, after the club parted ways with Joe Murty. Lowe joined the club from Woodley Sports, where he won the North West Counties Football League Division Two title at the expense of Curzon.
Lowe, now aged 60, led the club to the Worthington Challenge Trophy Final, but suffered defeat on penalties, losing out to Formby.
Lowe was also the final manager to lead a team onto the field at our former home, National Park, from which the club moved to the Tameside Stadium in the summer of 2005.
Under Lowe, the Nash equalled the club's record run in the FA Vase, previously set in 1980, by reaching the semi-final of the competition during the 2006-07 campaign, narrowly losing out to eventual winners Truro City over two legs.
One year later, Lowe led the club to a long spoken of FA Cup second round win over Exeter City, which is featured as letter E of our A to Z series.
Gary also led the club to four Northern Premier Divison One play-off appearances.
As a player, Lowe spent time with Crystal Palace as part of their youth set up, before moves to Hereford, Caroline Hill (Hongkong), Hyde United, Curzon and Chorley followed.
Just like John Flanagan, Lowe's achievements during a lengthy spell at the club will always be remembered and we thank him for his efforts as we look back on the decade he spent at the helm!
Article by Rob Glover.