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Arthur Lowder

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 1
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captain: none
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  Arthur Lowder
Birth Wednesday, 11 February 1863 in Tattenhall Road, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
  registered in Wolverhampton January-March 1863
Education Attended St. Luke's School in Blakenhall

According to the 1871 census, Arthur is the sixth of nine children to Joseph and Caroline (née Cund) and they all live at 17 Dudley Road in Wolverhampton. His father is a coach trimmer.


According to the 1881 census, Arthur is a tin plate worker and remains at home with his parents, his father is still a coach trimmer. Arthur is now the fourth eldest of the eight children living at The Firs, in Lower Villiers Street in Wolverhampton.

Marriage to Fanny Florence Humphreys (née Meek), in mid-1888 in Wolverhampton.
Fanny married George Humphreys, 3 September 1883 in Wolverhampton. George died late 1887 after they had one son together, George (b.1885)
  registered in Wolverhampton July-September 1888
Children Arthur and Fanny Lowder had four children together. Florence Ida (b.1890), Charles Edward (b.10 May 1894), May (b.25 May 1898) and Harold (b.10 March 1903)

According to the 1891 census, Arthur is a licensed victualler, now married to Fanny, he has a stepson, George, and their own daughter, Florence. They live at The Woolpack, at 55 Snow Hill in Wolverhampton.
An application to the courts in 1895 showed that Lowder was in charge of The Swan Inn in Brewood.


According to the 1901 census, Arthur is still married with two more children, Charles and May. He remains a licensed victualler, but is also a cab proprietor. With two servants, they live at The Swan Inn, in the Market Place, Brewood in Cannock.
(His youngest, Harold Lowder, born in 1903, died later in the year)

"LICENSEE SUMMONED - Arthur Lowder, licensee of the Albion Inn, Willenhall, was summoned for attempting to take fish from a private stream belonging to Mr Francis Monckton, at Brewood, on the first instance—Defendant wrote asking for the case to be adjourned as he was desirous of consulting a solicitor.—The Bench agreed to the application." - The Lichfield Mercury, Friday, 15 July 1910.
"AFTER THE FISH - Arthur Lowder, licensee of the Albion Inn, Willenhall, was summoned for attempting to take fish from a private stream belonging to Mr Francis Monckton, at Standeford.—David Morrison said that at 8.10 p.m. on July 1st he saw the defendant fishing in the stream. On being spoken to he said he was trying to catch a fish for his brother, who was very ill. He told witness that he had received permission from the tenant of the land to do a little fishing.—In cross-examination, witness admitted that he had not received written authority from his master to take proceedings. There was some "free fishing" close to the spot in question.—Defendant, on oath, said he had fished in the stream for over thirty years, and had never been cautioned. He did not know the exclusive right of fishing belonged to the landlord. The Bench imposed a fine of to the landlord.—The Bench imposed a fine of 5s. and 18s. 3d. costs." - The Lichfield Mercury, Friday, 29 July 1910

(His father died in early 1911)
According to the 1911 census, Arthur is a hotel manager, and with his wife and one of their children, and stepson, they live at 10 Church Street in Wolverhampton.
(His mother died 9 August 1914)


According to the 1921 census, Arthur is a beer manager, and with his wife and his daughter, Florence, they now live at the Queen's Arms on Hill Street in Hednesford.

  "Arthur Lowder, an ex-captain of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who was 'capped' for England in 1889 when he played against Wales at Stoke, is now in Cologne recovering from a serious illness. A few weeks ago his life was despaired of, but he has been successfully operated upon in the British Military Hospital." - The Nottingham Evening Post, Monday, 8 December 1924
Death Monday, 4 January 1926 in Taunton, Somerset
aged 62 years 327 days registered in Taunton January-March 1926


"A Famous 'Wolf'
The death of Arthur Lowder, a former 'Wolves' player, which has occurred at Taunton, recalls the time when 'Wolves' had eight internationals in the team. He was a left half-back, and was one of the eleven which was defeated 3-0 by Preston in the final of the F.A. Cup at Kennington Oval in 1889. During that season he was capped against Wales. He was paying for 'Wolves' from 1883 to 1890" - Birmingham Daily Gazette, Thursday, 7 January 1926.
  Fanny Lowder died in early 1944


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Patrick Talbot's White Shirt, Black Country &

Playing Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Wolverhampton. He joined Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in 1882 until late 1891, when injury forced his retirement.
League History
46 appearances, one goal
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1888-91 46 appearances, one goal.
debut: 9 September 1888 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 Aston Villa FC 1.
last: 26 December 1891 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 1 Sunderland AFC 3.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1888-89;
Football League third place 1888-89 (18ᵃ 1ᵍ).
Individual honours None
Height/Weight 5' 8", 10st. 6lbs [1889]. 5' 5" [Patrick Talbot].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 152nd player (153) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 35, 23 February 1889, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Victoria Ground, Boothen, Stoke-upon-Trent, aged 26 years 12 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89
Individual honours The North (one appearance, January 1889)
Distinctions Lowder was the first of three players to die in January 1926, ten days before after John Rawlinson, twenty before Anthony Hossack.

Beyond England

Was a coach in France & Norway in the 1920's. He was also in Germany in 1924, where he recovered from serious illness in Cologne. He returned to the Midlands and later becoming Chairman of Brewood Parish Council in 1924 for two years. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.160./White Shirt Black Country. Patrick Talbot (2004). Black Country Society, p.40

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
4 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 4 1 +4 0 0 4 1 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 4 1 +4 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1889-90 0 0 0 0 0 0 =0 0 0 0.00 0.00 00.0 =0
BC All 1 1 0 0 4 1 +4 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 4 1 +4 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 4 1 +4 0 0 4 1 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 25 trial  
one appearance - The North vs. The South, 19 January 1889;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 26
1 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1
Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent
BC HW   ch

one of five who became the 152nd player (153) to appear for England
one of two who became the third player from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC to represent England

36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW withdrew

Age 27
38 15 March 1890 - Ireland 1 England 9, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW reserve
39 15 March 1890 - Wales 1 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham AW