When I was young playing with a football in the garden at my mum and dads house in the canyon at Rawmarsh, our next door neighbour Jimmy Miller* said to me if you want to be a good footballer you should learn to kick with both feet.
So from that day on I used to practise kicking the ball with my left foot into the goal. Although I didn’t play professionally, I did play in a good standard of football with Rawmarsh Welfare and Denaby United in the Yorkshire League and Mexborough Town in the Midland League and we did get paid expenses so I suppose it was as a part time professional .
The 2 goals I scored in the 1978 final were with my left foot so I had to thank Jimmy Miller for his advice all those years before as it helped me throughout the time I played football from 1966 to 1989
*Jimmy's son Peter had won a Montagu Cup winner's medal and a Rotherham Charity Cup winner's medal in 1961 and 1960 with Parkgate Welfare.
Rawmarsh Welfare 1980: Back Row (L to R): Dave Caine, Bob Davison, George Bartholomew, Graham Marshall, Tony Lowe, Gary Cooke, Keith Hall.
Front Row (L to R): John Elliot, Paul Carr, Kevin Eades, Allan Craw, Andy Wademan
Horse & Jockey 1976-77 Back Row (L to R): John Marshall, Bob Fletcher, Steve Bailey, George Bartholomew, Brian Lowe, Graham Marshall, John Wheeler, Steve Murfin, Tony Lowe, Trevor Murphy, Albert Kirk, John Lannigan
Front Row (L to R): Les Payne, Steve Roddis, Frank Morley, John Swales, Dino Zaccaria, Allan Craw, Sam Warren, Alan Smith. Mascot: Jonathan Lowe