Rovers midfielder Jason Lowe is the next player in the hot-seat for our new feature where we get to know the person behind the player...
What’s your earliest memory?
Probably my first day at school – St Thomas’ Primary School in Leigh, where I visited with Kick It Out last week. I remember going in with shorts on and long, grey socks! My mother made me look daft. I think that’s my first memory.
What sort of child were you?
Very active, never in the house, I always had my dinner on the back field behind my mum’s. I drove her mad coming in late at night. But quite a good kid I think.
What are you best at outside of football?
I like all sports and I think I’m reasonably good at the majority of stuff that requites hand-eye coordination. I usually tend to help my little sister out with any Maths homework from her school, which I quite enjoy still from time to time. I couldn’t go back learning, but I quite enjoy helping her solve equations and things like that.
What would you like to be better at?
Football – so that I could play at a higher level. And probably cooking. I enjoy cooking, so I’d like to keep getting better at that.
Tell us a secret about yourself?
I’ve just recently started playing the guitar, which not many people know about, but I suppose now that might be asking me to play them a little bit and I’m not very good, so we’ll see how that goes!
What is your most treasured possession?
Probably some of the shirts that I’ve collected – (Frank) Lampard’s, (Yaya) Toure’s, those kind of players that you play against. They’re certainly up there with the ones that you treasure, especially the Lampard one because it was my Premier League debut (against Chelsea), so I suppose that one edges it. I’ve got them framed and ready to be hung up when I collect a few more.
Who is the biggest star name in your phone book?
Off the top of my head, probably Jonesy – Phil Jones of Man U. I still keep in touch with him, he’s a good lad, I get on really well with him and always have done.
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Probably the own goal against Ipswich away a couple of years ago. I think I was playing at left-back that day and actually did ever so well I think, and then put their goal in for the equaliser, which wasn’t a pleasant moment for sure! It was quite late on and it would have been a great victory for us, but unfortunately it hit my toe as I went to block the ball coming back across the six-yard box and I put it in the top corner! Those things happen and thankfully it’s the only OG I’ve ever scored.
Who do you most admire?
I look up to my granddad. He’s a great bloke in my eyes. Football-wise, when I first came in, you look at people who are in the first team, so obviously Dunny was here and Steven Reid at the time, so probably those two when I was coming through.
Your room, your football boots and your car – which do you clean first?
Well it’s not the boots, because H (Harry Kenyon) does them. It would have been back in the day, but now I’d say room, car, boots.
Could you survive in the wild on your own?
I watch the odd episode of Bear Grylls, but I’m not too sure. Maybe throw me in there one day and let’s see what happens! It would be a funny TV show, wouldn’t it?
What kind of people do you dislike?
Arrogant people and people who take themselves a bit too seriously, I’ve got no time for that. There’s no need to be like that.
What makes you angry?
Those types of people more than anything. I’m a pretty mellow guy I think, so people that are arrogant and a bit above their station.
How many close friends do you have?
Close friends, I can probably count them on one hand. I think that’s all you need really. I get on with all the boys here and there’s obviously a couple who I really get on well with and see outside of football pretty often. The ones who I see outside of here are lads who I’ve grown up with and I think it’s important to have them around you.
What is the funniest thing that you’ve seen recently?
Probably one of the fans we saw who was celebrating one of our goals against Swansea, who looked the spitting image of Dunny on the video! That was pretty funny, but I don’t think Dunny was too happy!
What is the worst/best decision you have ever made?
Best decision would be coming here to play football full-time. Obviously you have options when you leave school, but to pursue what I wanted to do was the best one. The worst decision I’ve ever made, probably learning to play the guitar, because I feel like smashing it at times, but it’s all good fun!
What has been your most bizarre life experience?
Maybe the Virgin Galactic thing that takes you up to space so you can see the earth. I think that’s quite incredible to imagine.
What are three things that you would like to do before you die?
A sky dive, travel the world and I’d probably like to be a manager after I finish playing football. I’d like to experience that and see what it’s like, or certainly be involved on the coaching side.
What team(s) do you support outside of football?
I follow Leigh Centurions a little bit, with them being where I’m from. I tend to keep half an eye on how they’re doing. Other than that, I’ll watch anything that’s on the telly. I enjoy watching or taking part in pretty much any sport.
Are you an animal person? Do you have any pets?
No, absolutely not. Although Grant’s (Hanley) just got a dog and being round at his, I suppose you could say I’m coming round to the idea a little bit.
What last kept you awake at night?
Not a lot, because I’m a pretty good sleeper, so as soon as my head hits the pillow, I’m away.
What film, no matter how many times you’ve seen it, do you have to watch when it’s on?
Good question, because I am a film fanatic! My favourite film is Gladiator. Step Brothers is one of my favourite funny films. Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar – those types of films I think if they were on, I could watch them over and over again.
Tell me about the last time a team-mate got angry with you. What happened?
Everybody gets angry with each other at certain times, but you work it out, it stays on the field and you move onto the next training session. It’s all part of the game.
What business would you love to start?
I’m interested in property. I’m trying to get my foot through the door in that and I really enjoy that side of things outside of football.
Did you have any other jobs when you were younger?
No. I never did a paper round or anything like that. I maybe did the washing up or something at my mum’s house to get a little bit of pocket money at times back in my younger days, but that’s probably about it.
Could you find your way around a foreign country using just a map?
I think I could. Geography wasn’t one of my strong points, but I reckon I could have a good go at that.
What are you most proud of?
Probably where I’ve got to so far. Obviously a lot of people have contributed – certainly family – and I’m always in their debt for that, my mother especially. So just where I’m at at the minute and I’ll just keep working hard to see where it takes me. I’m proud to be in the position where I’m at at the minute.
What is your idea of fun? If given a chance to skip training for a day, how would you spend your day off?
I like to relax. It’s an ideal time to switch off, lounge about, go to the Trafford Centre, maybe the cinema, being a film fan. Maybe some golf if the weather’s right – and give Grant (Hanley) a good whopping on the course!
What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
I’ve not gone to enough exotic places to try something outrageous, but I think mussels, when you go to seafood places, are a weird texture for me. They don’t agree with my stomach I don’t think!
If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Driving in with traffic I think. If I could avoid traffic every day, which is not too bad, but when it happens it’s an absolute nightmare!
What's the one thing you can't live without?
Family. I’m very close to them and they’re always there for me and vice-versa.
Would you rather...
... skip Christmas for a year or skip your birthday for a year?
… live without your computer/laptop or your television for the rest of your life?
… be able to fly whenever you want or be invisible?
Be able to fly.
… have a beautiful house and ugly car or ugly house and beautiful car?
Beautiful house, ugly car.
... visit the world 1,000 years into the past or 1,000 years into the future?
Into the future.
... be rich and ugly or poor and good looking?
Rich and ugly.
… go sky diving or deep-sea diving?
… have a chef or a cleaner?
Have a cleaner.