Lowe And Booty Return At Hyde
Gary Lowe and Martyn Booty have been announced as manager and assistant manager respectively at Vanarama Conference North club Hyde Football Club.
The re-appointment of the duo comes only hours after Scott McNiven left Ewen Fields. Lowe originally took on the job as Hyde manager over four years ago after leaving Curzon Ashton. They now face a difficult task to achieve survival in the Football Conference this season, starting with Sunday’s match against promotion hopefuls Barrow AFC.
Lowe and Booty famously led the Tigers to the Conference North title in 2012 but then resigned, having been unable to agree personal terms on a new deal or playing budget with the clubs owner John Manship.
A former Curzon Ashton player, Lowe cut his managerial teeth with Woodley Sports, leading the side to the North West Counties League Second Division championship on goal difference over Curzon Ashton, but the following season he moved to The Nash where he enjoyed a successful 11-year spell in charge at Curzon Ashton.
In his first season Gary took the club to the Worthington Challenge Trophy Final where they lost to Formby on penalties. In 2007 he reached the semi-final of the FA Vase where Curzon Ashton were beaten 3–2 by eventual winners Truro City over two legs, however they were promoted to the Northern Premier League as runners up to FC United of Manchester. The club’s finest hour came in the 2008–09 season, Curzon reached the FA Cup Second Round after they defeated League Two side Exeter City 3–2. However they lost 2–0 away in the second round at Conference Premier club Kidderminster Harriers.