|Date Of Birth:||1902|
|Place Of Birth:||Hollywood, Co Down|
|Date Of Death:||1964|
|Place Of Death:||Barrow|
|Debut:||27-Oct-29, League, (A) v. Shamrock Rovers|
Ex-Bangor wing-half cum centre-half Jack Slowey, who had also seen service with Larne and Hollywood, was recruited by Dundalk in October 1929 to fill the centre-half slot but an injury to right-half Pat Lennon on Jack’s debut saw him moved to the no. 4 spot. On Lennon’s return after two months absence Jack took over the centre-half position for the remainder of the year.
In the 1930-31 season, he was back at right-half in a near ever-present half-back line—Slowey, Ted Reed, Dicky Johnstone—that powered the team to runner-up in the League and qualification for the club’s first FAI Cup final, lost controversially to Shamrock Rovers after a replay.
The extra revenues from this season’s success provided the resources to buy a new team for the 1931-32 season, including the returned Sam Patton and new centre-half Albert Harrison, limiting Jack’s opportunities for first team duty.
Three of his appearances were at right-full, covering for the injured Andy McCluggage. But Jack’s performances with the Reserve team did not go unnoticed and in a prestige game against the Scottish Central League in March 1932, he was honoured with the centre half position on the Leinster League team.
He remained with the reserves during the Championship winning 1932-33 year. In 1939 he moved to Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, where he worked for many years as a fitter and turner with Vickers Armstrong. Until the mid-fifties he regularly returned with his family at holiday time to his native home in Holywood. His first senior club in the Irish League was Larne and they had recruited him from junior outfit Oldpark.
What They Said About Him
The pre-Final pen Pic in Sport described him as ‘…the dogged type of player who keeps pegging away from the first to the ninetieth minute…has rendered the Dundalk club yeoman service…pulls up his knickers as well as his socks and that is an indication that he means business…’
1 Win: League 1932-33.
3 Runners Up: League and FAI Cup 1930-31; Shield 1932-33.