Chris Stowe

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Chris Stowe

Appearances: 0+2 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 6th November 1986

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 2005/06

Season of last appearance: 2005/06

Also played for: Hornchurch, Billericay Town, Hampton & Richmond Borough, East Thurrock United, Leyton, Grays Athletic, Southend United (0), Concord Rangers, Tilbury, AFC Hornchurch, Barkingside, Enfield 1893 and Aveley

Bustling Birmingham-born striker who started his career with Hornchurch. Chris progressed through the Urchins' youth ranks and made his first team debut early in the 2003/03 campaign aged only 16. He went on to make a total of eight substitute appearances in the Isthmian League Division 1 North up the start of April 2003 and Chris scored once - in a 2-1 home win over Great Wakering on 7.12.02.

In mid-April 2003 he was loaned to Billericay and Chris scored three goals from eight Isthmian League Premier Division outings (two as sub) before going back to Hornchurch at the end of the season.

In the summer of 2003 Chris joined Hampton & Richmond and he scored once from 11 appearances (seven as sub) for them in the Isthmian League Division 1 South before returning to Billericay in February 2004, this time on a permanent basis.

He scored three times in 11 Premier Division outings (nine as sub) before the end of the 2003/04 campaign and stayed with Ricay for the start of 2004/05 too. Chris scored two goals from ten league appearances (five as sub) in the early months of the season and played alongside future Margate strikers Bertie Brayley and Danny Hockton before joining East Thurrock on loan in December 2004.

Chris made his debut for the Rocks as they drew 1-1 with visitors Waltham Forest in a Southern League Eastern Division game on 11.12.04 and after a brief spell back at Billericay early in 2005 he returned to his original club Hornchurch on loan in February 2005.

Chris became the 70th player to be used by the Urchins during 2004/05 and on 12.3.05 he won Hornchurch a penalty when he was fouled by Margate's keeper Peter Trego in a Conference South game at Bridge Avenue. Trego was dismissed for his challenge and the spot-kick was converted to give Hornchurch a 1-0 win. By the end of the season Chris had scored seven goals from 14 outings (nine as sub) during his loan spell with the Urchins.

Having been released by Billericay Chris joined Premier Division Leyton in the summer of 2005 but he only made three appearances (two as sub) there without scoring before leaving the club.

He then had a brief spell at Grays before signing for Margate towards the end of 2005. Chris made his debut as a 60th minute substitute in a 2-1 win at Hendon in the Premier Division on 17.12.05 and the Thanet Times compared him to former Margate star Phil Collins. Manager Chris Kinnear told the paper "I wish he was Phil Collins, those were the days ! He's been injured for most of the season. He's played a couple of reserve team games for Grays and we want to have a look at him. He looked stronger the longer he was out there." Chris was an unused sub for Margate's next two matches but on 7.1.06 he made another appearance from the bench in a 1-1 draw at Maldon. It was his last outing for the club and he moved on soon afterwards.

In March 2006 Chris had a trial with Southend and played for their reserves a few times before the end of the 2005/06 campaign.

After a spell out of the game he joined Essex Senior League club Concord Rangers for the start of the 2007/08 season and Chris scored 11 goals from just 14 appearances, only four of which were starts, before leaving the club in October 2007.

He then linked up with Tilbury and made his debut for them in an eventful Isthmian League Division 1 North game at Waltham Abbey on 27.10.07. The match was abandoned after 75 minutes as the referee felt he couldn't guarantee the safety of the players following a mass brawl which involved spectators as well as players. Waltham had been winning 1-0 at the time. By the end of the 2007/08 campaign Chris had scored once from 14 league appearances (five as sub) for Tilbury.

He stayed with the Dockers for 2008/09 and Chris scored 23 goals before joining Isthmian League Premier Division outfit AFC Hornchurch in March 2009 - they were the 'phoenix club' formed after the demise of Chris' old side Hornchurch. He only made one sub appearance there before the end of the season.

Chris was back at Tilbury for the start of the 2009/10 campaign and in December 2009 he came to national prominence.

Chris was featured in various newspapers after 'gatecrashing' the studio where popular ITV show The X-Factor was being filmed and gaining access to contestants and judges along with a friend. He was working as a gym instructor and living in Hornchurch at the time. The Mirror reported that Chris had previously 'blagged' his way into the 2002 World Cup semi-final for free before having his picture taken with Brazilian star Ronaldo and had also sneaked into the Euro 2004 match between England and France in Lisbon before posing for photographs with David Beckham.

Chris ended up making 15 Isthmian League Division 1 North appearances (13 as sub) without scoring for Tilbury during 2009/10 and by March 2010 he was playing for Essex Senior League outfit Barkingside.

He joined Enfield 1893, also of the Essex Senior League, for the start of the 2010/11 season before going back to Tilbury in October 2010.

Chris made 13 league appearances (five as sub) without scoring for the Dockers but he did manage two goals in the Essex Senior Cup before signing for Premier Division club Aveley in March 2011.

Chris finished the 2010/11 campaign there but only made one substitute appearance in the league.

In May 2011 Chris was again featured in national newspapers after he and a friend borrowed outdated UEFA photographers bibs and managed to watch the whole of the Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United at Wembley from a pitchside position. They later celebrated on the pitch with the victorious Barcelona players and Chris had photos taken with Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney. The Sun described Chris as a 'serial blagger' and said he'd also managed to sneak into the 2010 Brit Awards and pose for a photo with Cheryl Cole.










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