Date of birth
Matt Lowton became Sean Dyche’s first signing in the summer of 2015 when he was bought from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.
Born in Chesterfield, Lowton joined Sheffield United’s academy in 2004 and progressed through the ranks before breaking into the Blades’ first team in 2010.
During his time at Bramall Lane, the young defender gained experience out on loan at non-league outfit Sheffield FC and Hungarian side Ferencvaros, where he made 18 appearances.
He broke into United’s first team with a string of impressive displays in the 2010-11 season, with his first senior goal coming against the Clarets in a 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane in October 2010, but was unable to help the Blades avoid relegation to League One.
The right-back established himself as a first-team regular and in July, 2012, completed a multi-million pound move to Aston Villa, who at the time were under the stewardship of Paul Lambert.
Lowton made 37 Premier League appearances in his first season at Villa Park, scoring twice, including a memorable winning goal at Stoke City, as the Midlanders stayed clear of relegation.
He went on to make 82 appearances for Villa but, following a change of manager, played less first-team football and accepted the challenge of a drop back into the Championship when he joined the Clarets.
His arrival at Turf Moor followed the departure of Kieran Trippier to Tottenham but following an injury picked up in pre-season, he had to wait for a starting chance as Tendayi Darikwa started the 2015/16 campaign at right-back.
Lowton made his first start for the Clarets in December 2015 and then kept his shirt for the remainder of the campaign, helping Burnley win the Championship title on the back of a 23-match unbeaten run.
He then missed just two games in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign - signing a new deal until to the summer of 2020 – mid-way through the season.
And his consistent form made him a key player in a defensive unit that played a key part in keeping Sean Dyche’s side in the top flight.