Former Sheffield United star Matt Lowton hid in dressing room after own fans set stand on fire

Matt Lowton in action for Sheffield United.
Matt Lowton in action for Sheffield United.
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Former Sheffield United star Matt Lowton has revealed he once had to hide from his own fans after they set fire to the stand.

Lowton, now with Burnley, has told how he was forced to flee in terror after joining Hungarian side Ferencvaros on loan from the Blades at the age of 19.

Fans ripped up seats and set fire to the stands at half-time after a poor performance, leaving Lowton and his team-mates to cower in the safety of the dressing room,

The Chesterfield-born player said: "We were 3-1 down in one game at home with half an hour left and the fans decided to set the stand on fire and start ripping chairs out.

"So the game got abandoned and we were kept in the dressing room. They were very passionate fans. We could hear the commotion outside, the sirens. We just waited until the police calmed them down."

Lowton joined Sheffield United aged fifteen after a brief spell with Leeds United and progressed through Sheffield United's youth set up to reserve level.

He made eighteen appearances for the Hungarian side before returning to United, making his Blades debut in a 1–1 draw with Cardiff City at the end of March 2010.

During his spell at Bramall Lane, he scored ten goals in 78 games before joining Aston Villa.