Although a native
of Ipswich, Norwich's arch-rivals, Louie Donowa joined Norwich City
as a youth in 1980 aged 16 turning professional in September 1982.
Part of the FA Youth Cup
winning side of 1983, Louie managed
to make the step-up to professional football in the top-flight making
his first-team debut against Sunderland in the Milk Cup in 1982.
By the time he departed for Spain and Deportivo La Coruna in February
1986, he had made 80 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 15 times.
The highlight of this spell being the Milk Cup victory over Sunderland
in April 1985. The lowlight being a loan spell to Stoke City in
1985 (4 appearances)
He spent three years in Spain before returning to England and his
hometown team Ipswich Town although he had trials with Sheffield
United and Dutch side Willem 11 Tilburg. 23 games for the Suffolk
side preceded a move to Bristol City in July 1990 and the following
summer he joined Birmingham City. 116 league appearances (18 goals)
for Birmingham were punctured with loan spells at Burnley, Crystal
Palace, Shrewsbury and Walsall. He followed manager Barry Fry to
Second Division Peterborough in the summer of 1996 although newspaper
speculation the previous year had suggested a return to Carrow Road.
In July 1997, he was transferred from Peterborough to Walsall before
he joined Scottish side Ayr.
In July 1998, Louie had a trial with Cambridge United. He also trained
with Northampton Town but was expected to be offered a short term
contract by Cambridge. Surprisingly he didn't travel with the U's
to Torquay for their opening game of the 1998/99 season and instead
played for King's Lynn in a friendly against Boreham Wood. He then
signed for Finnish side TPS Turku.
The March 1999 edition of Team Talk
magazine revealed that
Louie had since signed for Dr Martens Leaguers Boston United where
he will face competition from Chris Waddle for a place on the wing.
His stay in Lincolnshire was brief as Louie only played one game
for Boston (and was substituted in that) before being released.
On Transfer Deadline Day (23rd March 2000) Louie had joined non-leaguers
Tamworth but he has since moved on.