Bobby Cowell

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Bobby Cowell
Personal information
Full name Robert Cowell
Date of birth (1922-12-05)5 December 1922
Place of birth Trimdon, England
Date of death 11 January 1996(1996-01-11) (aged 73)
Place of death Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Blackhall Colliery Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1955 Newcastle United 289 (0)
Total 289 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert "Bobby" Cowell (5 December 1922 – 11 January 1996) was an English football (soccer) defender. During his football career he only played for one club, Newcastle United.[1][2][3] Despite his success with Newcastle he failed to win any caps for the English national team.

Career[edit]

Cowell was born in Trimdon Grange and worked as a coalminer at Blackhall Colliery as a teenager, as well as playing for the non-league football team Blackhall Colliery Welfare. He joined Newcastle in October 1943 at the age of 20 – a time when the club were only playing friendly matches as World War II meant all the football leagues in England were suspended. He made 81 appearances for Newcastle as a right-back.[4]

He made his Football League debut on 1 February 1947 in a match against Barnsley and would feature a further 12 times before the end of the season. He only played 19 league games for the rest of the following season as Newcastle were promoted into the First Division. However he bided his time and became the club's first choice right-back for the 1948–49 season.

Cowell was the only player to feature in all three of Newcastle's FA Cup successes during the 1950s. He won his first FA Cup winners medal in 1951[5] when Newcastle beat Blackpool 2–0 and the following year[5] he was part of the team that surprised Arsenal and the first team to retain the cup since 1891. He won his third FA Cup title in 1955[5] against Manchester City.

Retirement and death[edit]

Bobby Cowell was forced to retire in 1955 at the age of 33 when he picked up a serious knee injury during a pre-season tour of Germany. He had made 330 appearances for Newcastle.

One of Newcastle United's top goalscorers of all time, Jackie Milburn, stated that Cowell was "the best uncapped fullback I've ever known".

Bobby Cowell died on 11 January 1996 in Newcastle upon Tyne, aged 73.

Career statistics[edit]

[6]

Club Season League FA Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 1945–46 2 0 0 0 2 0
1946–47 13 0 4 0 0 0 17 0
1947–48 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
1948–49 38 0 1 0 0 0 39 0
1949–50 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
1950–51 42 0 8 0 0 0 50 0
1951–52 40 0 7 0 0 0 47 0
1952–53 36 0 2 0 1 0 39 0
1953–54 41 0 4 0 2 0 47 0
1954–55 40 0 10 0 0 0 50 0
Total 289 0 38 0 3 0 330 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Charity Shield and Coronation Cup.

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Newcastle United

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Where are they now". Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bobby Cowell profile". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bobby Cowell statistics". Football Database. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  4. ^ B.J. Hugman, Rothmans Football League Players Records The Complete A–Z 1946–1981, 1981, p. 109
  5. ^ a b c "FA Cup Finals 1946–2000". RSSF. Retrieved 26 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player Profile: Bobby Cowell". toon1892.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 

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