Don Cowan

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Don Cowan
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Don Cowan in action for Longford Town in a 0-1 win against Galway F.C. in the League of Ireland First Division in March 2014
Personal information
Full name Don Cowan
Date of birth (1989-11-16) 16 November 1989 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth New York City, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Longford Town
Number 17
Youth career
2008–2009 Shamrock Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Shamrock Rovers 8 (0)
2010 Longford Town (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011 Longford Town 19 (8)
2011–2013 Stevenage 8 (0)
2012 Braintree Town (loan) 1 (0)
2013 Dundee 2 (0)
2013 Southend United 2 (0)
2013 Stevenage 1 (0)
2014– Longford Town 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:11, 28 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Don Cowan (born 16 November 1989) is an American-born Irish footballer who plays as a striker for League of Ireland side Longford Town.

Cowan started his career with Shamrock Rovers, playing for the club's 'A' team before making a number of substitute appearances for the first-team over two seasons. He joined Longford Town on loan to gain first-team experience, and the move was made permanent ahead of the 2011 season. After impressing during the season at Longford, Cowan signed for League One club Stevenage for an undisclosed fee in August 2011. In November 2012, Cowan joined Braintree Town on a one-month loan deal, although returned prematurely due to injury. He left Stevenage by mutual consent in January 2013. In January 2014 he re-joined Longford Town.

Career[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Cowan began his career with Shamrock Rovers, featuring for the club's 'A' team throughout 2009,[3][4] scoring his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win against Bray Wanderers.[5] He progressed to the first-team, making his League of Ireland debut as an 87th minute substitute in Rovers' 2–1 win over St Patrick's Athletic on 4 July 2009.[6][7] He made four further appearances during the 2009 season, all of which were from the substitute's bench during the latter stages of each match.[8][9][10][11] Cowan made his first appearance of the 2010 campaign in Rovers' 2–0 home defeat to Dundalk, featuring as a 59th minute substitute.[12] He made three substitute appearances for Shamrock Rovers during the early stages of the season,[13][14] before going on loan to First Division side Longford Town in June 2010 to play regular first-team football.[1][15] He made his debut for Longford in the club's 1–1 home draw with Cork City on 3 July 2010, starting a first-team match for the first time in his career.[16] Cowan made a total of 13 appearances for Longford during the 2010 campaign, eight of which were starting appearances, although he failed to get on the scoresheet.[1]

Ahead of the 2011 season, Cowan signed for Longford Town on a permanent basis.[4] He scored his first ever goal in Longford's first game of the season, scoring in the fourth minute of the match in an eventual 2–1 defeat to Shelbourne on 5 March 2011.[17][18] Six days later, he scored again, sealing Longford's first victory of the season by scoring their second goal in a 2–0 away win at Wexford Youths.[19] In April 2011, Cowan scored in home victories against Waterford United and Salthill Devon respectively, taking his goal tally to four.[20][21] He also scored in games against Limerick,[22] Monaghan United,[23] and Finn Harps.[24] In July 2011, Cowan went on trial with Championship side Millwall after he had impressed in a friendly between the two clubs.[25] He played for Millwall reserves in a match against Brighton & Hove Albion, but ultimately did not earn a contract with the club.[26][27] Cowan returned to Longford in early August, scoring his last goal for the club in a home defeat to Shelbourne on 13 August 2011, having scored his first professional goal against the same team five months earlier.[28][29] His last appearance for Longford was in a 3–1 home loss to Bohemians in the FAI Cup on 27 August.[1][30][31] Cowan played 33 times for Longford in all competitions, scoring eight goals.[32]

Stevenage[edit]

Cowan signed for League One side Stevenage on 31 August 2011, joining for an undisclosed fee after spending time on trial with the club.[3] Cowan missed Stevenage's 4–2 win over Rochdale on 3 September due to a delay in confirming his international clearance.[33] After two weeks of waiting, it was announced that international clearance was granted for Cowan on 13 September 2011, and that his undisclosed five-figure fee transfer had been completed.[34] Cowan suffered a number of "niggling injuries" that prevented him from making any first-team appearances for Stevenage during his first two months with the club,[35] although the player was an unused substitute on four separate occasions.[36] He finally made his first-team debut on 17 December 2011, coming on as a 77th minute substitute in a 2–1 home victory against Tranmere Rovers.[37][38] Cowan made his first start in Stevenage's next match, playing 57 minutes in a 6–1 away victory at Colchester United.[39] During the game, Cowan was pivotal in the first two goals, linking up well with Stevenage striker Chris Beardsley on both occasions.[40] He scored four of Stevenage's five goals in the club's 5–0 Herts Senior Cup victory over Barnet on 31 January 2012, all of which were scored in the first-half of the match.[41] In the following round of the Herts Senior Cup, an away tie against Bishop's Stortford,[42] Cowan was substituted after a "rather innocuous tackle" caused swelling to his right ankle.[43] The following day, an X-ray displayed a transverse fracture at the base of the tibia, and Cowan was ruled out of first-team action for six months,[43] subsequently missing the remainder of the 2011–12 season, as well as the start of the following campaign.[44]

In November 2012, having failed to make any first-team appearances since recovering from his six-month injury, Cowan was loaned out to Conference National side Braintree Town on a one-month loan deal.[45] However, after just eight minutes into his Braintree debut, in an away fixture against Southport on 8 December 2012, he had to be substituted due to injury.[46] Cowan returned to Stevenage prematurely, and in January 2013, it was announced that he had left the club by mutual consent.[47] He made nine appearances for the club in all competitions, with his time at Stevenage blighted by a host of injuries.[47]

Dundee[edit]

In February 2013, Cowan joined SPL side Dundee on a free transfer.[48] A month after signing for the club, Cowan made his debut in Dundee's 1–1 draw away to rivals Dundee United, coming on as an 80th minute substitute.[49] Cowan's first-team opportunities were limited under new manager John Brown, and he was released by the club following Dundee's relegation having made just two substitute appearances.[50][51]

Southend United[edit]

In August 2013, Cowan joined League Two side Southend United on a free transfer, signing a one-month contract.[52] He made his debut in Southend's 1–0 home defeat to Yeovil Town in the League Cup on 6 August, playing the first 71 minutes of the match.[53] Cowan made just two further appearances during his month-long spell with the club, the first as a second-half substitute in Southend's 1–0 away victory at Hartlepool United,[54] and then as a 78th minute substitute in a 2–1 defeat at Chesterfield.[55] He left Southend upon the expiry of his one-month deal.[56]

Return to Stevenage[edit]

Without a club for a month, Cowan rejoined League One side Stevenage on 27 September, joining on a one-month contract.[57] A day later, he appeared as a second-half substitute in Stevenage's 4–1 away loss to Milton Keynes Dons.[58]

Longford Town[edit]

In January 2014 he re-joined Longford Town.

Personal life[edit]

Cowan was born in New York City.[59] His footballing hero when growing up was Andy Cole.[59]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 October 2013.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shamrock Rovers
2009[60]
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2010[32][60]
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Longford Town
2010[32][60]
13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2011[32][60]
19 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 20 8
Total 32 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 33 8
Stevenage 2011–12[61] 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2012–13[62] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Braintree Town (loan) 2012–13[63] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Dundee 2012–13[64] 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Southend United 2013–14[65] 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Stevenage 2013–14[51] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Career totals 54 8 1 0 1 0 2 0 58 8
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in League of Ireland.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FAI Cup.

References[edit]

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