Frank Bowyer

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Frank Bowyer
Personal information
Full name Francis Bowyer[1]
Date of birth (1922-04-10)10 April 1922[1]
Place of birth Chesterton, England[1]
Date of death 11 November 1999(1999-11-11) (aged 77)[2]
Place of death Truro, England[2]
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1960 Stoke City 398 (137)
1960–1962 Macclesfield Town 113 (69)
Total 511 (206)
Teams managed
1960–1963 Macclesfield Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Francis "Frank" Bowyer (10 April 1922 – 11 November 1999) was an English footballer who played for Stoke City.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Bowyer was born in Chesterton, Staffordshire and played for Stoke-on-Trent schools before joining Stoke City's ground staff at 15. He signed professional forms in July 1939 just before the start of World War II and he played 28 matches in 1940–41 as also guested for Derby County during the war. He missed all of Stoke's 1946–47 season due to his national service.[2] He was demobbed in February 1948 and made his Football League debut two months short of his 26th birthday some nine years after signing as a professional.[2]

He was renowned for his powerful volley shot and he top scored for Stoke in 1948–49 scoring 21 goals which but him up there with the best in the country.[2] He then handed in a transfer request which was accepted by manager Bob McGrory who wanted to swap him for Bolton's Willie Moir but Bowyer changed his mind and withdrew his request and he remained at Stoke for the rest of his career.[2] He top scored again in 1949–50 with 15 then with 19 in 1950–51. Stoke under new manager Frank Taylor suffered relegation in 1952–53 and Bowyer was top goalscorer in 1953–54, 1955–56 and 1959–60 as Stoke failed to gain a return to the top flight.[2] Taylor paid the price for failure and was replaced by Tony Waddington who deemed the 38-year old Bowyer surplus to requirements and he was released which caused controversy as he was only three goals short of Freddie Steele's record of 140.[2] He ended his career with three years as a player manager of Macclesfield Town.[2]

Post retirement[edit]

He moved to Newquay with his wife where he became a school caretaker.[2] He died in a hospital in Truro after a short illness in November 1999 aged 77.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1947–48 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
1948–49 First Division 31 21 4 0 35 21
1949–50 First Division 42 15 1 0 43 15
1950–51 First Division 39 16 4 3 43 19
1951–52 First Division 15 1 4 0 19 1
1952–53 First Division 29 3 2 0 31 3
1953–54 Second Division 41 14 3 4 44 18
1954–55 Second Division 29 13 6 2 35 15
1955–56 Second Division 42 16 5 2 47 18
1956–57 Second Division 38 14 1 0 39 14
1957–58 Second Division 36 5 5 0 41 5
1958–59 Second Division 24 6 2 0 26 6
1959–60 Second Division 31 13 1 1 32 14
Career Total 398 137 38 12 436 149

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554.