Gary Owers

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Gary Owers
Personal information
Full name Gary Owers
Date of birth (1968-10-03) 3 October 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
-1986 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986-1994 Sunderland 268 (25)
1994-1998 Bristol City 130 (9)
1998-2002 Notts County 154 (12)
2002-2003 Forest Green Rovers 50 (1)
2003-2005 Bath City 67 (6)
2005-2006 Forest Green Rovers 0 (0)
2006-2007 Weston-super-Mare
2007 Minehead
Teams managed
2003-2005 Bath City
2005-2006 Forest Green Rovers
2007 Weston-super-Mare
2009-2011 Aldershot Town (assistant manager)
2012-2014 Plymouth Argyle (assistant manager)
2015 - Motherwell (Head of Recruitment)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Owers (born 3 October 1968) is an English former professional footballer and was previously manager of Forest Green Rovers as well as the Assistant Manager at League Two sideS Aldershot Town and Plymouth Argyle. He's currently the Head of Recruitment at Motherwell


Born in Gateshead, Owers began his career with Sunderland, making his debut in 1986 and playing in the 1992 FA Cup Final, in which Sunderland lost to Liverpool. In December 1994 Owers moved to Bristol City for a fee of £250,000, and he spent four years there, before moving to Sam Allardyce's Notts County in the summer of 1998. In 2000 Owers signed a new two-year deal with Notts County.[1] He was released by Notts County at the of the 2001-02 season and was signed by Nigel Spink, the manager of Forest Green Rovers in August 2002.[2]

Owers became player-coach at Bath City in October 2003.[3] He was appointed as Bath's new manager the following month,[4] and led them to sixth place in the Southern League Premier Division in 2005-2006, missing out on the play-offs on goal difference.

Owers replaced Alan Lewer as manager of Forest Green Rovers in May 2005 after they had been relegated from the Conference.[5] However, they got a surprise reprieve as Northwich's ground failed to meet Conference rules, meaning they were relegated with Forest Green taking their place.

In his first season in charge of Forest Green Rovers, he led the team to 19th place in the Conference avoiding relegation on the last day of the season with a 2-0 victory over Stevenage Borough.Became Forest Green Rovers first professional full-time manager.

On 11 November 2009 Aldershot Town Manager Kevin Dillon, confirmed that Owers was to be his new Assistant Manager at Aldershot Town.Under Dillon and Owers Shots finished in their highest ever league position ( 6th ) before losing to Rotherham over a two legged play off semi final.

In June 2011 Owers was appointed as a scout at former club Bristol City under manager Keith Millen.Promoted to first team coach after the arrival of Derek Mcinnes.

In June 2012 Owers joined the coaching staff at Plymouth Argyle primarily to work with the youth team players under newly appointed Academy Manager Kevin Hodges. In January 2013 Owers was promoted from Argyle's youth set-up to begin working with the first team by newly appointed manager John Sheridan.[6]

In April 2014 Owers left Plymouth Argyle, with his role being taken up duly by Sean McCarthy and player Paul Wotton.[7]

In March 2015, Owers was confirmed Head of Recruitment at SPFL Premiership side Motherwell.[8]


External links[edit]

Gary Owers career statistics at Soccerbase