Jack Rowley

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{{Infobox football biography | name = Jack Rowley | image = | fullname = John Frederick Rowley | birth_date = (1920-10-07)7 October 1920 | birth_place = Wolverhampton, England | death_date = 28 June 1998(1998-06-28) (aged 77) | death_place = Shaw and Crompton, England | height = 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) | position = Forward | youthyears1 = 1935–1936 |youthclubs1 = Cradley Heath | years1 = 1937 |clubs1 = Bournemouth |caps1 = 22 |goals1 = 12 | years2 = 1937–1954 |clubs2 = Manchester United |caps2 = 380 |goals2 = 182 | years3 = 1954–1957 |clubs3 = Plymouth Argyle |caps3 = 56 |goals3 = 14 | totalcaps = 458 |totalgoals = 208 | nationalyears1 = 1948–1952 |nationalteam1 = England |nationalcaps1 = 6 |nationalgoals1 = 6 | manageryears1 = 1955–1960 |managerclubs1 = Plymouth Argyle | manageryears2 = 1960–1963 |managerclubs2 = Oldham Athletic | manageryears3 = 1963–1964 |managerclubs3 = Ajax | manageryears4 = 1966–1967 |managerclubs4 = [[Wrexham F.C.|Wrexham] | manageryears5 = 1968–1969 |managerclubs5 = Oldham Athletic }}manageryears5 = 1967-1968 managerclubs5 = Bradford Park Avenue John Frederick "Jack" Rowley (7 October 1920 – 28 June 1998) was an English football striker from the 1930s to the 1950s, mainly remembered for playing for Manchester United. He was nicknamed "The Gunner" because of his prolific and explosive goalscoring, scoring 211 goals in 424 appearances for United. His younger brother, Arthur, still holds the record for the highest number of career goals scored in the Football League with 434.

Career[edit]

Rowley started his professional career in 1935 with Wolverhampton Wanderers, although he never found a place in the first team. In 1937, he moved to Bournemouth & Boscombe, scoring 10 goals in his first 11 games. His talent soon brought him to the attention of larger clubs and Rowley was purchased 8 months later by Manchester United for £3,000. Still only 17, his debut for the club came on 23 October 1937 against Sheffield Wednesday. In his second game, he scored 4 goals against Swansea Town.

Initially bought as a left sided winger, he was to develop into a highly effective centre forward in Matt Busby's first United team. He helped United to the 1948 FA Cup (scoring two goals in the final) and their 1952 championship. Rowley is one of only four players in the history of Manchester United to score over 200 goals for the club, the others being Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Wayne Rooney. He left the club in 1955 to become player/manager of Plymouth Argyle.[1]

He later went on to manage Oldham Athletic, gaining promotion to the Third Division in 1963. From here, he went on to manage AFC Ajax for the 1963–64 season, before returning to Britain to manage Wrexham, Bradford, and a second spell at Oldham, which finished in 1969 and signalled the end of his managerial career.

Rowley was also capped 6 times for England scoring 6 goals, 4 of which came against Northern Ireland on 16 November 1949

Rowley died in June 1998, at the age of 77.

Statistics[edit]

Player[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other[2] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bournemouth 1936–37 - - - -
1937–38 - - - -
Total 22 12 43 5 6 789 22 12
Manchester United 1937–38 29 9 4 0 - - - - 0 0 29 9
1938–39 38 10 1 0 - - - - 0 0 39 10
1945–46 0 0 4 2 - - - - 0 0 4 2
1946–47 37 26 2 2 - - - - 0 0 39 28
1947–48 39 23 6 5 - - - - 0 0 45 28
1948–49 39 20 8 9 - - - - 1 1 48 30
1949–50 39 20 5 3 - - - - 0 0 44 23
1950–51 39 14 3 1 - - - - 0 0 42 15
1951–52 40 30 1 0 - - - - 0 0 41 30
1952–53 26 11 4 3 - - - - 1 2 31 16
1953–54 36 12 1 0 - - - - 0 0 37 12
1954–55 22 7 3 1 - - - - 0 0 25 8
Total 380 182 42 26 - - - - 2 3 424 211
Plymouth Argyle 1954–55 13 2 0 0 - - - - 0 0 13 2
1955–56 16 6 0 0 - - - - 0 0 16 6
1956–57 27 6 2 1 - - - - 0 0 29 7
Total 56 14 2 1 - - - - 0 0 58 15
Career total 458 208 44 27 - - - - 2 3 504 238

International goals[edit]

Goal # Date Venue Opposition Result
1 2 December 1948 Highbury, London, England  Switzerland 6–0 Win
2 16 November 1949 Maine Road, Manchester, England  Ireland 9–2 Win
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6 30 November 1949 White Hart Lane, London, England  Italy 2–0 Win

Manager[edit]

[3]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Plymouth Argyle England February 1955 March 1960 238 93 52 93 39.08
Oldham Athletic England July 1960 May 1963 151 66 33 52 43.71
Ajax Netherlands 1963 1964
Wrexham England January 1966 April 1967 58 19 22 17 32.76
Oldham Athletic England October 1968 December 1969 57 16 14 27 28.07

References[edit]

  1. ^ Argyle Managers Greens on Screen. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  3. ^ Jack Rowley management career stats at Soccerbase

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