Jason Bowen (footballer)

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Jason Bowen
Personal information
Full name Jason Peter Bowen
Date of birth (1972-08-24) 24 August 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1995 Swansea City 124 (26)
1995–1997 Birmingham City 48 (7)
1997 Southampton (loan) 3 (0)
1997–1999 Reading 15 (1)
1999–2004 Cardiff City 134 (34)
2004–2008 Newport County 149 (48)
2008–2013 Llanelli 70 (10)
Total 543 (126)
National team
1992–1993 Wales U21 5 (1)
1994–1996 Wales 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:23, 13 March 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jason Peter Bowen (born 24 August 1972 in Merthyr Tydfil) is a Welsh former international footballer. Bowen was capped twice by Wales in a career which started at Swansea City.

Playing career[edit]

Born and raised in Merthyr, Bowen made his league debut for Swansea City in the 1990–91 season under manager Terry Yorath. In his five seasons at The Vetch he played 124 league games, scoring 26 goals, mostly under the management of Frank Burrows and captaincy of John Cornforth. Whilst at Swansea, he progressed from the Welsh schools and youth set-ups through to the full international squad, earning his first full cap from Mike Smith in a 2–1 win in Estonia in 1994.

In July 1995, he then moved to Birmingham City where he remained for a further three years. He won his second Welsh cap in a 7–1 defeat in the Netherlands in 1996. He had a spell on loan at Southampton in September 1997 under manager Dave Jones, and made 3 appearances in the Premiership. It seemed that the move would permanent but the clubs were unable to agree a fee,[1] so Bowen returned to Birmingham.

He then moved to Reading in December 1997 before returning to Wales in January 1999 where he spent five years with Cardiff City, suffering one relegation but offsetting that with three promotions as Cardiff took off following the arrival of Sam Hammam. He was put on the transfer list by Cardiff in March 2004[2] and left the club by mutual consent the following month.[3]

In July 2004 he joined Newport County,[4] making his debut on 14 August 2004 at Havant & Waterlooville. He left Newport in the summer of 2008 and signed for Llanelli.[5] Bowen also played for Cardiff City in the 2008 Screwfix Western Masters tournament, and was named player of the tournament. Llanelli folded in April 2013

Personal life[edit]

Bowen has a son Jaye, who is also a footballer who currently plays for Cardiff City under-18 squad.[6]


  1. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 487. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  2. ^ "Cardiff pair set for exit". BBC Sport. 20 March 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Bowen leaves Bluebirds". BBC Sport. 6 April 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Cardiff duo join County". NonLeagueDaily. 30 July 2004. Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Llanelli sign Bowen". South Wales Echo. 17 July 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Jaye Bowen". South Wales Echo. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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