Josh Gowling

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Josh Gowling
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Personal information
Full name Joshua Anthony Isaac Gowling
Date of birth (1983-11-29) 29 November 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Kidderminster Harriers
Number 30
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2003–2005 Herfølge 30 (0)
2004–2005 Ølstykke FC (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2008 Bournemouth 83 (1)
2008 Carlisle United 4 (0)
2008–2009 Hereford United (loan) 13 (0)
2009 Gillingham (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2011 Gillingham 52 (4)
2010 Lincoln City (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2012 Lincoln City 37 (0)
2012– Kidderminster Harriers 97 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:14, 4 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Joshua Anthony Isaac "Josh" Gowling (born 29 November 1983) is an English footballer currently playing for Kidderminster Harriers


Gowling with The Gills.

A central defender, Gowling began his career as a trainee at West Bromwich Albion under the guidance of Richard O'Kelly, who was later Bournemouth's assistant manager.

Following his release from Albion, he signed for Danish Premier Division club Herfølge Boldklub, making 17 appearances in 2003–04 and 13 appearances in 2004–05. He soon became disillusioned with life in Denmark, and returned to England.[citation needed]

He joined Bournemouth on a trial basis to begin with in the 2005 close season, and signed a one-year contract after impressing in various pre-season friendlies.[1] He began the 2005–06 season in good form before rupturing his knee ligaments after about a minute's play in the away match to Brentford – this serious injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.[2] Having gradually returned to full fitness following his injury, Gowling featured in over 30 league games during the 2006–07 season.

His performance in the 2–0 home win against Yeovil Town on 15 March 2008 saw him named in the League One Team of the Week.[3] In 2007–08 he made 39 league appearances as Bournemouth were relegated to League Two.

On 19 June 2008 Gowling, whose contract with Bournemouth had run out, signed for Carlisle United on a free transfer. He agreed a two-year contract with the club, who had lost in the League One play-offs the previous season,[4] but spent most of that season on loan at Hereford, against whom he had made his league debut for Carlisle.

In July 2009 Gowling joined Gillingham on loan, initially for a month,[5] and made his debut on 8 August in a 5–0 home win over Swindon Town. On 26 August 2009, Gowling transferred to Gillingham on a two-year contract, just two days after extending the loan deal for another month.

On 28 October 2010 he agreed to join Lincoln City on a month-long loan deal[6] with the paperwork being completed the following day.[7] He returned to Gillingham at the end of his loan deal.[8]

In July 2011, he joined Crewe Alexandra on trial playing seventy minutes in the club's 4–0 friendly victory at Congleton Town on 11 July 2011[9] but was not offered a contract.[10] On 14 July 2011 he agreed a two-year contract to return to Lincoln City.[11]

On 31 August 2012 he left Lincoln City by mutual consent[12] On the same day he agreed a deal to sign for Kidderminster Harriers.


  1. ^ "Gowling signs Cherries contract". BBC Sport. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "Gowling will miss rest of season". BBC Sport. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Coca-Cola League One Team of the Week (17/03/2008)" (pdf). The Football League. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 16 April 2008. 
  4. ^ "Gowling makes Carlisle switch". BBC Sport. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Josh Gowling signs on loan". Gillingham F.C. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Centre-back agrees loan deal". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Gowling loan move finalised". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Duo agree loan extensions". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Gowling survives clash of heads". Crewe Alexandra F.C. Official Website. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "Alex let go trialists but keeper remains". Crewe Alexandra F.C. Official Website. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Gowling returns on two-year deal". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gowling departs". Lincoln City F.C. Official Website. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 

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