Lionel Bowen (footballer)

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Lionel Bowen
Personal information
Full name Lionel Francis William Bowen
Date of birth (1915-12-31)31 December 1915
Place of birth Southampton, England
Date of death July 1996 (age 80)
Place of death Marlborough, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1934–1937 Southampton 2 (0)
Winchester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lionel Francis William Bowen QPM (31 December 1915 – July 1996) was an English professional footballer who played at left-back for Southampton in 1937, before a long career in the police.

Football career[edit]

Bowen was born in Sholing, Southampton and educated at Sholing School.[1] After playing for the school and Sholing St. Mary's, he spent a short spell as a trainee at Crystal Palace before returning to his home-town club in September 1934.[1]

He spent the first two seasons with the "Saints" in the reserves, making over 90 appearances, before replacing Donovan Browning for the last two matches of the 1936–37 season, away to Barnsley (lost 2–1) and at home to Nottingham Forest (lost 3–0).[2]

Police career[edit]

During the summer of 1937, Bowen obtained a place at the Metropolitan Police training college at Hendon. He later joined the Hampshire Constabulary, reaching the rank of Chief Superintendent, and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 1977 New Year's Honours.[1]

During World War II, Bowen was on duty in Southampton when he came upon a group of drunken revellers; amongst the men he admonished was a former Saints team-mate, Billy Boyd.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. pp. 39–40. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 96–97. ISBN 0-907969-22-4.